You and your pet will enjoy a closer relationship after he is properly trained. A properly trained and socialized dog can have a dramatic impact on the amount of happiness in your life. To foster an even better friendship with your pet, keep reading.
If you want to teach your pet to use a crate, first try these simple tricks. To entice a hesitant puppy into the crate, give it the incentive of a toy or bone inside, with the door shut. The dog will smell the bone and want to go racing into the crate to eat it. Praise your dog once he gets into the crate.
During the canine training process, take care not to inadvertently reinforce bad behavior. Do not pay attention to your dog or pet it if he does something you are not happy about. If your dog leaps on you when you return home and you wish to discourage this behavior, you must ignore him and go about your business. Even negative attention from you can cause the behavior to continue.
Teaching dogs to roll over can be easy, provided some treats are on hand. The first step is a simple “lay” command. Then, hold the treat over your dog’s head and swipe it above and around his head, causing him to roll over. He’ll follow your hand and roll over completely. As he is rolling over, give the “roll over” command, and do this repeatedly until he can roll over with just the command and without the treat. Make sure you are patient because this is likely to take several attempts. However, your dog will eventually learn this command.
If you try to fit too much training in all at once, your puppy will get bored or overwhelmed. Puppies have short attention spans, therefore keep your sessions short and provide ample amounts of praise. If you overdo it, he is likely to forget everything he learned and simply remember the experience in an unfavorable light, making it that much harder for you the next time you attempt the training.
Never give up on your dog, no matter how exhausted you are. Without reinforcement, your dog will revert to his old behaviors. Food and shelter are lifelong needs for your dog, and training is no different.
When traveling with dogs, be certain to pack all the dog will need in terms of food, sleep accessories and toilet supplies. Pack his feeding bowls, potty bags, toys, blankets and everything else needed for his care and comfort. Don’t worry about carrying dog food along. It’s easier to buy some at the location you’re going to.
It is critical that you teach your dog the difference between correct and incorrect behaviors. This means that everyone in the house must follow the same training patterns and always remain consistent. This quickly cancels out any efforts on your part!
While it may be hard, you need to always be patient with your dog. Remember that your dog doesn’t speak your language or really know what you’re saying most of the time. They can understand your tone and physical gestures, however they cannot understand why you are upset. Take a breath and relax if you feel your frustration starting to creep up.
Lots of people think that dog training is complicated, confusing and stressful; however, this isn’t true. Simple changes in our own behavior, as well as simple techniques that we implement, can result in big improvements in our dog’s behavior.