A collection of tips on how to begin dog training makes the perfect starting point for a beginner to start and hopefully begin training their best friend to behave better. Below is just such a collection that will hopefully assist the eager novice into eventually becoming a pro when it comes to dog training.
Focus on your body language when training. Dogs respond much easier to non-verbal cues. Pay attention to how they respond to different actions and facial expressions that you make to learn what affect they have on them. Keep your words short and too the point and reinforce it with bodily actions.
Dogs can concentrate on one thing intensely and you will have to learn to break his attention. When a command is reinforced properly and often enough, your dog will begin to shift his focus from the distractions around to you in order to wait for your signal.
If you need to approach a dog that you are not familiar with, approach it slowly and allow it to sniff your hand. This lets them warm up to the scent and they’ll most likely trust you. When he knows who you are, he’ll do what you ask.
Dog training can be frustrating. If you have found yourself to be upset because you are not making progress, go ahead and take a break before trying it again. The dog is always watching you and learning, so if it can see you are upset it will react in a similar manner.
When potty training your dog, be consistent. Establish one, specific place for your dog to do his business. Take him there at the same times daily (e.g. when you first get up in the morning, when you get home from work, and just before bed). Praise your dog when he does his business in the right place at the right time. If he has an accident in the house, tell him “No!” firmly, and take him out to his potty place.
Give your dog plenty of positive reinforcement. Discipline isn’t only about punishment for bad behavior. You should make sure to reward good behavior with lots of affection and praise. It will ensure that your dog understands when it is doing the right thing, and it will help it develop trust in its trainers.
Some dogs have enormous reserves of energy that can cause the dog to act crazy through out the day. For dogs like this a fenced in yard or electric collar fence can be a useful tool to allow the dog to run around in a contained area. The dog will have more exercise and be more relaxed when it comes inside.
When house training your new puppy you need to follow a strict schedule. Get your puppy outside to eliminate first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every couple of hours in between. This will help him to learn that elimination happens outside. It also prevents pee scents (which are attractive to your dog) from being in the house to begin with.
Well, hopefully the aforementioned collection of tips were enough to give you a great start on what to do and expect when it comes to training your dog. This collection was carefully constructed to help you begin to hone your dog training skills into having a more well-behaved, obedient dog.