Training a dog is a wonderful thing to do for both of you. Training your dog the right way will keep your pooch safe and happy. You can work with your dog on your own, or get the help of a trainer. Here are some helpful ideas to get you going.
Always reward good, calm behavior. If your dog is responding to your commands and is not overly excited, give him a treat. You might be happy about the progress your dog has made but you need to quell your excitment. Remain calm, expect them to be calm, and then award them when appropriate.
Repetition is the key to success when teaching a dog a new command. It isn’t uncommon for 25-50 repetitions of this same command to be used for the dog to understand it. Keep working patiently on the command- he’ll get it with time.
When you are trying to house train your puppy, keep in mind that everything that you put in, will come out. To have your dog on a consistent bathroom schedule, have him or her eating quality food about two or three times every day, at the exact same time. This schedule will let you figure out when to let your dog relieve himself, cutting back on your chances of incidents.
The first thing to do when training a dog is to establish that you are in control. Your dog must see you as a leader, or they will not follow your commands. Demonstrate your position of authority to your dog by leading the way whenever the two of you are walking.
Right at the moment they do the behavior you are trying to reinforce, give the verbal command of approval. Using an affirmative word can help your dog understand they did their part and it is time for a treat.
Do not use shock collars. In addition to being very expensive, they usually do not work as well as the more traditional training techniques. Also, using devices such as shock collars can restrain your dog while discouraging good behavior. It is common for these tactics to create adverse behavior.
Use a phrase on your puppy to house train him. For example, you could use the phrase, “go potty” when you take them outside to help them remember what to do when you go outside and say the command.
Hopefully, these suggestions will help you and your friends and family enjoy your pet much more. If you properly train your dog, ownership will be more enjoyable and less stressful. Whether you train your dog yourself, or hire a professional, the fact that your dog is being trained is of the utmost importance.