All dogs need to be trained to learn good behaviors and prevent bad ones. Read on for some ways to get started training your dog.
Dogs have tunnel vision and will focus on one thing to the exclusion of all else. If you do it enough times, your dog will wait for your signals instead of focusing on other things.
One of the first commands you need to teach your dog is how to step away from things you do not want him to touch. This is great if the dog chews on household furniture or other items, such as shoes, stuffed animals, or trash.
Training sessions with your dog are best when kept short. Dogs don’t have long attention spans so make sure that your training sessions are kept short. When you want to train more, give the dog a break and come back later.
As you train your dog, have an eye on other dogs when walking yours. Certain dogs often display aggression, and it can be dangerous to make the assumption that all dog owners have done the right thing regarding training. If you are aware of an antisocial or aggressive dog, steer your dog away.
When training a dog to a leash it is important to keep the leash loose. When a dog gets the chance to explore new sights, sounds and smells on a walk, he often becomes very excitable. Because they are so eager, they often pull on the leash. The smart owner discourages this behavior, teaching the dog to walk with a slack leash instead.
Spray your dog with water to discourage bad behavior at home. Your dog will quickly learn that what he is doing is not acceptable. Then your dog will no longer do actions that you don’t like.
When training your dog, it is important to remember to keep the training sessions relatively short. You should use at most 15 minutes for training. Any longer and the dog will become frustrated and will not respond correctly. Don’t forget to play with your pup as well.
Challenge your dog to try new things and maintain the old things. Get him to repeat tricks you haven’t practiced in a while, to keep him sharp.
Do not allow your dog to pull you around when on a walk. A lot of owners have to deal with this problem, but the solution is quite simple. A harness can make walking your dog a more enjoyable experience. It can also reduce the amount of pulling your dog does.
Training should be about rewards and discipline with dogs not punishments. You should make every effort to prevent the behavior in the first place, but if your pet does misbehave, show him what he should have done instead. Training is about teaching your dog, and building a good relationship with him.
Understand that more mature dogs do have some basic limitations. Sometimes, an old dog will have some limitations for what they can learn. If you decide to adopt a dog that is older, remember he may be set in his ways. Learn to accept most behaviors and concentrate only on the most unacceptable ones.
Untrained dogs, as mentioned above, will destroy your home and your sanity. If you follow the guidelines in this article, you will be more effective while training your dog.