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. Proper training will produce a good well-behaved family dog. It doesn’t have to be hard to train your dog, you will see that if you spend a little time it can be easy.
When crate training a new puppy or dog, help the dog realize that the crate is its home. You should place the food bowl inside the crate and leave the door of the crate open while they eat their food. The dog will recognize the crate as having delicious food.
Ensure that your dog eats well. The effects a bad diet has on your dog extend further than you might think. It is damaging to their health as well as making them more prone to bad behaviors. With the right healthy diet, your dog will be more energetic and eager to please during training sessions.
Keep your dogs tied at a safe distance from each other. They could tangle the chains in such a way so that one or both of the dogs are stuck or injured. In the worst case, a large dog might be able to strangle or crush a smaller one, entirely by accident, while trying to free itself.
You should keep doggy treats handy for rewarding your dog. They need to know that the behavior they have done is exactly what you wanted them to do. This is the proper way to make sure that your dog learns the difference between right and wrong.
Choose an easily teachable action to train your dog with in the beginning. Smaller, more easily learned behaviors are more likely to produce timely successes and a solid foundation for future training efforts. You’ll see positive results as you train.
The first thing you should teach your dog is to “leave it.” This commands the dog to drop whatever is in its mouth. This basic command is extremely helpful when your dog is chewing on something he shouldn’t and also helps to keep him away from dangerous items.
When you are training your dog, be mindful of the time spent in one session. Dog attention spans only go so far, so make sure not to go on too long. Keep the lessons down to about 10 minutes or so.
Your dog needs to understand that ‘no’ means they need to stop what they are doing right away. Stick to positive training methods, as they can help the most. Telling them “no” does not help them know how to react to you. Not only is each situation different, every breed of dog is also different. Therefore, you should adjust your training based off your dog’s breed and the specific situation at hand.
Is your dog getting the food he needs? Just as in the case of kids, dogs have the potential to grow hyper, bratty and scattered if they do not eat the right foods. If your dog’s diet is poor, then change it to include nutrition that’s appropriate for him. This ensures that your dog has constant energy throughout the entire day. Also, speak with your vet to make sure that your dog is getting the proper nutritional content.
As this article has shown, you can effectively train your dog. Love, attention and training are the key components for a well-rounded dog. Follow the steps listed above and your dog will become, and remain, an important part of your family.