Some dog owners are blessed with naturally obedient animals. You might not be one of them, but that’s no reason to sit still and put up with a willful dog who acts aggressive, behaves improperly in the house, or refuses to obey simple commands. Use the tips that follow to help your dog become a well-adjusted, happy canine.
When you are working on crate training with your new dog or puppy, always take steps to let them know it’s their home. Leave food near or inside the crate and leave the door open. Thus, they will associate a good thing like yummy food with the crate.
If you have to give your dog a verbal correction, be sure that they are sharp, to the point, and short. Do not rant on at length to your dog telling them how they were bad. Just say “no” and show them what to do instead. Remember that your voice’s volume gets their attention and that you are talking business.
It may take several times for your dog to learn new commands. It isn’t uncommon for 25-50 repetitions of this same command to be used for the dog to understand it. Being patient while trying the same task or command will allow your dog to understand it.
Crate training requires crates of the correct size. Puppies will grow up quite quickly. Choose a crate that can grow with him. At full size your dog should be able to move around without feeling too constricted.
You should pick a phrase to say to your puppy while he is being house trained. If you use the special phrase you have come up with each time you take him outside, you will get him to focus on what he is supposed to do.
Don’t spend too long on a single puppy training session. By spending too long on any single thing, your dog will likely become very bored and antsy. Keep first training lessons to 10 minutes or less.
Use your dog’s name as much as you can to make sure he is paying attention. You puppy will develop the association between his name being called, and him needing to pay attention to what you are telling him. It’s best to stick with shorter names, one’s that are distinguishable from other words.
Even if you have a particularly disobedient dog, have no fear. The majority of dogs are trainable as long as dedication and solid techniques are used. Make use of the tips you just read to minimize the hardship involved in training your dog while maximizing the results at the same time.