Training a new dog can be discouraging at first. However, by using the advice found here you will discover how to improve your relationship with your pet and build a stronger understanding of your animal’s needs as well as yours.
You can try a little bit of ingenuity if you are going with crate training for your indoor dog or puppy. If your dog doesn’t want to enter the crate, put a chew bone inside the crate, then close to door. Once they know the treat is in the crate, you will have to hold them back to stop them from getting the bone because they’ll be so eager. When he finally goes into the crate to retrieve the toy, shower the dog with praise.
It takes small steps to crate train your puppy; they must become accustomed to it. Allow them to feel comfortable in their crate by closing the door and feeding them treats while praising them. 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 they become upset, you are moving too fast.
You need to reward your dog to be successful. Unless you offer treats appropriately and frequently, it’s almost impossible to keep him motivated and interested. This is because dogs tend not to understand what it’s being rewarded for when they do not get it at the proper time.
Specific feeding habits should be established for your dog. Training your dog to expect that when fed, once or twice a day, you will be removing the food bowl in 10-15 minutes, will lay down a feeding schedule that your dog will adhere to. Soon, your pet will finish the meal before you’re ready to remove its dish.
Ensure that your dog eats well. A poor diet will negatively affect your dog’s skin, eyes, muscles, bones and joints. If your dog isn’t getting what it needs to stay healthy, it could really struggle to find the energy for training or may act out in other ways. Sometimes, it is possible to improve your pet’s behavior and cooperation simply by improving the quality of his or her diet.
“Leave it” is a command that should be taught and reinforced early on. “Leave it” can prevent furniture chewing, save valuable objects from being destroyed and save your dog from consuming dangerous and/or poisonous substances.
When you are training your dog, be mindful of the time spent in one session. If you spend a lot of time on only one thing, your dog can get bored and frustrated. Only spend 10 minutes during the first couple of sessions.
When training your pet, see to it that you get its attention all the time. Begin each command by using his name. Give a simple command after beginning with the dog’s name. Dogs usually respond to names immediately and they know you need them to be attentive.
Consistency is the key to training. When many members of a family are working to train a dog, be certain that each person uses identical commands, rewards and discipline. Dogs will learn better and faster if they have a set commands that they need to follow.
Praising your pooch is an absolute must during training sessions. Be positive, excited and provide treats. Avoid rewarding improper behavior since the dog will relate this to positive reinforcement too.
One trick to remember when training your pet is to introduce it to different social environments frequently. The only way for your dog to learn how to behave around other people and pets is for him to experience the situation. Your dog will be better able to handle new situations.
By being consistent in toilet training, you dog will learn to wait until he is outside to relieve himself. Be sure to take your puppy out for scheduled, hourly potty breaks when you’re home. Give him a little praise if he makes waste outside. Try not to get angry and reprimand your dog if he/she goes in the house. The yellowing won’t help him understand, and he certainly doesn’t know better. Make a habit of walking him around fifteen minutes after eating or drinking anything, and after coming out of his dog crate.
A well trained dog is calmer and happier, and an obedient dog is a satisfying pet for you and your entire family. Get started today, and you will soon be reaping the rewards.