Everyone needs to train their dog, whether it is to teach them new things or to get rid of their bad habits. Read on for some ways to get started training your dog.
Repetition is what causes a dog to learn. You might have to keep repeating something to a dog as much as fifty times for it to ‘click’. Being patient while trying the same task or command will allow your dog to understand it.
It is important to have an appropriately sized dog crate. Keep in mind that puppies grow up. Be sure to select a crate that allows your dog to have ample room as it grows. There should be ample room for the dog to lie down and turn comfortably.
Continuously maintain all training that you have done with your dog, and consider adding new behaviors as you go. One of the most common mistakes pet owners make is assuming that once training has been completed, no maintenance is required thereafter. Some dogs will revert back to negative behaviors if the training does not continue. It is important that the training your dog receives is reinforced regularly.
You should train your dog to walk properly on his leash. This helps keep both you and your dog safe when going on walks.
Your training sessions should be short. Because dogs do not have a long attention span, short lessons will keep them from getting bored. If you want to train more you should always give yourself and dog a break.
You should always call your dog in the same way. Start your commands by calling out his name. You can get their attention by doing this and then use the command. A dog will immediately respond to their name. After grabbing their attention, they will be prepared for their instructions.
Positive reinforcement is the best way to train a dog. Reward your dog with happy words, petting and an occasional very small treat when he pleases you. Do not shout or strike the dog. This just doesn’t work, and it will cause your dog to fear you. Stay consistent and use positive reinforcement.
You can continue to train your dog as they age. Canine training does not stop once your dog is no longer a puppy. By practicing positive reinforcement and proper discipline throughout your dog’s life, you’ll always have a well-behaved dog.
When implementing discipline with your dog, monitor your tone of voice. Dogs are in tune with human emotions and pick much of that up from your voice. An adequate stern tone can help reinforce their discipline.
When you are trying to house train a puppy, it is not going to learn overnight, so be prepared. It’s important to immediately clean up the accident to make your training more effective. Urine and feces smells will stay in the carpet if you don’t clean them up straight away, causing your dog to go back to the same place to do his business. Look into different cleaners, especially enzyme cleaners, available at any pet store.
When you are training your dog with a leash, try to ensure that the leash is loose. Dogs are often eager to explore new territory when they get the opportunity to go for a walk. Eager dogs will begin to put some strain on their leashes. Instead of setting up this dynamic, put some slack into the leash in order to help your pet walk with you.
Dogs that are not trained will drive you crazy and can destroy your property. Armed with these tips, you should be adequately prepared to work with your dog, providing valuable skills and behavioral guidance.