Training your dog is an important part of dog ownership. Unless you get a mature dog, you will need to potty train your puppy if you don’t want accidents in the house. Probably even more important is to teach your dog that you are his master, and he must obey you.
There are few effective ways to approach the matter of crate training your puppy or dog. If they shy away from the crate, try placing a chew bone and shutting its gate when they are not inside. A tempting bone will prove too hard to resist, and the dog will be panting to get into the crate in no time. After your dog goes into the crate, give positive reinforcement to increase the chance that he will go into the crate again.
Swatting or hitting your dog is not a good training method. If you attempt to train your dog in this manner, all you are teaching them is to be scared of you. Eventually, the dog will stop listening to voice commands, and will only respond to you raising your hand. Getting a dog’s loyalty through fear is a mistake on the owner’s part.
When walking your dog on a leash, never keep the leash too tight. A tight leash creates a counter pressure response and can cause the dog to become uptight or agitated. Your dog may then pull, rather than walk correctly on the leash. Being less restrictive with your leash hold will allow for a more pleasant walking experience.
Dogs learn through reinforcement. When your dog does something you approve of and you would like to train them to do that on command, reward them with your voice. Consider, for example, the dog that unpredictably brings his owner his slippers. The owner should excitedly say the word “slippers” or whatever word they chose as a command for that behavior.
Give your puppy something it can chew to help it lessen teething pains, like a toy or a piece of rope. Keep any items you treasure out of reach of your puppy while it is teething. Immediately replace it with one of his designated chew toys. To help your dog cope with painful teething, give him a wet washcloth that has been frozen.
Multiple repetitions will be necessary for a dog to learn new commands. It will take up to 50 repetitions to learn a new command. Being patient while trying the same task or command will allow your dog to understand it.
Walking on a leash is a big step in your dog’s training. Doing so is a matter of safety for both you and the dog when you take him for a walk.
If you do not have the knowlege to train your dog yourself it is wise to take him to obedience school. The instructor will show you how to teach your dog to obey your commands, and as a result, he will be more enjoyable to you and your family, and he will be happier.