Dog owners buy their pet expecting things to turn out well. Yet, all too often things don’t go as expected and the dog is given to an animal shelter. This doesn’t need to be the cause, though. A dog that is trained well will be a happy dog and a good member of your family. If you can spend some time and follow instructions, you can easily train your dog.
Make the dog know that the crate is it’s home when you are doing crate training. Feed them in their crate and keep it open for them to come in and out. This will help them associate good food to the crate.
Make sure your dog stays calm as you enter a space that he is in. It’s always great to to be playful and upbeat, but a calm environment is ideal when you first enter a room. Don’t acknowledge them when you enter so that you can ensure a controlled environment for how and when playtime starts.
Unless you offer a distraction or stimulus, your dog will probably focus exclusively on a single thing. If you do it enough times, your dog will wait for your signals instead of focusing on other things.
Begin your dog training session with something that your dog will be able to learn easily. This ensures that success comes quickly and your dog learns to love training sessions. This will give you much better results while training.
Identify what exactly it is that your dog is always barking at to help curb the behavior. It may be as simple as a sound or being in close proximity to other animals. Your dog will know the difference and will understand that there’s no reason to bark when presented these situations.
The tone of your voice is an important part of successfully disciplining your dog. Dogs are in tune with human emotions and pick much of that up from your voice. An appropriately stern tone can reinforce discipline.
You need to know if there are other dogs around when you are out walking your dog. You need to be well aware of any dogs that seem aggressive. Keep your dog at a distance from angry or aggressive dogs.
When training your puppy to use a leash, wrap a collar around him while the two of you are playing. Getting your puppy used to the collar is essential for proper use of the leash and for ensuring that his ID tags are worn just in case he runs off.
Does you dog eat an appropriate diet? Like kids, dogs can get really hyperactive and unable to focus when their nutrition is not up to spec. If you switch brands of dog food to reflect the unique needs of his breed, your pet will become happier and more energetic–the perfect companion. Ask the vet about additional nutritional requirements the dog may have.
Challenging though it may be, you can have a dog who is obedient, loving and healthy. All that your dog needs is good training, the right amount of attention, and plenty of support and love from you. Follow the steps listed above and your dog will become, and remain, an important part of your family.