If you’re looking to get a dog for your family, but aren’t sure how to train it, make sure to educate yourself first! Proper dog training is essential for a happy and fun addition to the family. Read on for some basic tips on how to get your puppy obedient.
Establish a quiet environment when you go into a room your pet is in. It’s great to play freely with your dog, but when you enter a room, you should not be bombarded. Do not acknowledge his presence when you enter, so the atmosphere remains controlled until you decide when his play time begins.
When formally training your dog to complete specific skills like sitting or shaking hands on command, work with them in short slots of time interspersed throughout the day. Just as humans can grow bored or even angry when being required to complete one monotonous action after another, so can dogs.
Create a bridge between the dog’s response to a command and the reward for success. By saying a bridge word such as “yes” or “good”, you will reinforce that the behavior is acceptable and the reward will follow. Keep using this bridge word even after training is complete to be consistent with your pet.
Young dogs can easily be trained to retreat to their crate when they are tired. When crate training your dog, always keep the crate in the vicinity of where you and the dog are interacting. When he tires from play he will naturally gravitate towards the crate because to do so doesn’t isolate him from you.
Puppies respond best to positive reinforcement during training. You should assure that during training your puppy can not get into trouble. If you have to scold your puppy while training him, he may relate the training to being a negative experience and not be as excited as he should be about his training.
Next time your dog jumps up on you in excitement, tell them “Off” in a firm (but not angry) voice, gently push them off, and turn your back. The verbal command and action of moving them reinforces what the command means, and turning restricts their access to you. This accomplishes two things: a) your dog can’t jump on you anymore, b) your dog feels he loses your attention, which is the exact opposite of what he wants. This teaches him quickly not to jump on you.
If you have a dog with separation anxiety, you can train him out of this anxiety by varying your routine. If you act like you’re leaving the house, but then don’t or store your jacket in the car instead of the closet, you can break the cycle of actions, that get the dog hyped up with anxiety to begin with.
If you want to house train your dog and teach it to ask to go outside, you should associate a command with going outside. Stand with your dog close to the door, say the command and take it outside. As you repeat this, your dog will go to the door when you say the command if it needs to go.
Be mindful of exactly what behavior you are reinforcing, so stand your ground and don’t give into your pet’s persistence. A dog will generally repeat whatever action has previously earned him a reward. Thus, if you give a dog food so that it will stop begging at the table one night, you’re only making the dog more inclined to beg for food again, the next night.
One tip to keep in mind when training your dog is that you will want to keep the leash with little to no slack in it. This is important so that your dog does not pull against the leash and try to run uncontrollably when walking it. It is important to ensure that your dog knows to stay by your side.
Build your dog’s attention span by increasing challenges. If your dog knows a command well at home try it outside on a quiet sidewalk. If he succeeds at these tasks consistently bring him to a more noisy area like the park. This builds up his attention span and increases his likelihood of listening to you around chaos.
For each time you use your pets name in a negative way, such as a reprimand, make an effort to use it positively 2 or 3 times. The dog must realize that his own name can be something associated with positive things and that he should never fear coming to you if called.
Make sure you dog proof your home to reduce chewing or destructive behavior while you are away. Young dogs or bored dogs may chew when left alone just to have something to do. Take the time to close interior doors and put away items dogs like to chew before you leave to limit the opportunities for chewing while you are gone.
If your dog is a big bruiser, be easy on your hands and certain of having a good strong leash by using a horse lead rope as a leash. These come in a standard 6′ length in soft cotton or synthetic rope with a very sturdy snap attached. They come in lots of pretty colors and are durable and strong.
Practice walking your dog over to a rug and asking him to sit whenever a doorbell rings. To do this, have a friend or family member ring the doorbell. Guide your dog by his leash to a rug or spot and have him sit. Praise him and offer a treat. Repeating this exercise will help him to remain calm and appear more polite when guests come over.
Keep a loose leash when walking a dog. When you are taking your dog for a walk, do not hold the leash taut. This can actually teach a dog to pull on the leash, even if they are not already doing so. Dogs have an instinctual counter pressure response the same one utilized by sled dog teams.
As you can see, dog training can be easy when you know what to do. Make sure to follow these tips consistently throughout your dog’s life to make sure you have a happy, friendly, obedient addition to your family. Enjoy your new best friend and have a great time training him!Family Bunker Plans,Click here! Family Self Defense (view mobile),Click here!