Many people wish to have a well-trained dog but don’t really understand what’s involved. Doubts about the process can discourage people from even trying. To train your dog successfully, you need to understand the basic principles of canine training. In this article, we will present a number of tried-and-true puppy training methods.
When you do give your dog correction verbally, make those corrections short, sharp and to the point. Don’t berate your dog with a lengthy speech. Simply address the issue and move on. Also speak with authority so they understand you mean business.
Always reward good, calm behavior. You and the dog should both remain calm. Although you are certainly excited about your dog’s accomplishment, showcasing lots of excitement on your end can cause your dog to become too excited, which causes you to lose control. Stay calm, have them be calm, and reward them for appropriate behavior.
Dogs will focus on something and ignore all else unless something breaks that attention. If you get your dog to focus on you, it will help his behavior.
Do not tie up your dogs too closely. The chain from one dog could wrap around the second and the dogs could get hurt trying to get free. If a big dog is tangled up with a little one, they may get so wrapped up that air passages are blocked off, and one could potentially die.
Choosing the correct crate size is extremely important. Remember, puppies grow up. Choose a crate that works both for puppy and mature sizes. There should be ample room for the dog to lie down and turn comfortably.
During the dog training process, take care not to inadvertently reinforce bad behavior. Do not pay attention to your dog or pet it if he does something you are not happy about. For instance, it will be difficult or impossible to train your dog not to jump on people if you give your pet a friendly neck-scratch when he or she jumps on you.
If you are going to be training a pet, you should think about a word or noise that will tell your pet they did a good thing. Certain words like “yes” are great for bridging the time between obeying an order and receiving the reward.
Training your pet to roll over very easy. Just remember to have treats in hand. Start by getting the dog to lay down. Then hold the treat at the side of the dog’s head and move it around it’s face to the other side. He will follow the treat by rolling over. When he rolls over, you should say “roll over,” and repeat the process until the command is all he needs to do so. Put your frustration aside and he’ll be performing this trick all over the place in no time.
Stay away from high end training devices like shock collars. In addition to being very expensive, they usually do not work as well as the more traditional training techniques. Also, using devices such as shock collars can restrain your dog while discouraging good behavior. These tools often do more harm than good.
Have a treat ready to reward your dog after it properly completes a task you ask it to do. It is important that your dog is able to establish a connection between the command and the action that gains a reward. This is the proper way to make sure that your dog learns the difference between right and wrong.
With any luck, the material you just read has given you a sense of confidence about puppy training. Use these tips and continue learning as you embark on your lifelong journey of discovery with your dog.