The dog that you have just adopted may seem less like Lassie, and more like Cujo. Fortunately, continuing your training sessions will pay off, with a dog that is well behaved and joy to be around.
When you are using a dog crate in your training, you need to help your dog get used to it as his home. At meal times always put their bowl of food inside the crate leaving the door open the whole time while they are eating. This will cause them to associate good things, such as eating, with their crate.
It takes small steps to crate train your puppy; they must become accustomed to it. When they’ve settled down with the gate open, slowly shut it and pass treats through the gate. Only keep the gate closed for short periods of time at first and increase time slowly. If they get upset, it’s too fast.
Rewards are essential to effective training. Reward your dog with some treats right after they obey an order. This is because a dog does not always understand what it is being rewarded for if they do not receive their treat at the right time.
Make sure that there is a calm environment in the room where your dog is. It’s great to play freely with your dog, but when you enter a room, you should not be bombarded. When you ignore the dog on entry, they shouldn’t bother you about playing.
Try not to reinforce bad behaviors from your dog. This means you must not reward your dog with attention or treats for doing something you don’t want it to do. For example, do not pet your dog gently when they leap on you if you want them to stop the behavior.
The first thing that you must do is to command control over your dog. Your dog will not respect or obey you, unless you let him know that you are the boss. Never allow your dog pull on the leash while you are on a walk.
Don’t use things like shock collars. Most of the time these don’t function as they should and can cost quite a bit of money. They aren’t engaging in positive reinforcement either. Generally speaking, these techniques often produce undesirable results.
During the earliest days of training your pet, stick with simple directives. You will have the rush of seeing quick results, but the dog will gain a basic understanding of what good behavior means. This gives you greater results when training.
If your dog is a jumper, squeeze his paws when he jumps on you to let him know he cannot do this any longer. It’s uncomfortable, but not painful. Since it is so uncomfortable, they’ll avoid jumping on people.
Make sure to give your dog a good hour of exercise each and every day. When your dog gets enough exercise, training sessions are usually more effective and produce faster results. Dogs that exercise are happier and more responsive.
Incorporating dog training into your life can yield amazing results in a short period of time. So if the relationship with your dog is not as good as it should be, try a few of these suggestions.