Even if you thought the dog you brought home was a perfect angel, it’s not uncommon to find some disastrous behavioral problems with a new puppy. There is hope! You can train aggressive or naughty behaviors out of your dog.
Since they are pack animals, dogs crave firm, respectful leadership. Sometimes you will have a dog that will be an Alpha, but this can be fixed. Make sure your dog knows that you are the boss for a better behaved and secure dog.
Knowing what kind of treats and foods your dog prefers will help you during the training process. Your dog will be more motivated and work harder if the rewards you use in training are his favorite things to eat. Pay attention to his reaction when you reward him.
Make sure you have your dog ‘fixed’ when he or she is about six months old. This should be done at the same time you start obedience training. The dog will preform better in obedience training after they have been neutered or spayed. You and your dog will have many more happy years together and your pet will also be healthier.
If you are working on crate training your indoor puppy or dog, you can always try a few tricks. A dog is naturally hesitant about a crate at first. A way to get them interested is to put their favorite toy in the crate, then shut the door. Your dog will want the bone and will be unable to resist entering the crate. Upon entering the crate, praise your puppy to make sure it knows it did a good job.
It is possible to teach your pup to wait to eliminate, if you are consistent in your training. Be sure to take your puppy out for scheduled, hourly potty breaks when you’re home. Make sure that you give praise if your dog goes to the bathroom outdoors. Do not punish or yell at your dog for having an accident indoors. He won’t know what he did wrong and will learn nothing. Allow your dog the chance to go out after meals and when he gets out of a crate/pen.
Dogs can become terrified of storms to the point of injury. Ask your vet for recommendations regarding your dog’s thunder-phobia. Your veterinarian can suggest and prescribe some mild sedative for your dog to take prior to a storm. This is usually a last-ditch effort that occurs when modifying behavior isn’t enough to tackle the issue, but it can benefit the dog’s life if it’s serious enough.
Reinforce calm behavior upon your arrival. Play time needs to be a distinctive time you initiate. When you ignore the dog on entry, they shouldn’t bother you about playing.
One command that should be taught early to a puppy is “leave it.” This teaches them to drop something and step way from it. “Leave it” can prevent furniture chewing, save valuable objects from being destroyed and save your dog from consuming dangerous and/or poisonous substances.
Many people are bitten by dogs because of their fears of that exact thing happening. When your dog feels afraid or trapped, it will bite. Using force as a training technique with your dog is a bad idea. The dog’s natural instincts will be to fight back. Your dog will be eager for your approval.
It is not uncommon for dog owners to express surprise at the simplicity of weaving dog training efforts into daily life, and how fast they achieve great outcomes. If you are feeling some tension and stress with your canine friend, give these helpful hints a chance.