Training your dog is the responsible thing to do. Training a dog is a long process that will require you to learn a lot about canine behavior. Here are some useful tips on finding a proper trainer, or becoming a good one yourself.
Whenever you have to correct your dog, make sure to speak using short and sharp language. It’s not good to rant about how bad your dog is. Firmly say no and redirect them. When speaking to your dog, use a voice that commands respect.
Make sure you remain controlled when rewarding your dog. When the dog correctly follows your commands, you can certainly give a reward. Although you may feel very pleased, control your response to avoid having your training situation become uncontrolled. You should stay calm and then give the reward.
Start with the easy stuff. Smaller, more easily learned behaviors are more likely to produce timely successes and a solid foundation for future training efforts. This gives you greater results when training.
Pick a consistent phrase to use with your puppy while house training. For example, you could use the phrase, “go potty” when you take them outside to help them remember what to do when you go outside and say the command.
Identify a single word that you will use as a no-bark command. If your dog barks, repeat the order, offer a treat when they stop barking and pet them to show you are satisfied. Then, you reward them with a treat. When you repeat this action multiple times, your dog will eventually learn that the order means to be quiet.
Make sure your dog has gotten its shots. If your efforts to train your dog continue to fail with no clear reason for doing so, it may be time to have his health checked out by a vet. Interestingly, many dogs often hide negative feelings and habits. A lot of the time you will find that your dog is sick when they act differently. For example, aggression can be a sign of pain, and sudden regression in-house training can signal a urinary tract infection.
If you know there are certain things that trigger a bad response from your dog, try and keep his attention whenever these things come up. Alternatively stated, when your pet dislikes the company of other animals, try to distract him or her whenever you encounter them out in the neighborhood. This will help him correlate the relationship between that stimuli and the positive things that come from it.
Avoid using those nasty wee-wee pads when potty training your new puppy. When they leak, they tend to mark the area with enzymes that tell your dog the area used is okay to go potty. The pads may also confuse the dog because of their shape. It could cause the dog to think that a bathroom mat or welcome mat is a place to go potty. It is always better to take your dog outdoors to use the bathroom.
These tips will make your dog a great member of the family. You will enjoy the time you spend with your dog more if he is properly trained. Whether you train your dog yourself, or hire a professional, the fact that your dog is being trained is of the utmost importance.