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Dog Training To Do’s

That little puppy that looked so adorable at the pound has started to do some not so adorable things around your house. Your cute little puppy is peeing inside, rather than outside. He’s also been chewing on your shoes and jumping all over you. The good news is that the vast majority of dog behavior issues are easily lessened by consulting a professional dog trainer.

Any dog owner should consider their pet’s diet when looking to correct behavioral problems. As with humans, dogs are what they eat. If their diet is not nutritionally sound, internal and external problems can develop. Make sure your dog is eating his best, and improved behavior will often follow.

Your dog must realize that you are the leader of the pack. You must command your dog’s respect by being able to maintain discipline, or his obedience will be out of the question. Don’t let your dog control the direction or pace of your walks.

Consider moving your voice up or down in a specific manner associated with individual commands, to help your dog remember them better. Dogs are fantastic at understanding pitch differences, even more than understanding the sounds of the words. So if you alter your voice slightly when you say a certain command, the dog will be more likely to remember what to do.

Early in your training, teach your new pup to “leave it.” This command tells him to drop the item and step away. This command is a great way to avoid damaging furniture or eating dangerous things.

Use primary reinforcement when training your dog. This means you should reward it for good behavior. This may mean giving food items as treats or scratching the dog’s tummy. Doing this will show your dog alternatives for obtaining what he wants appropriately.

If you have a dog that is not learning, despite training, sometimes bringing in another dog that is already trained, can work wonders. The trained dog can lead by example and will receive all the praise from the people around. Meanwhile, the untrained dog will be watching what the trained dog is doing and learn from this.

It’s to be expected that your new puppy will likely have an accident now and then. Always immediately clean-up any messes your dog makes. You pet will smell the urine and try to urinate there again. There are a number of products that will get rid if the smell. Look for them at your favorite pet store.

A good dog training tip is to have your dogs meet at a park if you plan on bringing a new dog into your home. By having the dogs meet at the park, the dogs will be more friendly with each other, and it’ll take dominance out of the equation.

Make training fun for you and your dog. Choose treats that your dog loves, and give lots of excited praise for good results and even good efforts. Keep sessions short and lively. Give your dog plenty of chances to succeed by practicing commands that he or she knows well, but also add variations and new lessons to keep training interesting.

Anxious dogs might benefit from having music played when you leave. Classical music is proven to be soothing for a variety of species, and dogs are no exception. Calm, soothing classical music played at a mellow volume might be a benefit to your dog and keep the house from being silent while you’re gone.

If you’re at a loss where to continue with your dog’s training, consider joining an organized dog sport. Dog sports are excellent outlets for your dog’s energy, and teach him discipline in the process. Best yet, they’re a great place to meet like-minded dog owners. You might win a competition or two!

When you train your dog, you should only give your dog food treats when it behaves exactly according to your wishes. The link between good behavior and rewards should be consistent and unvaried. Inconsistent rewards will send mixed signals to your pet and reduce the effectiveness of the positive reinforcement treats should offer.

Plan training activities with your dog during a time when interruptions are minimized. Training goes much faster when both you and your pet can focus on the training activities without being distracted by other activities or disturbances. A focused 15 minute session is more effective than several sessions which are interrupted by distractions.

Large dogs that prefer to lie down on their backs or stretch, out should have a big bed to get comfortable in. You can give your dog a bed that is sized appropriately, or consider an unconventional bed for your dog, such as a crib mattress. This is a great alternative because you can easily put a variety of covers on it and wash them regularly. This is also good because mattresses for cribs are waterproof.

If you are going to dress your dog up for Halloween, don’t be too elaborate. After all, your dog won’t have any idea why you are doing such a silly thing, and he may be quite distressed or embarrassed by it. Just do something simple like a bandanna or something that will fit easily on his collar. In this way you will not run the risk of having your dog bolt or hide or engage in some other unexpected, potentially dangerous behavior.

Get your dog used to being touched everywhere by petting and touching all his body parts. Make sure to include the toes, feet, stomach, inside the mouth, ears, snout and even the tail. Desensitizing your dog to being touched everywhere, helps train him to not attack a visitor who touches him in an area he is not used to being touched.

Many people are surprised to discover just how easy it is to significantly lessen canine behavior problems. So try some of the advice we mention and you’ll soon discover, just as many happy pet owners already have, that with just a little bit of work, and a lot of consistency, your dog will be much happier and better behaved.

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