Much like a television or other electronic device, dogs must be programmed and trained to produce certain results. Your dog has the potential to be everything you want it to be, you just have to follow the right steps. Dogs aim to please their human companions, which makes them eager to learn new tasks and tricks.
When you are working on crate training with your dog or puppy small steps is what works best for them to get used to it. When they’ve settled down with the gate open, slowly shut it and pass treats through the gate. At first, only close the gate for a short time, then gradually extend the time as your dog becomes more comfortable. If they become upset, you are moving too fast.
When training, find a verbal clue your pet can understand so they will know exactly when to do as you say. Using a positive word such as “yes” will fill the time between the performance of the desired behavior and the delivery of the reward.
Repeat training exercises every day until your dog remembers them. Do not assume that your dog will remember his training all his life. Dogs are much like humans, in the sense that they share the same habitual learning system. For this reason, it is essential to make sure that your dog adheres to a clear-cut set of rules.
“Leave it” is an important command to teach, starting when you bring your dog home. This basic command is extremely helpful when your dog is chewing on something he shouldn’t and also helps to keep him away from dangerous items.
If your dog leaps on you, hold his paws and squeeze them a little so he will know this is not acceptable. This will not hurt your dog if done lightly, but it will impart the information that jumping up is not appropriate. 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.
The first step in training a puppy is to make sure he knows his name. Use his name as often as possible, and help him learn to come when you call him by it. This is the first set of commands you should teach your new puppy. Spending a lot of time interacting and playing with your puppy is the best way to establish a bond of love and trust. This will help them become more receptive to harder training later.
Reduce as many accidents as possible when you’re toilet training your dog. Watch for signals that your dog has to go out to relieve himself. Pacing, whining and snuffling are common. When you know the cue, take action immediately. Take your dog outside and escort him to his favorite spot. Whenever your dog uses the restroom outside, reward him or her with lots of praise. The dog will eventually give you a sign when he needs to go out.
Remember that all of your training will mold the personality of your dog. This is important to know, because you might undo certain desired behaviors inadvertently by teasing your dog or engaging in horseplay. It is important to shape the dog’s progress by consistently striving for good behavior.
Teach your dog the difference between right and wrong. You will need to have these rules enforced by everyone in your home. Anytime someone else deviates from what you are teaching, your efforts are less effective.
Once someone knows how to enforce positive abilities, dogs learn quickly. Your dog will take pleasure in learning commands and will love to see you happy when he does something right.