Dog owners buy their pet expecting things to turn out well. Yet, all too often things don’t go as expected and the dog is given to an animal shelter. This doesn’t need to be the cause, though. If your dog is trained properly, he is like part of the family. The process of turning a dog who is not obedient to one who is can be hard; however, if you are willing to take some time and utilize some helpful advice, you can do it. Continue reading.
When crate training a new puppy or dog, help the dog realize that the crate is its home. At meal times, try to place their food in the crate by leaving the door wide open while they’re eating. This will create a good association between the crate and their food.
Rewarding your dog properly and generously is important when it comes to training them. Dog treats must be plentiful and strategically timed. Unless you administer praise and treats as soon as the dog exhibits the desired behavior, he will not be able to connect the behavior to the treat.
Timing is essential when you are training your dog, so you want to spend enough time training them but do not want go overboard. Start by having a shorter training session and add a little more time daily. Know when your dog does not pay attention when you are training it.
Always buy a crate that is the correct size for your dog so you can train them well. Keep in mind that puppies get bigger. Choose a crate that your puppy can grow in, but won’t grow out of. The dog must have enough room to lie down and turn around without getting crowded.
In dog training, use the same volume and tone of voice when you state a command. Your tone conveys seriousness to the dog and the fact that they must obey you. They will also know when you are being positive.
When you are approaching an unfamiliar dog, be sure to approach slowly and offer the dog the back of your hand to sniff. That is the first step in getting the dog accustomed to your smell and building trust between you. Once a dog is used to your scent, it will trust you and obey your orders.
Training should be completed in small spurts. Dogs can’t concentrate for long periods of time, so long training sessions are pointless. If you want to train more you should always give yourself and dog a break.
Your dog must learn that there is no need for it to respond to your utterance of the word ‘no.’ Training must be a positive experience for your dog. If you just say “no”, your dog might not understand what is acceptable. Every situation and dog is different and their training should be tailored accordingly.
Consistency is key when housebreaking your dog. Take your dog to the bathroom at least once each hour. When the dog eliminates outside, offer it praise. Never react harshly to your dog going potty inside. He is unaware of the problem, and shouting will be ineffective. It’s better to teach your dog to expect to potty outside by taking him out a few minutes after meals or after being crated.
Dogs all exhibit certain behaviors, so make sure you have your house set up to accommodate them. Dogs need a healthy diet too, along with a place to get exercise and lots of stimulation.
When training your dog, use many resources, such as books on training your dog, dog magazines and books about the particular breed of dog that you wish to train. Speak to people who have your breed of dog, to get ideas from them. Based on your findings, you should customize your training plan accordingly.
It is absolutely possible to have a happy and well mannered dog. Train your pet often, but also shower him with affection, and you can meet his needs. Utilize the tactics above to help your dog become a part of the family.