Dog training is a universal skill that people who wish to raise a dog or dogs, as part of the family, need to acquire. Some dogs learn quickly and others are slow. There are a number of ways to train your dog, or dogs, and the following will help you along your path to gaining the skills you need.
Young puppies are prone to chewing on their owners belongings. You can address this problem by immediately stopping your puppy if he chews an inappropriate item. You should then, instead, give him the toys that he is allowed to chew. Praise your dog anytime you finding him chewing a permitted toy. Remaining consistent with this training method can save your favorite furniture or pair of shoes.
If you are getting a new dog, and you intend to train it, look for a younger dog. The old adage “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is somewhat appropriate here. Younger dogs are more receptive to dominance from a pack leader and will learn quickly in an effort to please. Another plus to this is that young dogs really enjoy learning new things, much like children do.
Make sure you and your family are consistent with your commands. If one person uses “down” to tell the dog to get off the couch while another says “off” and a third is letting him lay there, the dog is going to get mixed signals. It makes it much more difficult for him to learn the commands.
When you are first starting out in training your dog, try to schedule the training sessions to take place at about the same time every day. If you are making the training sessions a positive experience and doing them on a schedule, your dog will start to look forward to the sessions and enjoy them more.
To teach your dog to sit, gently push down on his behind as you give the verbal command “Sit!” and make a hand gesture with your palm facing down. Each time your dog sits successfully, even if you have to help him out, give him a treat and praise him. It is important that your dog know how to sit so that you can build on this command and eventually teach him to “Stay!”
Be cognitive of the duration of time you and your dog devote to training sessions. It is possible that your dog will lose interest if it is made to do the same thing over and over. Ten minutes is about the length of time a dog can handle.
Yelling at your dog to stop him from barking can be very ineffective. Instead, try talking calmly to him, and teach him a word that he will associate with quiet. Yelling, to your dog, sounds like you are barking right along with him and so, it can further encourage him to bark.
Stimulate your dog every day to help prevent nuisance behaviors, such as barking. A bored dog is more likely to bark continuously in an effort to gain attention. If you get your dog out for regular walks and exercise, you may find that this behavior stops. You will have a happier dog, and be a happier owner.
When looking to hire a dog trainer, finding someone who uses positive training techniques can be very beneficial. Your dog will respond better to praises, treats, and encouragement than to physical or mental agitation. Negative training methods can be very ineffective and cause harm to the animal as well.
Learning to listen to your dog will make you a better trainer of him. Animals are not robots that can be programmed and your dog has a personality with preferences and quirks, just like you. Understanding the nuances of your dogs expressions will help you decipher more in training and therefore, expand your ability to teach him.
One trick to remember when training your pet is that the things that you do will surely mold its behavior throughout its life. This is crucial to know because you may undo certain behaviors by engaging in horseplay or by teasing your pet. Work on commands at all times to keep them learning the right behaviors.
Be consistent. Set a schedule for your puppy. Take him out to the bathroom on regular occasions, and feed and walk him at the same time every day. Dogs thrive on consistency, and this way they are much easier to train. Always remember to offer praise when he follows the rules, and correct any mistakes that he makes.
Time your rewards properly. Timing is crucial when training a dog. Dogs have very short attention spans, and waiting too long to reward a good behavior or punish a bad one will end up doing more harm than good. For example, when training a dog to “quiet” when barking, rewarding too soon after the barking will serve to reinforce the barking instead of the stopping. When you give the “quiet” command, wait a second or two, and then treat and praise ” ensuring your dog knows that it is the calm behavior that is being rewarded.
When you are training your dog, never use a command he knows as a punishment. For example, if your dog needs a time out, do not put him in his crate. It may create a negative association for him. Another example is when you call your dog to you to be punished. This hurts his chances of completing successful recalls in the future.
Remain realistic about changing behaviors that have happened for years. If a dog’s previous owner or you have allowed a dog to sleep on furniture or jump on people for many years, it will take time to change that long term behavior. One thing that will make it easier to change your dog’s ways is early training. Even after many years, reminding your pet of lessons received as a puppy will help.
Conclusively, using suggestions from this article will prove to be a successful part in your goal to train your dog or dogs. When you are exposed to different ideas and can try out different techniques using trial and error, you will find what works for you, during the training of your furry family member.