If you’ve never trained a dog before, then this article is a good place to start your own training. Preparation is key to being a positive and effective trainer. Here are a few tips you can use to get started.
Different dogs respond to different things. An example of this is the difference in positive and negative methods and their effects on different personalities. When training isn’t going as planned, try a new method.
To prevent your dog from digging in the trash, be sure he is well-fed and has plenty of toys to play with. Empty your trash regularly, and don’t put irresistible things like bones in it. Be sure to crate your dog when you go out and/or leave your trash can empty when you are gone.
Never let your dog drag you when walking. You are the one in charge. Make use of a quality training collar as well as a short leash when you start training, be sure you keep the dog at a heel position as you walk and always enter doorways or gates ahead of the dog. Don’t forget that you are the boss.
Make sure your dog understands the “down” command. This is a command that is great as a foundation for other commands, and can also be used alone in emergencies. The “down” command is excellent to use when your dog is exhibiting aggressive behavior.
For dogs that bark unnecessarily, do not shout at your dog. Shouting at a barking dog may encourage them to bark more. This feedback loop leads the dog to believe that whatever they’re barking at is actually a big deal, so stay calm and distract your dog to deter problem barking.
Training is a lifetime endeavor. Even though your dog is an adult, it must keep learning. If you provide positive reinforcement for desirable behaviors, your dog will continue to be obedient, and when you provide your dog with consistent discipline, negative behaviors are less likely to occur.
Make sure that your dog’s crate is the right size for him if you are going to use it to train him. Keep in mind that your puppy will eventually grow into a bigger dog. Pick a crate that will be of suitable size for the adult when the puppy matures. At full size your dog should be able to move around without feeling too constricted.
Patience is key when working with your dog during training sessions. They will take their own time frame to pick up new commands. Whereas some pets master commands in only a few days, others require much more time and training. Patience is one of the most important virtues you can employ when effectively training your dog.
If your dog is a chewer they are most likely destructive and in distress. It is essential that you address any chewing issues immediately so that it does not become a habit, which can be done through proper training. Do not have things around that will tempt the dog. Stop the issue before it starts. You should try to put some kind of mixture in a spray bottle that they do not like to spray on things that they like to chew on.
Consistency is critical for crate training to succeed. When letting a puppy out of a crate, you need to let them relieve themselves immediately. Eventually, they will wait until it’s the right time to go to the bathroom.
As you can now see, dog training is a must if you want a well-behaved dog. This article has provided you with a great start, so train your dog and enjoy it, too!