Making sure your dog is properly trained is one of the best investments you can make. Can you imagine living for ten years or more with an untrained animal? Learn more about dog training with this article.
Properly trained dogs can be taught to regard their crate as a place of safety. When possible always keep the crate in a central location so that the dog learns to understand that it is there and available all the time. He will begin to seek it out when he is tired and even when he is scared and seeking comfort.
Watch your demeanor when you are training your dog. You need to remain calm, but assertive at all times. Do not show anger or raise your voice. If you do this, your dog will require you to shout commands in order to follow them, if this is how he is trained.
Start training your dog as early in its life as possible, but not younger than about seven weeks. This helps build an early bond between you as the owner and trainer and the dog. However, starting too early will simply overstress the dog; a very young puppy won’t learn anything from training sessions.
You need to teach your dog to stop when you give them their command. Training must be a positive experience for your dog. Saying ‘no’ is not a good command, and the dog won’t know how to react. There is a difference in all dogs and training should be customized.
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.
Finding out what motivates your dog is the key to successful training. All dogs have different tastes and preferences, but it is also important to keep in mind that the reward you’re giving your dog should be healthy. Even if the treats at the store say your dog will like it, make sure to double check the ingredients. Cheese and strong- smelling meats are very popular, but oftentimes falsely advertised at the store containing a mix artificial tastes and smells.
As you train your dog, have an eye on other dogs when walking yours. It’s not always the owner that is responsible for a dog being aggressive. Take care to avoid coming into contact with any animal that appears overly aggressive or antisocial.
Make training a part of your dog’s daily routine. Ten minutes of training every day gives much better results than an hour of training once a week. The dog has less time to forget the lessons learned and it is much easier to keep a dog’s attention for a few minutes at a time. Also, the dog will not end up eating so many treats in a single session that hunger is no longer a good motivator to learn new commands.
As mentioned before, training a dog is a prudent investment. An untrained, misbehaving dog can chew your furniture, scare the neighbors and stress your family. Take the tips in this piece to heart, and you will be equipped to do the right thing and teach your dog how to be a valued member of the family.