Way to go! What happens now? You and your new dog will both be happier if he is well trained. Training your dog begins with knowing methods and best practices. These tips will help you understand these.
It may take several times for your dog to learn new commands. It isn’t unusual to have to repeat a trick dozens of times before the dog understands. Continue repeating the command patiently, and eventually your dog will understand it.
When trying to train your dog, avoid accidentally reinforcing negative behaviors. Don’t ever reward a dog that is behaving badly. For instance, avoid rubbing the dog’s head every time they jump up when you get home.
To strengthen your training efforts, you can use a designated verbal command to help your animal know what your expectations are and when they have been fulfilled. Words like “yes” could be an effective way of communicating to your dog that he has done something you are pleased about.
Continue training your dog so he doesn’t forget how to learn. Many owners believe that once training is over, the dog will be set for life. Dogs are much like humans, in the sense that they share the same habitual learning system. This is why on-going training is important.
As your dog progresses, you won’t need to exert so much control. The right balance of training, obedience and freedom ensures your dog has an enjoyable life. However, don’t allow your dog to have too much freedom because this could negatively impact your training.
You can use a spray bottle filled with water as a mild aversive to prevent inappropriate chewing. This helps show him that you will not tolerate certain behaviors. Soon, you will see an improvement in your dog’s behavior.
When training your dog, it is important to remember to keep the training sessions relatively short. You should spend only fifteen minutes for every single task you give your dog. Going over this time per task is only going to frustrate both you and your dog, which impedes progress. Always reward your dog with praise and attention after a training session.
Is your dog getting proper nutrition? Like kids, a dog’s mood can be severely affected by their diet. Alter your dogs diet to make sure they are getting proper energy during the day. Check with your vet about any specific nutritional needs he might need attending to!
Improving the dog’s recall is key. You dog should know to go back to you every time that you call him. Training your dog in small increments will help him to obey no matter what else is going on. You might just save your canine’s life some day because of recall, so never skip or pass on training this, regardless of what it takes to get it done.
Never punish your dog while trying to train him. Do everything you can to cut off misbehavior before it happens, and if your dog does misbehave during training, you should show what what behavior you want to see, not punish your pet. Training involves positive reciprocation between you and your dog; there is really no place for punishment.
Both dogs and owners are happy when the dog is well-trained. You now have the information you need to get started with training your dog to become the well behaved pet you have been wanting.