Animal shelters are packed with dogs that owners give away due to behavioral problems. You can prevent this from happening. A trained dog will be a healthy and happy member of your family. If you can spend some time and follow instructions, you can easily train your dog.
Enforce the commands that you give your dog. Do not let up until they complete the task you have asked them to do. If you are not serious about making them do what you have commanded, then they will learn that they don’t have to do it. Follow through is key to training.
Commands and corrections should be short and straight to the point. Never ramble on about the dog’s failures. Firmly say no and redirect them. It is also important to have good volume to your commands so that your dog understands that you are serious.
When you are training your dog and establishing your leadership role, do not be adverse to letting the dog lick you on the face. This is common behavior in dogs when dealing with the Alpha in the pack. Do not discourage this behavior as it can confuse the animal and confuse your role because you do not show proper response to this servile behavior.
Include plenty of physical activity in your dog’s training routine. Dogs require mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. Dogs that are bored are not easy to train. It is easier for your dog to focus if he is happy and well exercised. Go on extended walks or runs with your dog on a regular basis.
It is important to understand that training your dog will require a lot of patience and repetition. It often takes a dog between 25 and 50 repetitions before they are able to learn a new command. Getting frustrated will only delay your results and may hurt your relationship with your pet.
Establish a verbal cue to let your dog know when a command has been carried out to your satisfaction. Words like “yes” could be an effective way of communicating to your dog that he has done something you are pleased about.
Give your dog a regular elimination and feeding schedule, so you can house train them. Once you’ve established a schedule, it will be easier to predict when your dog needs to go to the bathroom. A schedule will train your dog to know when he will get to go out next.
One tip to keep in mind when training your dog, is that there is no one way to train your dog because your dog is unique. This is important because you need to understand your dogs needs, and what the best way is to approach training and discipline. You definitely do not want to stick to a method if it is the wrong way to teach your dog.
It is not outside the realms of possibilities to be the proud owner of a well-adjusted and perfectly trained dog. It is important to train your dog and give him lots of attention and love. Follow the steps listed above and your dog will become, and remain, an important part of your family.