Many dogs are placed in shelters since they didn’t behave the way their owners wanted. Often, this can be avoided. Properly trained dogs have the potential to be charming, happy and loving parts of any family. Use the information below to help your dog become well mannered and an obedient family member.
Reprimands should be delivered quickly and in a sharp tone. Do not drag on in a rant to your dog about how bad they are. Just say no and show them the behavior you expect. Also speak with authority so they understand you mean business.
It may take several times for your dog to learn new commands. It’s very likely to take many repetitions of one command in order for your pup to fully understand it. Keep working patiently on the command- he’ll get it with time.
Make sure that your dog’s crate is the right size for him if you are going to use it to train him. Puppies will get bigger. Be sure to select a crate that allows your dog to have ample room as it grows. Don’t restrict the size so much so that the dog cannot lie or turn easily.
When trying to train your dog, avoid accidentally reinforcing negative behaviors. You should avoid using strips of food or attention to train when you are trying to discourage behaviors. Don’t scratch the dogs back, give it a snack or reward it in any way if it jumps, barks or does anything you don’t approve of.
Avoiding accidents entirely is the best way to toilet train a dog. Watch for signals that your dog has to go out to relieve himself. Common ones include whining, pacing and even consistent staring. If you see any of these signs, get him outdoors! Get out the leash and head for their designated potty area. Praise your dog when he does his business where he is supposed to. With some time, your dog will be able to tell you when he needs to go outside.
The best way to train your dog is to use different tones of voices. Command and praise should differ in tone, as should corrections. Keep your commands short and sharp while corrections should be louder.
Give your dog new challenges often. While you may know your dog hasn’t forgotten anything, try little tests to ensure he remembers all the commands he’s learned up to that point.
Make sure you are consistent when you train your dog. The commands that you use should be used by others as well. Make a list, and make sure other people who deal with your dog know the commands. Only reward for good behavior. Bad behavior must have its own reaction. If the dog gets different responses from different people, he can get confused.
As discussed in this guide, having a healthy and happy dog is not hard to have. All that your dog needs is good training, the right amount of attention, and plenty of support and love from you. Keep the tips in this article in mind and you’ll have a great dog in no time.