Be sure you are walking your dog and not the other way around! The article below can help you train your dog, so that both of you have a great life together.
Never yell at a dog that is barking. Shouting at your dog may have the opposite effect to what you’re looking for. The confusion allows the dog to thing that they were right to bark, and therefore it is better to remain calm.
To enforce positive behavior when it comes to training your dog, be sure that you praise your dog. Give treats, smile, and get excited so your dog will associate good behavior with a positive result. Do not reward bad behavior; instead correct unwanted behaviors and praise when your dog responds correctly.
Do you homework to find out whether your own particular training tactics are appropriate for your dog’s breed. Certain breeds are slower when it comes to retaining new information; others are stubborn and may require additional time. Sometimes, more patience is required than others for certain breeds, such as a basset hound or beagle.
Do not use shock collars and similar training devices. They often do not function properly and their cost is rarely justified. Plus, using devices like shock collars can stifle your dog and discourage even good behavior. These techniques don’t normally work.
When you are going to be training your dog, it is important that you limit the length of the training sessions. Start by having a shorter training session and add a little more time daily. You can figure out when your dog isn’t paying attention during training.
Identify what exactly it is that your dog is always barking at to help curb the behavior. A variety of things can cause this, whether other animals, unknown people or specific sounds. Your dog should realize barking in such situations is needless.
Reinforce positive behavior in your dog. This doesn’t mean punishing them when they misbehave; it means just simply not reinforcing poor behavior. Negative enforcement might just make your dog scared of you. Instead, use positive reinforcement to have your dog look forward to the results of good behavior.
Be firm with your dog when training, for its own sake. Yelling at the dog is counterproductive, and it is necessary to balance strictness in response to misbehavior and love in response to obedience. Maintaining a proper balance ensures that the relationship between you and your dog is strong.
Don’t let a dog drag you around. You should always be leading the way, not vice-versa. You need good tools, including the right collar and a short leash. Then you will be more successful. Don’t forget that you are the boss.
Your dog’s diet plays a huge role in their training and establishing a definitive feeding routine is important. Training your dog to expect that when fed, once or twice a day, you will be removing the food bowl in 10-15 minutes, will lay down a feeding schedule that your dog will adhere to. After some time training the dog this way, it will begin to finish the food before it is time to pick up the bowl.
If your dog jumps up, quickly bring your knee up to encounter his chest and say OFF! It is uncomfortable to them when you squeeze gently, and they learn not to repeat the behavior. After a while, they will stop jumping on people because they will associate it with the uncomfortable feeling.
If you have a pet you might think that you cannot do this. Training your dog will become much easier and you should be successful once you understand which techniques you need to use.
Not knowing how to properly train your dog can be frustrating to both you and your pooch. Hopefully you now feel more confident about training your dog since reading this article.