There are a number of reasons for having a pet dog. Maybe it was the cute as a button pup or the big, beautiful eyes that got you. However, it is important to know how to teach the dog to behave so he is welcome in your home. In order to have an obedient dog, it will take some training. Keep reading to get the training done well.
Rewards are essential to effective training. Treats are great to give your dog when he does something good, but timing is very important when doing so. This is because a dog does not always understand what it is being rewarded for if they do not receive their treat at the right time.
Whenever you train your dog to play fetch, make sure you show them that you are in charge by having him bring you the ball. The dog will think of itself as the leader if you pick up the ball after it drops it. By doing this, your dog starts to learn what you want from him.
As soon as your dog is bad, discourage the behavior right away. You should say ‘no’ to your dog in a tone that is firm. Do not yell, and never ever hit the dog. Discourage poor behavior immediately. Dogs have short attention spans. By waiting, your dog will simply get confused.
When training your dog properly, never use food to control any particular behavior. Dogs need food for survival, so reward them another way. Rewards are nice, but be sure to include petting and praising.
When your dog does something unacceptable, make sure that it becomes known. Do something that makes them uncomfortable so that they can associate their action with something negative. In time, they will cease jumping on humans, as they will have the negative association with the squeezing.
You can use a can that you shake at your dog to train them. Place a hand full of coins in any empty can, and then seal it up with tape. If your dog does something bad, you can shake the can. Your dog will be startled and it will alter his behavior. Once you have done this, your dog will understand that what he is doing is unacceptable. Never shake the can more than once, as multiple shakes will just desensitize your dog.
Understand that older dogs have certain limitations. You will be unable to train an older dog perfectly; embrace their personality and quirks! Remember that if you adopt an older dog, they may be very set in their ways. While teaching new habits to him may not be impossible, it is sometimes better to focus on negative things you can change and get used to living with the other habits.
Are you now ready to work with your dog? These ideas have certainly given you some excellent places to begin. Remember, an obedient dog is the goal. However, this can’t be achieved instantly and requires some time and patience. But, it will be worth it when you look into those lovable eyes that are eager to follow your every command or the sweet little puppy that grows up to be the perfect companion! Use these tips and select the best strategies for each situation with your dog.