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Train Your Dog With These Simple Tips

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.

Teaching a dog to know its name is the first dog training task a new dog owner should undertake. The name is used in calling the dog and just in getting its attention. Therefore it is more appropriate to choose a short and easily enunciated name than a longer and more confusing one.

Although a well trained dog can be taught to put up with just about anything, there will be times and situations where they are truly uncomfortable with a person, another animal, or a place. Don’t force your dog to suffer through more of this discomfort than is absolutely necessary. There is a reason that they are uncomfortable and you need to determine that reason.

Look for triggers that may cause bad behavior from your dog. If your dog is suddenly exhibiting unwanted behaviors, maybe something has changed that day: Has he been able to go on a walk or has he been cooped up? Were you gone all day when normally someone is at home? Dogs are creatures of consistency and when things change their behavior can change as well.

When crate training a young puppy you must be consistent. Always give the pup the option to go to the bathroom after leaving his crate. As time passes, your puppy will start to be able to use the restroom at the appropriate times.

One of the first things most people teach their dogs is the sit command. This is very basic but is handy for your dog to know, especially when you want to get his attention. One way to teach your dog to sit is to take a piece of dog treat and hold it about six inches from his nose. Slowly raise the treat straight up and say “Fido, sit”. You may have to use your hand to help him into the position until he realizes what you want.

A good dog training tip is to hire a pet sitter to watch your dogs when you’re going on vacation, instead of leaving them in a kennel. Kennels are a terrible place to leave your dog when you’re away. In kennels, animals are often neglected and it’s not uncommon for them to become ill.

Don’t punish good behavior. Many dog owners make a big mistake during training for recall by having the dog come for reprimanding. This will only teach your dog that responding to his name is a negative event, and will discourage such behavior in the future. Make sure your punishments never incorporate desirable commands.

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.

Do you notice that your dog is dragging your leash? This is something that a lot of dog owners want to learn how to break, and it is easy to do so. A harness can make walking your dog a more enjoyable experience. It can also reduce the amount of pulling your dog does.

It is important to teach your puppy that it is never okay to put his teeth on you. Puppies interact with their litter mates by using their mouths, both to play and to express when they are upset and he will more than likely try to do this to you. You can gently push his face away and say ‘no’ to teach him that this is not acceptable behavior.

Do some research on your dog’s breed before planning a training regimen. Some breeds respond differently to training methods, so learning about a specific breed can help both of you be successful during the training process. For example, some breeds respond better when training is mixed with herding activities. Other breeds are more receptive to acrobatic training.

If you have an older dog, get a nice bed made of memory foam to ease the stress on old bones. It’s also good to get a bed with a Mylar backing to help older dogs to stay nice and warm. A removable synthetic fleece cover, will also add extra padding and warmth for older dogs.

To teach your dog not to chew inappropriately, be sure to provide him with plenty of appropriate things to chew. Make sure they are dog toys, not cast off human belongings. Whenever your dog begins to chew inappropriately, redirect him by giving him one of his own toys and take away the inappropriate item.

When training an aggressive dog you should begin training them slowly to show them you are the alpha. If you start out too quickly with alpha behavior on your part, an aggressive dog may think your behavior is a threat, and return an aggressive response. A example of this is taking a dog’s food from him when he thinks he is the alpha and your leader, which could cause the dog to bite you.

Training a dog involves mainly correcting bad behaviors as they happen. You cannot train a dog when it is not doing something that needs to be corrected. By training a dog not to do something as soon as it acts out, the dog can learn quickly when it is doing something wrong.

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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  1. dog training tips 9946

    Don’t get discouraged when training your dog. You may start to feel as though you will be carrying around messy treats in your pocket for the rest of your life. This is not the case. As your dog learns a new behavior, he will look to rewards less often for that behavior.

  2. dog training tips 2675

    Don’t let your dog ‘own’ the furniture. To a bossy dog, the furniture is his fortress, giving him much more status than sitting on the floor. If your dog becomes possessive about the furniture, deny him access until he is ready to move for any human being, including a child or stranger. Stand with an erect posture and use a firm voice. Don’t use food to entice your dog off the furniture if he has already growled, as he will think he has been rewarded. Wait until he gets off the furniture on his own, and don’t allow him back up.

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