A well-behaved dog makes for a happier home. Obedient dogs can make you completely satisfied with owning a dog. So to enhance your relationship with your dog, read on!
Dogs tend to concentrate on one thing to the exclusion of everything else unless that concentration is interrupted. If you get your dog to focus on you, it will help his behavior.
During the earliest days of training your pet, stick with simple directives. You will have the rush of seeing quick results, but the dog will gain a basic understanding of what good behavior means. This will produce better results as you proceed with training.
Positive reinforcement is the best way to train a dog. Praise the dog with petting, upbeat words and the occasional treat when he does something right. Don’t ever hit your dog or yell at them! This makes the dog think you are imbalanced. Always be firm, be consistent and use positive reinforcement to make your dog understand what you want from it.
In order to have a great dog, you need to learn control and firmness. But do not yell at your dog constantly: try finding the right balance between being strict when your dog misbehaves and being a loving master the rest of the time. This will help you develop a strong bond with your dog.
When it comes to training a puppy, it is not a good idea to provide too much information and training at one time. Puppies can’t pay attention for too long and are not very good at focusing on something for long periods of time, so limit the duration of training sessions. If you push too hard, your puppy will remember it as a negative experience, and the next time you work to train him, it will be far more difficult.
To enforce good behavior when training your dog, remember to praise him regularly. You can act as though you are super excited and talk to them in a happy tone of voice. Never reward unwanted behavior as the dog will also relate the unwanted behavior to something positive as well.
Never give up on your dog, no matter how exhausted you are. You will need to give your dog continuous reinforcement, or he or she will go back to how they were before being trained. You always need to keep training your dog, just like you need to continue feeding it and providing it shelter.
By being consistent in your methods, it is possible to teach your dog to “hold it.” Try taking your dog outside each hour when you’re at home. Praise him when he uses the bathroom outside. If your dog has an accident in the house, never harshly reprimand it. Your dog knows no better, and your yelling is not going to change things. Make it a rule that fifteen minutes after the dog eats or drinks, he is taken out for a walk. As well, he should be taken out each time he is let out of the crate.
If you happen to be concerned with the dog’s agility, take some time to research various breeds and find the one you prefer. Most dogs can learn agility and join competitions, but border collies, Australian shepherds and Labs usually do best in these competitions.
Lots of people think that dog training is complicated, confusing and stressful; however, this isn’t true. If you just stay consistent it is easy to train a pet.