Many dogs end up in shelters because they don’t turn out the way their owners hoped they would, but this can often be avoided. Properly trained dogs are healthy and happy members of a family. It need not be difficult to transform your dog into a dog that meets that description; all you have to do is follow some simple steps and put in a bit of time.
When correcting your dog, be concise. Don’t rant on and on about how bad your dog is. Say NO and redirect your dog to the desired behavior. Make sure your voice sounds firm and businesslike.
Make sure your dog is eating a healthy diet. A poor diet will negatively affect your dog’s skin, eyes, muscles, bones and joints. Without proper nutrition, your dog’s general health will suffer and there may also be direct effects on behavior. A simple improvement to their diet will work wonders in how a dog feels, and make it much easier for them to have a clear mind during training.
Choose a crate that corresponds to the size of your dog to facilitate its training. Don’t forget that puppies get bigger. Choose a large enough crate to offer extra space beyond your dog’s dimensions. At full size your dog should be able to move around without feeling too constricted.
When you train your dog, you need to establish control. The dog will have little respect for you and it won’t obey if you do not show that you are the one in charge. Never allow your dog pull on the leash while you are on a walk.
Use a phrase on your puppy to house train him. By using a dedicated expression to handle training commands, you can make it easier for your pet to focus and make connections. Although it sounds silly to repeat something like “poopie time!” over and over, the consistency will help your dog make the right link between being taken outside and relieving himself.
Putting your dog on a regular schedule of feeding and walks will help to regulate his system, so he will be easier to house train. This makes it clear to your dog that he has to go outside and poop now, instead of stinking up your carpet. Adhering to a schedule also helps the dog learn to wait until the proper time comes to go outside.
If you are leash training a puppy, put the collar on him in advance of training. The pup must become accustomed to wearing the collar in order for you to use its leash. It is also necessary for hanging ID tags.
Always avoid offering your pet a reward for bad behavior in the hopes of snuffing out an undesirable action or tendency. This just teaches the dog what it can do and what power it has over you. When a dog barks, never reward it, for example.
Dogs are capable of knowing the right and the wrong things to do with proper and consistent training. Your entire household will need to be on the same page when it comes to boundaries. This can undo any progress you have made.
You can ensure that your dog stays up-to-date with what you’ve taught him by providing a challenge at regular intervals. Make sure you quiz him on the stuff he knows, so he stays on his toes.
Don’t give mixed signals. If you’re acting amused while your pet is behaving badly, he may think his behavior is good. This can hinder training and cause you to get frustrated. Even when it is amusing, you have to correct your dog, not reward him with laughter.
If dog agility appeals to you, make sure to select a breed well-suited for that. Almost any dog can learn and participate in the sport, but some of the more competitive breeds are Australian shepherds, border collies, Labrador retrievers and Shetland sheepdogs.
If your dog has an issue with barking, pay attention to potential triggers. When you know what causes it, you’ll be able to train him in those situations. For instance, if your pet barks when it sees visitors come into your house, have a friend go to your house more in order to address this type of behavior.
Whenever training a dog, don’t ever assume you won’t be bitten simply because you are supposed to be the “leader.” An untrained dog may feel that he/she is actually the leader of his/her pack. Understanding this will help you show your dog that you’re the leader. Dogs aren’t fully attuned to typical human behaviors, so biting and acting out are always a possibility.
“Sit” can be taught simply by holding a treat above the dog. Place your hand and the treat behind your puppy. He will automatically stretch his head backwards to follow the treat. This will cause your dog to sit once their head cannot go back any further, thus teaching them to sit.
If you know that your dog will react negatively in response to certain triggers, distract him until the moment is over. As an example, if your dog doesn’t like to be around other dogs, then you need to keep him busy with his attention focused on you when you approach other dogs while on a walk. This will establish a positive relationship with that stimuli.
If you are trying to potty train a puppy, pee pads are not useful. These pads can leak, leaving behind invisible areas with the scent and enzymes from feces and urine that will attract your puppy back to the spot. They can also convince your dog that anything similar in appearance is also an acceptable surface to use for bathroom purposes. Instead, it is far preferable to teach your pet that outdoors is the only acceptable place to relieve itself.
As discussed in this guide, having a healthy and happy dog is not hard to have. Proper training and showing your dog lots of affection and kindness are important to making this happen. Abide by the advice above and you are on your way to owning a happy pet.