If you have never trained a dog before and are just getting to know your dog, expect some frustration. Luckily, the advice below will go a long way towards helping you get the dog you want. Your dog/owner relationship will improve, and you both will be happier.
The key to successful crate training with a new canine is making sure they understand that it is their home. During meal time, place their food in the crate while allowing the door to remain open as they eat. This will cause them to associate good things, such as eating, with their crate.
When crate training your new puppy, take it in small manageable steps so the animal can become accustomed to the changes easily. When they are comfy with the open door, try closing it and feeding them treats via the wires. At first, leave the dog enclosed in the crate for only short periods of time, such as 10 seconds, and then gradually increase the duration. If the dog doesn’t like it, slow the process.
Consistency is critical for crate training to succeed. Give the puppy consistent opportunities to relieve himself every time you let him out. This will teach your dog that he can wait until he gets out of the crate to relieve himself.
Choose one phrase to use every time you want your dog to do his business. For example, you could use the phrase, “go potty” when you take them outside to help them remember what to do when you go outside and say the command.
Always be ready with dog treats. It is important that your dog is able to establish a connection between the command and the action that gains a reward. This will teach your dog what behavior is correct and expected.
Split treats into bite-sized pieces to keep rewards from affecting your dog’s daily diet, weight or overall health. It’s very easy to overlook how many treats you give your dog, especially during a training session, but they add up if you don’t pay attention.
Keep your dog’s leash loose when training him. Canines are prone to being explorers when they are out and about. Many dogs will strain against the leash due to their eagerness. A smart owner discourages behavior such as this, and encourages the dog to walk without pulling.
While training your dog, you need to introduce it to different social situations as early as possible. Your dog needs to know how to act around other dogs and humans, and frequent socialization is the only way to teach these skills. This will help in reducing sporadic behavior when it comes to new environments, also.
The advice in this article should serve you well as you seek to build a better relationship with your pet. Your life will be enhanced by your newly calm, obedient and appreciative dog. Use the above advice to see how easy canine training is.