Just as you must program your remote to control your television, your dog needs training to respond to your direction as well. The remote has all the capabilities of working, but it needs someone to program it to work. Dogs already possess the means to be taught, but it is up to us to teach them.
When you are working on crate training with your dog or puppy small steps is what works best for them to get used to it. When they seem comfortable in it with the door open, try shutting the gate and feed them treats through the wires. Use small increments of time, and build them up as your puppy or dog becomes more relaxed with the process. If they start to fuss, you are going too fast.
Before you begin training your dog, you need to establish yourself as the alpha. You have to show your dog that you are in control or he will not obey or respect you. Demonstrate your position of authority to your dog by leading the way whenever the two of you are walking.
It is not difficult to teach a dog how to roll over, and having some treats on hand makes it easier. First, place your dog in the “down” position. Next, you must hold one treat close to the floor off to one side of their head and slowly bring it up and over the dog’s head to the opposite side. As the dog uses his nose to track the morsel, he will simultaneously roll his entire body over. As he rolls over say out loud, “roll over.” Repeat this until he rolls over with the command alone. Have patience since your dog may not get the trick quickly. However, once he does, he’ll be the center of attention at the dog park.
Pick a recognizable phrase to verbalize to your puppy during house training. Whenever the dog is taken out, use the term you have chosen to refer to the process of relieving him or herself, and the pet will make a mental link between going outside and doing just that.
Make sure you’ve got a reward ready whenever your dog does something successfully. Your dog should realize why you are happy with him. This helps the dog understand what is right and what is wrong.
Training your dog involves experimenting with a variety of techniques. Dogs love to make their owners happy, so training them is actually enjoyable for them as well.