If your dog is one of those innately obedient dogs, then congratulations, you don’t need these tips, but most dogs need a little of training, whether it’s to stop them from being overbearing with strangers or ripping up the upholstery. Use the following tips to help make your dog happy and well-behaved.
When crate training a puppy, try to make your puppy feel like the crate is his home. Leave food near or inside the crate and leave the door open. This will help the dog make a positive association between the food and the crate.
Gradual increments are easiest on your dog when going through crate training. Once he is comfortable walking in and out of the crate, try quietly closing the door and offering him a biscuit through the wires. In the beginning it is important to only leave the dog in the crate for a few seconds. After a while you will be able to leave them in the crate for longer amounts of time. If the puppy gets too upset then you increased the time too much, too fast.
When correcting your dog, be concise. Don’t drag on and rant how your dog is bad. Simply say no and direct them to what you want them to do instead. Let your dog know that if you raise your voice they need to pay attention.
Timing is everything in canine training, and you need to make sure you don’t overdo it. Begin with brief sessions and extend them from there. Notice when your dog begins getting distracted during a training session.
To have success in puppy training, you need to be able to control it with commands. It is important for your dog to know that you are the one who is in control, so that he respects and obeys you. Do not let your dog walk ahead of you when you go on walks.
Do not allow your pet to become complacent in his training. Establish a clear set of rules and stick with it at all times. Some dog owners make the mistake of thinking that once training has ended, no further action is required. Dogs are much like humans, in the sense that they share the same habitual learning system. Your dog must follow the rule system strictly.
Refrain from using shock collars and similar training devices. They are both expensive and unlikely to work properly. Plus, shock collars are not positive reinforcement when your dog is exhibiting proper behavior. You will usually get negative results with these techniques.
Approach any unfamiliar dog with care. Walk slowly toward him and allow the dog to sniff your hand before trying to pet the dog. This lets them warm up to the scent and they’ll most likely trust you. When the dog becomes familiar with your smell, he will not fear you and will respond to your commands easier.
Don’t despair if your pooch is acting crazy. With perseverance and sheer will, you can train your dog. Use the tips listed here in order to minimize the hardships when it comes to training your dog and you will be able to maximize the results, as well.