Many dogs end up in shelters because they don’t turn out the way their owners hoped they would, but this can often be avoided. When a dog is trained properly, the can be a beloved family member. Luckily, training your dog doesn’t have to be overly difficult. You just need to be willing to invest some time.
Use small steps when training a dog or pup to get into a crate, so that they can become familiar with it. If your dog seems comfortable inside the crate when the door is open, shut it and feed them a treat. Keep the gate closed for short periods of time, and work your way up to longer times. If the dog becomes agitated, slow down a little more to make them more comfortable.
Dogs will focus on something and ignore all else unless something breaks that attention. If you are consistent and use repetition, your dog will start to wait for your signals before focusing on something.
To keep your dog compliant with his training, be sure to continue the process well after he has performed the way that you have hoped. Most owners think training once is all that it takes. However, pets are ruled by habits, structure and routine in much that same way that humans are. It is important that the training your dog receives is reinforced regularly.
Teaching a dog to walk correctly while on its leash is important. When they walk properly, it makes both of you safer when you both go walking.
If your dog jumps up, quickly bring your knee up to encounter his chest and say OFF! While this will not seriously hurt the animal, it is certainly unpleasant and therefore makes a powerful statement. It won’t take long for your dog to associate the unpleasant sensation with the act of jumping up, and he will quickly stop doing so.
Dogs need to understand exactly what your “no” means. Use positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior. Saying ‘no’ does not teach your dog how to react. All dogs are different and will respond to different training.
Always use positive reinforcement to train your dog. Your dog should be rewarded with both small treats and happy words. Never hit or shout at your dog. Your dog will not respond well to these methods and will not understand what you want them to do. Maintain a calm attitude anytime that your dog does wrong so that you can have a relationship o mutual respect with your dog.
In conclusion, it’s not impossible to have a well-behaved dog. Proper training and showing your dog lots of affection and kindness are important to making this happen. Use the tips above to turn your dog into a member of the family.