Dogs may be thought of as man’s best friend, but an untrained pooch can feel more like your worst enemy. If your dog isn’t trained, neither of you will be happy, and it’s important to take the time to train your pet properly.Here are some dog training tips to help get you started.
One of the most important things to remember when training your dog is that it is a lifelong process. Many owners think that once their pet has the basics down, the training process is over. Dogs, much like people, learn throughout their lives, and consistent training will help them to be well-behaved and friendly.
Crate training is something that is accomplished over time. First, you should only expect your dog to stay in the crate for short periods of time. As your dog grows older you can gradually extend this confinement, which can eventually stretch out to much longer periods of time without any ill effect on your pet.
As your dog becomes increasingly more responsive to training, you can begin to give him more freedom. Maintaining a proper balance between obeying your commands and having some freedom will lead to a happier dog. Avoid giving too much freedom early on, as this can easily counteract your training.
Use food as a reward when training your dog. Many dogs will respond on a basic level to edibles. The reward of food will usually encourage them to continue on a food winning path. Vary the types of treats you get for your dog. Alternate fresh meat with packaged treats.
Physical punishment does not work, and can hinder training. Never ever hit your dog, especially when training. While it may appear to work because the dog stops the behavior, in reality they have only learned to fear you and not do that behavior in your presence. So toss out that rolled up newspaper and break out some tasty treats instead.
Allowing everyone in the family to tell your dog different things will completely defeat the purpose of training him. Have a family meeting or keep a list of dog training rules on the refrigerator to remind all people that interact with the animal to be consistent with commands, punishments and rewards. Otherwise the dog will be in a constant state of confusion and every family member will be completely frustrated.
A dog owner who attempts to train his or her pet while angry will never be successful. Dogs are extremely sensitive creatures, and they can sense their owners’ displeasure. Anger and dissatisfaction with a dog’s performance can poison an entire training program. A dog trainer who becomes angry with their pet’s performance should take a break and calm down before continuing their training program.
Training a dog may take a lot of time and effort, but the results are more than worth it. The tips outlined in this article should help simplify the training process, and will allow you to see some results right away. When others see your well-behaved dog, they’ll be asking for you to pass the advice on their way.