There are many different reasons dogs are trained. Some dogs get trained for work, some for hunting and some just to be a good dog around the home. Dogs typically want little more than to please their owners. Their eagerness to please is part of their appeal as pets. The following ideas can help you learn to make your dog’s training a better, more rewarding experience for the both of you.
When you start puppy training, come up with a verbal cue that will tell your pet they’ve followed your command. “Yes” is the perfect word to show dogs approval before giving a treat.
Anytime your dog does something good, make sure you reward him. The treat helps your dog to know that you think he has done well. By rewarding your dog after it does something you want, it will realize that it’s doing a good thing. Therefore, it will be more likely to continue this good behavior.
It is important to leash-train your dog. This is important for the safety of your pet, and it is also beneficial for you as well.
Don’t spend too long on a single puppy training session. Your dog will get bored and antsy if you spend too much time on one thing. Only spend 10 minutes during the first couple of sessions.
When your pet hears you speak the word ‘no’, your dog must understand that a response is not expected. You must find positive methods to reinforce your commands when training a dog. “No” is negative and doesn’t give your dog a real command he can follow. Tailor dog training to suit the dog and the situation.
When it comes to training a puppy, it is not a good idea to provide too much information and training at one time. Puppies have a very limited attention span. When doing training, make them in small short sessions and always make them positive. If you try to rush and throw in too much information, your puppy will not remember the lesson and you’ll have a harder time training him.
Keep your dog’s leash loose when training him. Canines are prone to being explorers when they are out and about. Since they will be so eager, they may try to pull too hard, straining the leash. Some owners do not encourage this behavior and instead, allow some slack on the leash.
What is your dog’s diet like? If your dog is not eating the right kind of diet, they might become inattentive, hyperactive or even sick. There are specialty foods available for individual dog breeds. You can try one of these if your dog’s energy seems low. Your vet should be able to provide advice.
As already discussed, puppy training occurs for a variety of reasons. Everyone knows that dogs have a strong desire to please. A dog that is trained properly will be give you fulfillment and joy in your life. Use the above advice to help your dog reach its full potential.