Deciding to have a new dog enter your life can be a very joyous occasion. But as the weeks drag on, that excitement can turn into annoyance and frustration. You may start to wonder why you bothered. But, training your dog to properly behave can return positive feelings. The advice below will help you set out a winning strategy.
Put yourself in the dog’s situation. Frustration is easy during training your dog. Understand your dogs position, to reduce any tension that you may have towards them. This allows you to gain more insight into what is most likely to work and what should be avoided.
Discourage unwanted behavior when you see it. Use a firm voice when you say “no” to your dog. Don’t raise your voice or strike your dog. Make sure to discourage any bad behavior while it is happening, or soon afterwards. Your dog has a very short memory span. If your reaction takes too long, your dog will not understand what it is you are trying to say.
Be patient when training a dog. This will keep you and your pupy from becoming frustrated or angry. Your dog will do its best, but give your dog enough time to remember orders. You need to remember that your puppy needs to form the association between the word and the behavior you expect.
Leash-training starts with a loose leash. Dogs love exploring when they get to walk. Since they will be so eager, they may try to pull too hard, straining the leash. Rather than allowing this behavior to continue, a looser leash walk should be encouraged by the person in control of the animal.
If you opt to use indoor potty pads, put them in the same place every time. Use potty pads in the acceptable area, and gradually reduce the size of the area to only one potty pad.
Only say a dog’s name when it’s in a positive context. By doing this, you’ll ensure yourself a higher rate of success because your dog associates its name to good behavior. Therefore, you should never use your dog’s name in a negative manner.
Have you heard of the shake-can training method? Drop some coins into an empty can and close it up. If your pup misbehaves, just give the can a shake. It will startle the dog and halt his behavior. After a few repetitions, the dog realizes he can’t perform that behavior. Do not shake the can too much, as this will teach your dog to zone out the sound.
Training a dog requires love, patience and lots of treats. The tips we’ve gone over will set you and your new pup onto the path of a loving wonderful relationship for the years to come. Although successful training will not happen overnight, it will happen over time.