A dog is like a television remote in the sense that you need to program him. With your help, he will learn what is expected of him and behave in an appropriate manner. Practically any dog is capable of learning new things, but only if the owner is willing to put forth some effort in teaching these tricks.
Make sure to let your pet know a crate is their home initially. You should put their food in the cage and leave the door open if it is time for them to eat. This will let them associate a positive with being in the crate.
Include plenty of physical activity in your dog’s training routine. Boredom often befalls an inactive dog, or he may find himself in a “mutt rut” with a dull and listless routine. Dogs that are bored are not easy to train. If you have a happy, exercised dog, they will listen better. Go for a long walk with your dog.
Do not tie a couple of dogs closely together. One dog’s chain might become entangled with the other, which could lead to serious injuries. A larger dog could cause a tangle so bad that the smaller dog could be choked by the leash.
When you go out with your dog, always pay attention to other dogs and animals you come across. Certain dogs have an aggressive streak – don’t be under the assumption that the owner has taken the time to train them. Make sure your dog stays away from other dogs that are aggressive.
When training, find a verbal clue your pet can understand so they will know exactly when to do as you say. “yes” is a great bridge word between the dogs positive accomplishment and the reward they receive.
Avoid saying ‘no’ during dog training. Use positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior. If you just say “no”, your dog might not understand what is acceptable. Each situation should be treated individually, and tailored to each dog.
Avoid costly training tools such as shock collars. They might not work like they say they do and they cost too much. This is also a negative way to train your dog and might cause them to be aggressive. These methods yield negative results.
Spray bottles are the perfect deterrent for bad behavior. This will show the pooch that there are consequences to these actions. If this method is successful, you will get these negative behaviors under control and be able to enjoy your dog.
Changing your vocal tone depending on what you want to communicate will help train your dog. Command and praise should differ in tone, as should corrections. Always be firm when issuing a command. Corrections should be even sharper. Praise should be offered in your natural tone.
Make training fun for you and your dog. Keep in mind that your dog does not have an attention span that goes beyond fifteen minutes. The rewards offered to your dog need to be plentiful (especially at first) and varied. Make sure you shower your dog with abundant praise when he does well. When the dog enjoys their training, they will listen better.
A useful tip for dog training is to avoid rewarding the dog for bad behavior. This will teach your pet that it could do whatever it is that it wants and that it has control over you. For instance, do not give treats to the dog when it barks.
Keep in mind the limitations of an older dog. Older dogs are unlikely to be completely trainable, as they will already be accustomed to certain behaviors to some extent. Keep in mind that adopting old dogs may mean you adopt dogs that are set in their behaviors. Try to change the things that are negative, to make your older dog a better pet.
Training means lots of love, patience and plenty of treats. The tips we have provided will get you and your pup started on the road to a wonderful, loving relationship for many years. Your dog won’t be trained overnight, but with patience and persistence, you will have a trained dog before you know it.