Good for you! What is the next step? You and your new dog will both be happier if he is well trained. We will show you some of the tools you will need to accomplish this.
Consider things from your dog’s perspective. You may feel burnt out if your dog does not seem to be responding to their training. Rather than abandoning the training, consider what the dog might be thinking. Trying to see things the way that your dog does may be able to give you an idea of the right kind of training for your dog.
It is important that you also train your dog at mealtime with a specific routine. Teaching your dog to realize that when you place its food bowl down, it will be removed within 10-15 minutes, will help it understand that there is a feeding schedule to stick to. Soon your dog will be finished with the meal before you are ready to remove the dish.
Establish a quiet environment when you go into a room your pet is in. Play time is good to have with your pet, however, your dog should remain calm when you enter the room. Don’t acknowledge your dog until you decide. This will establish a controlled atmosphere.
Avoid reinforcing negative behavior. Don’t give your dog any attention or treats when he is being bad. For example, don’t rub your dog’s head when they jump up at you and when you come in the door if you don’t want them to jump.
Make sure that the only items your dog can reach are chew toys that are specifically made for dogs. Instead of allowing it to continue chewing on your important furniture or toys, provide a well-loved chew toy. In cases where your puppy is suffering a great deal of pain, try soaking a washcloth in water and freezing it as a numbing chew toy.
Refrain from using shock collars and similar training devices. They don’t often work well and cost more than training methods which are conventional. If you start using these methods, your dog will not be responsive to anything else. In short, using techniques like this could have negative effects.
Teaching a dog how to roll over isn’t too hard with a few treats in your hand. Firstly, have the dog lie down. Then hold one treat near his head and near the floor. Pull the treat over the dog until your hand is on the other side. Your dog is probably going to follow the treat in your hand with his nose, which means he will rollover his whole body. While rolling, use your vocal command. It will probably take multiple attempts, but you will be the talk of the town when the trick is learned.
You will be able to allow your dog to do more as it learns. By having obedience along with freedom, your dog will have a happy life. Just be careful not to overdo it on the freedom initially as it can set your canine training efforts back.
As you progress with your dog’s training, you should begin to give it more and more freedom. The balance between freedom and obedience can give dogs a great life. Do not allow them freedom all at once, they might lose what they learned.
Make sure training has an element of fun incorporated into it. You can build a strong bond with dog by playing with the dog, and that in turn causes positive reactions during training. Training can be pretty fun, but make sure you get plenty of non-training play in too.
You need to teach your dog how to walk when on a leash. Think of the leash as a safety requirement.
Don’t bog your puppy down with more information than he can process. Puppies have short attention spans and they cannot focus too much, so have shorter sessions and try to be positive during them every time. If you try to do too much, the puppy will probably not remember much except that it was an unpleasant experience, and that will make it more difficult when the time comes for the next training session.
Don’t spend too long on a single dog training session. Dogs can quickly lose focus when you prolong activities. Aim for less than 10 minutes per session.
One way to help discipline your dog’s bad behavior is to use a water bottle. This technique will show your dog that the behavior is unacceptable. In no time you will have a well behaved pet of which you can be proud.
If your dog is jumping on you, grab his paws with your hands and gently squeeze them to deter his behavior. This will not hurt if done lightly, but it will be an uncomfortable feeling. If you do this, they will not jump up on your or visitors any longer because they will think about you squeezing their paws.
With a little work, you can train your puppy to hold off going to the bathroom until it is safely outside. When you are at home, spend time with your dog and take him outside every hour. If he does go to the toilet outside, praise him. Don’t yell at your pooch for going potty in the house. The yellowing won’t help him understand, and he certainly doesn’t know better. Your dog should be taken outside when he emerges from his crate, and within 15 minutes of eating or drinking.
When training your pet, see to it that you get its attention all the time. Start commands by using his name. Secure the dog’s attention and then state what you wish him to do. Dogs tend to respond by name right away and they know that you want their attention.
Trained dogs are the happiest dogs, and they keep their masters happy too. Once you start incorporating the tips you’ve seen here, you will both be headed for happier times.
If you want to get rid of a behavior, stop rewarding this behavior. This will teach your pet that it could do whatever it is that it wants and that it has control over you. An example of something to avoid is giving your dog a treat when it is barking.