Many dogs are dropped off at an animal shelter by owners perturbed by their pet’s behavior; however, with proper training this situation can be avoided. Any dog can be happily trained when you do your research. Use the information below to help your dog become well mannered and an obedient family member.
When you are working on crate training with your dog or puppy small steps is what works best for them to get used to it. If they are uncomfortable with the door closed then try to feed them snacks to reassure them that they are okay. Keep them in the crate for a small duration and slowly increase that duration. If your dog becomes restless, you may be ramping up too quickly.
Create a calm environment whenever you enter the room the dog is in. Play time is great, but your dog needs to learn to stay calm as his master enters the room. Do not acknowledge his presence when you enter, so the atmosphere remains controlled until you decide when his play time begins.
A dog has an inquiring mind and will look at one thing for quite a while until its attention is broken. Repetition and practice will result in your dog waiting to take cues from you rather than being distracted by other things.
During the earliest days of training your pet, stick with simple directives. Not only will you achieve gratification due to your success, but your dog will know what acceptable behavior is. This helps you get better results.
When a dog jumps up on you, grab its paws with your hand and lightly squeeze to let them know that it is unacceptable behavior. This will not harm your dog if done gently, but it will be uncomfortable. It won’t take much time for your dog to associate the unpleasant squeeze with jumping on a person, and he will quickly refrain from doing so.
When training your dog, always remember to have fun. If you do so, your dog will feel closer to you, and even respond to training better. While training can be considered fun, be prepared to spend some time just playing as well.
When your pet hears you speak the word ‘no’, your dog must understand that a response is not expected. Use positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior. Saying ‘no’ does not teach your dog how to react. There is a difference in all dogs and training should be customized.
When you toilet train your dog, avoid accidents! Watch for signals that your dog has to go out to relieve himself. They might walk back and forth or whine. When you know the cue, take action immediately. Take your dog outside and escort him to his favorite spot. Be sure to give him praise for proper toileting. He’ll want to go out and do the right thing soon enough.
The first step in leash training a young puppy is to get him or her used to the collar during play. Your puppy needs to get used to wearing a collar before it can behave while you are walking it on a leash. Make sure you get a tag with your address to your dog’s collar.
In conclusion, it’s not impossible to have a well-behaved dog. You cannot achieve this, however, unless you can provide your dog with the affection and discipline he requires. By following these steps you can make your dog a part of the family.