Some dog owners are blessed with naturally obedient animals. You might not be one of them, but that’s no reason to sit still and put up with a willful dog who acts aggressive, behaves improperly in the house, or refuses to obey simple commands. Utilize the following tips to help turn your dog into a well behaved family member.
Ensure that your dog gets plenty of exercise and stimulation. When dogs have nothing to do, they can get bored. A dog without interest in what you’re doing is more difficult to train. Your dog will be more relaxed and willing to listen if he is exercised frequently. Walk or run your dog frequently.
Multiple repetitions will be necessary for a dog to learn new commands. You may need to repeat the same command lesson from 25 to 30 times before your dog learns it. Continue repeating the same command with patience, and eventually your dog will learn it.
Establish a verbal cue to let your dog know when a command has been carried out to your satisfaction. The word “yes” may serve as a good gap-filler in between the dog’s good behavior and the giving of the reward.
To keep your dog compliant with his training, be sure to continue the process well after he has performed the way that you have hoped. Most owners think training once is all that it takes. But pets and humans actually share the same types of habit learning systems; if they don’t practice they will forget! For this reason, it is essential to make sure that your dog adheres to a clear-cut set of rules.
Treats are necessary when teaching a dog fancy tricks like rolling over. Start by getting the dog to lay down. Then, hold the treat over your dog’s head and swipe it above and around his head, causing him to roll over. His nose will follow the treat, naturally making him roll over. While rolling, use your vocal command. Don’t get frustrated if it takes a few tries, once he learns this trick he’ll be the star of the dog park!
A consistent schedule of feeding and potty-time is very important when house training your dog. This gives you important forehand knowledge to prevent accidents and your dog an association of cause and effect to follow. A schedule will train your dog to know when he will get to go out next.
If your dog wants to jump you should squeeze their paws when they do so, they will know that they shouldn’t do that. Although it may be uncomfortable, it does not hurt them when done lightly. Eventually, they’ll quit jumping on other people because they’ll start associating jumping with this pinching.
Make training with your dog fun. It builds a strong bond between the two of you and encourages them to want to please you. Although training itself is fun, it is good to spend time each day just playing with your dog because you can.
Be consistent when training your dog. If there are several trainers, ensure that they are all being consistent with rewards and commands. The dog will have an easier time learning if he has only one set of commands to learn and if he knows what response each behavior will receive.
When house training your new puppy, accidents are likely to happen from time to time. Clean accidents as quickly as you can. Odor from feces or urine can stay in your carpet which will make your dog return to it when it wants to urinate. Visit a good pet shop to find products created especially for odor control.
Using a different tone of voice for different purposes is a great teaching tool for training your dog. Each tone that you give should represent the emotion of the command that you giving. Commands should be clearly stated in a firm tone. Corrections and reprimands must be spoken more firmly, while praise should be delivered in a natural tone.
Is your dog eating a nutritionally-sound diet? If your dog is not eating the right kind of diet, they might become inattentive, hyperactive or even sick. There are specialty foods available for individual dog breeds. You can try one of these if your dog’s energy seems low. Ask your vet before changing your pet’s diet.
Often, bad chewing habits are caused by anxiety. Using a dog gate to set aside his own space or a crate to confine his nervousness may provide him with the security he needs while you are away, and adding a chew toy may redirect some of his destructive tendencies.
Even the worst dogs can learn better behavior. It just takes some knowledge and patience. Make use of the tips you just read to minimize the hardship involved in training your dog while maximizing the results at the same time.