Some dogs are born obedient, whereas others may require additional training and discipline. If your pet belongs to the second category, you’re in the right place. Use the following advice and you will end up with a joyful, well behaved dog.
When you verbally correct your dog, do it quickly and concisely. Don’t scream and yell and throw a fit. Say no and let them know what you would rather have them do. Pitch your voice in such a way that your dog will recognize your vocalizations as commands.
Keep your dog active. Dogs get bored just as easily as children. If your dog is not receiving enough mental stimulation, it may not respond well to training. A dog that is happy, and gets the attention that they crave, will be a better behaved and attentive dog. Go for a long walk with your dog.
To house train your dog, you should make sure that your dog follows a regular feeding and elimination schedule. This gives you important forehand knowledge to prevent accidents and your dog an association of cause and effect to follow. This helps your puppy learn to “hold it” for a bit, until he knows it’s time to go out and will help save you money on carpet cleaning.
If your dog is jumping on you, grab his paws with your hands and gently squeeze them to deter his behavior. While this will not seriously hurt the animal, it is certainly unpleasant and therefore makes a powerful statement. This will help them to stop this action immediately.
Try to incorporate play into your training sessions with your dog. When you play with your dog, it strengthens the bond between you and them, thus encouraging the pet to stay positive during training. Training is fun for your dog, but it doesn’t always have to be about learning something new. Play for the sake of playing.
Teach your puppy his or her name before you start to train him or her, as this creates a bond. Simply start by calling his name as often as possible. Once he learns his name, you can encourage him to come to you when called. These are the initial words your puppy must learn. Spend ample time with the puppy to create a bond. This will build trust between the puppy and you. When he trusts you, he ends up being more responsive to all sorts of training.
Take extra care with the tone you use whenever you discipline your dog. Dogs are more receptive to the tones their masters use than you might realize. An appropriate firm tone can really reinforce a disciplinary message.
To keep your dog from biting at furniture or people, or scratching at doors, spray him or her with a bottle of water. Your dog will quickly learn that what he is doing is not acceptable. Soon, you will see an improvement in your dog’s behavior.
Give challenges to your dog on a regular basis. Make sure your dog knows what he is doing by testing him!
Training is not a good time for punishing your dog. If he misbehaves, correct him, but most importantly, you should try to prevent that behavior from happening to begin with. Training involves positive reciprocation between you and your dog; there is really no place for punishment.
Be aware of how you are reacting to your dogs behavior. If he thinks you are amused by his bad behavior, he is likely to repeat that behavior. This will encourage bad behavior and make training longer. You must stay consistent, no matter how cute the misbehavior is.
Don’t despair if your pooch is acting crazy. Many dogs may be trained with good techniques and some perseverance. Implement the tips and tricks in this article to effectively train your dog.