A clean home can be hard to have with an untrained dog. You need to learn all you can about puppy training in order to do it properly. Keep reading for some useful tips that will help you train your dog.
Understand limitations of older dogs. Older dogs can never be trained to perfection, as they are going to have minor quirks you should just learn to live with. A dog in his senior years may not be as receptive to changes and new behaviors. Although you can teach them some new tricks, it’s probably best that you focus on undoing negative habits they have instead of trying to teach them cool new tricks.
Be sure to take your dog to the vet annually for vaccinations and a physical exam. If you see that your dog has trouble with certain parts of training, or you notice that he has started to backslide, be sure his health is good. Dogs are good at hiding discomfort and pain. Frequently, the only way you will know that a health problem exists is when you observe changes in behavior. In some cases, a dog will show pain through being aggressive. If your dog has a regression in it’s toileting training, it may be an urinary tract infection.
As your dog becomes increasingly more responsive to training, you can begin to give him more freedom. The balance between freedom and obedience is a rewarding one. Try to remember that you shouldn’t provide a lot freedom at one time, as it could regress the training that you’ve been doing.
Using a loose leash is key when you are training your dog to accept a leash. Dogs become excited when they are exploring a new area. Because of their eagerness; they tend to strain on the limits of a leash. A good dog trainer will work to discourage this and teach the dog to walk with a bit of slack on the leash.
You need to teach your dog right away that they should drop or back away from something when you say “leave it.” You can protect their safety and stop them from destroying valuables by teaching them to obey this simple command.
Older dogs can certainly learn a trick, but be careful with physical limitations. For example, you don’t want to have a dog with arthritis to crawl for long distances. An added benefit to training an older dog is that it will stimulate his cognitive functions. Remember that the last thing you want to do is force your older pet to perform certain tricks or behaviors that may cause physical discomfort.
When you toilet train your dog, avoid accidents! You need to know what they act like if they have to use the bathroom. Common ones include whining, pacing and even consistent staring. Don’t put it off when your dog is doing these things. Get his leash so you can take him to the designated potty area. Praise them for going to the bathroom properly. The dog will eventually give you a sign when he needs to go out.
Correcting a dog should be done quickly and concisely. Do not waste time ranting about how bad your dog is. Simply address the issue and move on. When speaking to your dog, use a voice that commands respect.
New dog owners often think dog training is impossible. It can be easy when you know what to do and you take the time to do it every day.
Hopefully, you now have a much better understanding how to keep your home clean through proper puppy training. Build a consistent strategy to get towards the goals you want for your home.