Show Your Dog How It’s Done With These Great Training Tips!
When you train your dog he will act better all around. Training also promotes the relationship between you and your dog.
When you are using a dog crate in your training, you need to help your dog get used to it as his home. Whenever it’s time for them to eat, place their food bowl into the crate and leave the door open when eating. This will give your dog a positive association with the crate.
Dog owners can find great value in being affectionate toward their pets. Positive reinforcement has been proven to work better in a training situation than negativity. Dogs are social beings and love praise. Your efforts will go a long way toward improving future training sessions as well.
Timing is important when dog training, so you should spend sufficient time training him but should not overdo it. Start out training for just a few minutes each day and work up to half an hour or so over time. Try to determine when your dog stops paying attention to you during your sessions.
Until your dog is well trained, training should be constant. If you are unsure that your dog will follow any command that you give, training is not done. Every interaction with your dog should be approached from a dominant, training standpoint. You should consistently teach your dog that you are in control, much like a true pack leader does.
Look for triggers that may cause bad behavior from your dog. If your dog is suddenly exhibiting unwanted behaviors, maybe something has changed that day: Has he been able to go on a walk or has he been cooped up? Were you gone all day when normally someone is at home? Dogs are creatures of consistency and when things change their behavior can change as well.
When training your dog for specific commands, be sure to use the exact same wording during everyday life as you do during training sessions. If you select “down” for “lie down”, use “down” every time you want the dog to lie down. Changing up the terminology can confuse your dog and interfere with training.
For a dog to become house trained you should always have them on the same feeding schedule everyday, so their elimination time is always the same. This gives both you and the dog a heads up as to when they need to go outside, and you can make sure that happens before they make a mess indoors. This will also teach your dog “hold it” until her next trip outside.
Only work on one command at a time. Focusing on one command allows your dog to really hone that skill and get it right. By trying to learn too much at once, you risk confusing your dog, and they may have more difficulty remembering which behavior goes with which command.
Basic training is crucial for a well-mannered, confident, happy, and relaxed dog…and their owner! There are many, many different tips on dog training available and you will find some that work for you. So put some of our tips into practice and go have fun with your dog!