Some people shy away from training their own dog for fear that it will be too hard. Doubts about the process can discourage people from even trying. You need to do some research on dog training methods to make sure you are taking the right approach to training your puppy. Review the piece that follows to get lots of helpful information.
Use the right size crate for effective crate training. Remember, puppies grow up. Choose a crate that your puppy can grow in, but won’t grow out of. Your dog should have ample space to turn around inside the crate, as well as lay comfortably.
It’s important to avoid inadvertently encouraging inappropriate behavior if you want your dog to learn. 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.
Keep treats on hand to reward your pet for doing good. Initially, try to get your dog to lay on the floor. Hold a treat between your forefingers near the left side of your dog’s head, and then slowly pass the treat in front of his face and to the opposite side. He will probably follow the treat, rolling side to side as it moves. As he rolls over say out loud, “roll over.” Repeat this until he rolls over with the command alone. It may take a while to get to this point, but you will be pleased if you stick with it. It’s an impressive trick.
Whenever your dog improves in his training, allow him some extra freedom. By having obedience along with freedom, your dog will have a happy life. Don’t give your dog too much free reign though.
One of the very first commands you should teach a new puppy is the “leave it” command, which tells them to drop an item and step back from it. You can protect their safety and stop them from destroying valuables by teaching them to obey this simple command.
Positive reinforcement is the best way to train a dog. If you are happy with your dog, give him pets, happy words and the occasional treat. Do not ever scream at or strike your dog. Not only does it not work, it encourages the belief by the dog that you have no idea what is going on. Stay positive but stand your ground when training your dog.
Based off the learning you have done with this article, your comfort level with training should be higher. There is a lot more you need to know about training your dog. Do more research and apply the efficient strategies you find to train your dog successfully.