When your dog is well-trained, you will both have a happy home life. Give some of the following tips a shot. Keep reading to discover the secrets to properly training your dog.
Keep your dog on a healthy diet. Too many table scraps can unbalance your dog’s diet. A poor diet can affect their behavior as well as their health. Something as simple as improving their diet can sometimes have a huge impact on how receptive they are to training.
Always ensure your dog is getting enough exercise. Boredom often befalls an inactive dog, or he may find himself in a “mutt rut” with a dull and listless routine. When dogs are bored they are difficult to train. When your dog gets regular exercise, he will be much happier and will pay attention more easily. It is a great idea to take your dog out on runs or walks through the neighborhood.
Dogs have great focus and can focus on one thing, ignoring everything else, until something breaks their attention. If you keep up with his training, your dog will look to you more often for direction rather than looking to the environment.
When training your dog, try to avoid reinforcing negative behavior. In other words, you must avoid showering your pet with treats or rewards in response to performing some unwanted behavior. For example, don’t rub your dog’s head when they jump up at you and when you come in the door if you don’t want them to jump.
In order to reduce your dark’s barking, have your dog get used to the things that are causing them to bark. Some dogs bark in response to a specific sound, whereas others become excited in the presence of other people or dogs. Your dog will eventually learn not to react in these situations.
Accidents will sometimes happen when you are house training a puppy. 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. Many pet stores or big box stores sell products that help to eliminate the odors from pet accidents.
A squirt of water in your dog’s face can discourage biting and scratching behaviors. Your dog will understand that this action means that the behavior is unacceptable. In short order, the dog is sure to cease such behavior, and assume the role of fun, yet obedient animal.
One trick to remember when training your pet is that the things that you do will surely mold its behavior throughout its life. Realize that you could very well sabotage your own training efforts with innocent activities such as rough-housing. It is important to shape the dog’s progress by consistently striving for good behavior.
Regardless of your dog’s age, or his previous behavior problems, the advice above really can help. Remember to be patient when using these tips. A successful obedience training program will yield a much happier life with your pet.