Learning about dog training can be very overwhelming, but just like anything else, it can also be very easily researched, taught, and applied. Now that you have found this list of tips, hopefully, you can become more knowledgeable when it comes to dog training, so that you can refine your methods and have a well-behaved dog.
Training your dog is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your pet. Teach your dog one command at a time. Tell your dog to sit, and when they do, give them a treat. Once they have mastered one command, you can move on to the next. Training your dog will provide a more peaceful relationship between you and your pet. Your dog will know that you are in command, and listen to what you want them to do.
It is essential to have the correct timing for your training sessions. Gradually increase the amount of time you spend training them each session. End the session as soon as your dog’s attention begins to stray.
Training a dog is easier if the pet is neutered or spayed. Unless you are breeding the animal, taking the hormones out of the equation will greatly calm your pet. Without the constant rush of hormones, a dog is much more docile and receptive to a leader. This will also help control the pet population which is a win-win situation.
Reinforcement is a key element in dog training. Reinforcement only works, however, when it is executed with the proper timing. Excitedly saying, “Good girl!” just a few seconds too late has little positive impact on the dog’s future performance in terms of the desired act. Reinforcement for desired behavior should be immediate.
When training your dog, do it in short sessions, no more than fifteen to twenty minutes each session. This keeps your dog from becoming bored and uninterested in the training. More importantly, it ensures that your focus is entirely on training, which is vital to ensuring your dog’s success.
Try to schedule each training session at roughly the same time each day. You want your dog to get into a pattern where he know’s it’s coming and is excited for it. If your dog is excited for it he’s much more likely to succeed, just as if humans are excited for something they’re more likely to succeed.
When you take your puppy out to go to the bathroom, you must be patient with him. He has a short attention span and may get distracted by sounds and smells, or want to play. This is normal puppy behavior and should not be reprimanded, especially while he is still learning.
Potty training a puppy can be a harsh task at times, but not impossible. You have to remember that the puppy doesn’t know that when they go to the bathroom inside that it is wrong. Try your best to keep an eye on your puppy and if it starts looking like it has to go to the bathroom let it outside, after the puppy goes to the bathroom praise the puppy so it knows it did the right thing.
If your dog leaps on you, hold his paws and squeeze them a little so he will know this is not acceptable. It is uncomfortable to them when you squeeze gently, and they learn not to repeat the behavior. If you do this, they will not jump up on your or visitors any longer because they will think about you squeezing their paws.
To ensure a well-trained four-legged friend from the start, make sure you practice consistency in all you do once you bring your new canine companion home. This means discussing all aspects of the dog’s care, needs and training with all members of your household. A dog that is getting yelled at by one family member for urinating in the house while another family member just quietly cleans up the mess serves only to confuse and frustrate the puppy. If all members of the family treat the dog uniformly, whether admonishing it or showering it with praise, the dog will learn more quickly, and all family members will have the ability to successfully command the dog with ease.
If you’re tired of your dog pulling on the leash while walking with you, here’s a simple training method. Take your leashed dog to an outside place that is familiar to both of you – such as the backyard – then begin to walk. If your pet stays beside you, right at your thigh, reward it with a treat. If the animal rushes forward, stop walking. If it wanders off for some reason, say “let’s go” in an upbeat way and turn and walk another way. When it catches-up with you, give it a treat, and if it doesn’t catch-up, pull gently on the leash until it gets the point. In this way, you reward good behavior and don’t have to be unduly harsh for bad behavior.
See, it wasn’t that bad. Like any other subject, dog training is vast and has a wealth of information available on it. Sometimes you just need a little hint as to where to begin, so that you can start training your furry friend. Hopefully, you have received that information from these tips.