Don’t let your dog train you! Use these tips to help turn your pet into a responsive and obedient member of your family. Dogs are a big responsibility, but once they have been trained successfully, they serve as priceless, loving companions. Follow the simple strategies in this article to turn your dog into a best friend.
Just as reinforcement of good behavior when training a dog should be immediate, so too should punishment for bad behavior be immediate. Saying “no” in a harsh voice tells the dog he has acted inappropriately but he only connects the message with the targeted behavior if that message is delivered immediately after that act.
The diet you are feeding your dog needs to match their needs and activity level. The diet that is right for a working dog is a lot different from that of a dog that lounges around the house all day. Talk with your vet regarding what is right for your pup and don’t forget their needs will change as they age.
Your body language is an important tool that will help you as you begin training your dog. Even more than words, the way you act tells your dog a lot about what you want. Stop talking as much and start showing your animal what behaviors are important to you.
At a very young age, puppies are able to learn simple commands. If your puppy is tired, highly excited, or exploring his space, your training session will probably not be very successful. You will need your puppy’s full attention to assure your training session is worth your time.
When you first get your puppy don’t expect him to learn a large number of commands in a short amount of time. Your puppy needs time to acclimate to his new environment. During this time, it is possible to teach him two or three simple commands. Do not move on to other commands until your puppy has mastered these.
When you are first starting out in training your dog, try to schedule the training sessions to take place at about the same time every day. If you are making the training sessions a positive experience and doing them on a schedule, your dog will start to look forward to the sessions and enjoy them more.
When you meet an unfamiliar dog, you should go up to him slowly and allow him to sniff your hand. This gives the dog the opportunity to recognize your scent and start to trust you. Once a dog recognizes your particular scent, he will be unafraid and willing to obey.
Avoid aggressive dog training techniques such as “rolling.” Dogs are domesticated pets, not wild pack animals so it is ineffective to treat a dog like a wolf, despite the advice of certain television personalities. Aggressive training does not inspire trust and loyalty, both of which are essential for successful dog training.
If you can stick to the tips in this article, your dog will show improvement. Training your dog can be an enjoyable part of ownership. It will be difficult, frustrating, and dirty at times, but if you keep at it, your pooch can learn to be a pleasant and helpful companion.