Training your dog may appear overwhelming to someone inexperienced with it. The large number of resources available might make it hard for you to decide where to start. Here are some tips and advice to help you get started with effectively training your dog.
If you are crate training your dog, you need to show them that this is where they will sleep. Leave food near or inside the crate and leave the door open. The crate will then become associated with the food they love.
When house training your dog, keep in mind that whatever you feed him must come out. Feed your dog a high-quality diet three times a day. You will know when it is time for your the dog to use the bathroom, reducing accidents.
If you in the crate training phase of your training program, you can use a few techniques to speed it up. Many dogs are intimidated by the crate. To cure this, place something they enjoy in it and shut the door. Your dog will want the bone and will be unable to resist entering the crate. Praise your dog once he gets into the crate.
Do not use shock collars. They often don’t function as well as advertised and are far more expensive than conventional training methods. They can also discourage good behaviors as they inhibit your dog’s behavior too much. These methods of training generally fail.
Dog training requires generous rewards that are given correctly. Giving you pet treats in a timely manner is very important. If you don’t do it at the correct time, the dog may become confused about the reward.
As your dog progresses in training, you can provide more freedom. Balancing obedience and liberty make dogs feel very satisfied. Be sure not to give them too much since this can counteract training efforts.
Dogs have the uncanny ability to have single-minded focus when something catches their attention. If you get your dog to focus on you, it will help his behavior.
When training your pet, see to it that you get its attention all the time. Use his or her name when giving a command. Get their attention and then follow up with whatever you want them to do. Dogs will hear there name and pay attention.
Once your pet is able to progress through training sessions, you’ll be able to loosen the reins somewhat. Your dog will be happy when he gets rewards for his good behavior, such as freedom. Try to remember that you shouldn’t provide a lot freedom at one time, as it could regress the training that you’ve been doing.
When your pet hears you speak the word ‘no’, your dog must understand that a response is not expected. When training your dog, you need to find positive ways to enforce your training. If you just say “no”, your dog might not understand what is acceptable. Each situation should be treated individually, and tailored to each dog.
Keep your sessions short to accommodate a short attention span. Spending too much time just on one aspect of training will bore your dog and waste your efforts. Early on, your training sessions should be limited to less than 10 minutes.
In order for your training to be effective, you have to understand that you’ll need to be firm. However, this doesn’t mean you should always yell at your dog, rather try and find a middle-ground that you can work with. This ensures you have a positive relationship between the dog and yourself.
Make training with your dog fun. Playful interaction strengthens the bond between you, and will have your dog striving even harder to please you during training. Training can be enjoyable, but you should still make time just to play with your pet.
We hope these suggestions will be helpful to you. Apply these suggestions to train your dog in a healthy and happy way for the both of you.
Your dog needs an hour or more of exercise every day along with any training or bathroom breaks. Without adequate exercise, your dog will find it difficult to focus during your training sessions. As they say, a healthy dog will respond well to training.