When you have a dog you know how important it is to have a dog that is well trained and happy. Teaching your dog basic obedience skills, how to follow instructions and proper socialization will assure your pet is both happy and safe. Here are several puppy training tips to consider.
Choose a crate that fits your dog properly and use it to crate train them. Keep in mind that puppies get bigger. Choose a crate that is sure to be the right proportions for the adult dog you will eventually have. The ability to move around within the crate is paramount to the pet’s comfort.
It is a simple task to teach a dog how to roll over, just be sure to keep some dog treats handy! The first step is to get the dog to lay down. Now, with a treat in your palm, move your hand from one side of the dog’s face to the other. He should roll his body over while following the treat. Say “roll over” as you perform the maneuver. 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.
When training your dog, use discretion and regard for your dog’s attention span. Devoting strict amounts of time to any particular aspect of training will have your dog feeling distracted and bored. Only spend 10 minutes during the first couple of sessions.
Your dog needs to understand that ‘no’ means they need to stop what they are doing right away. Find some positive ways to enforce training when you train your dog. Saying the word “no” will not aid in the training of your dog. Tailor training your dog to suit the dog and the situation.
Continue training your dog throughout its life to make sure that its good behavior persists. Training should not stop because he is not a puppy anymore. If you provide positive reinforcement for desirable behaviors, your dog will continue to be obedient, and when you provide your dog with consistent discipline, negative behaviors are less likely to occur.
To prevent barking, teach your dog simple methods to quit them. Choose words to use, such as “quiet”, and when they bark, use the word or words and give them a treat when they stop. Then, you are able to reward the dog. Repetition will ensure the dogs learns that quiet is a good thing.
Continue training your dog using the same techniques over time. If more than one family member is training your pet, make sure they all you the same commands, rewards and discipline. Your dog will learn better if the commands are ones he is familiar with.
Pay attention to your tone when you are disciplining your dog. Your pet is very in tune with your emotions. An appropriately stern tone can reinforce discipline.
It is critical that you teach your dog the difference between correct and incorrect behaviors. You will need help from everyone in the family to teach this. It can quickly make your efforts backfire!
Training should be disciplined but also fun for the dog. Training sessions need only be 10 to 15 minutes, so the dog reaps the benefits within his attention span. The rewards offered to your dog need to be plentiful (especially at first) and varied. The more you reward your dog the more he will continue the positive behavior. When training is enjoyable, listening becomes a happy time, too.
These tips will make your dog a great member of the family. Training your dog well makes your dog more fun to have around and cause less stress. Training, whether done by you or a professional, will make your ownership much more pleasant.