Your dog might be hyperactive, shy or even a bit rebellious. Whatever his personality, your furry friend needs guidance to be the best dog he can be. A training routine will establish your roles and make him more likely to obey essential commands. These small steps can help carve the path to a happier, more well-behaved dog in little time.
When you correct your dog verbally, ensure your corrections are direct and short. Do not waste time ranting about how bad your dog is. Just say no, then show it what to do instead. Your tone should be stern to let them know you are serious.
When giving commands to your dog, never come down to their level. Maintaining eye contact and a fully erect, dominant stance imparts control to the dog. Your dog will be receptive to commands given from this posture much easier than a crouching owner who is seen as an equal or playmate.
Digging can be a troublesome behavior with some dogs. One way to address this is to create an area where your dog is allowed to dig. Hide some of his favorite toys in the area, bury dog treats, and encourage him to spend time there. This can keep your dog out of your favorite garden and help him to enjoy your yard.
Although a well trained dog can be taught to put up with just about anything, there will be times and situations where they are truly uncomfortable with a person, another animal, or a place. Don’t force your dog to suffer through more of this discomfort than is absolutely necessary. There is a reason that they are uncomfortable and you need to determine that reason.
Training doesn’t only happen during designated training sessions. Every time you interact with your pup, you are training him. Make sure to stay consistent in your commands and requests and to continue to reinforce those good behaviors. If you are training him to stay off the couch, don’t let him jump up there while you are watching a show. Stay consistent at all times with what you want him to do and you will see the rewards.
Train your dog on a regular basis to make sure he understands the rules of the house. Do not believe that just because you dog has graduated from obedience school that training is complete. Some dogs will revert back to negative behaviors if the training does not continue. It is important that the training your dog receives is reinforced regularly.
Stop a training session with your dog if you become angry with it. If you are angry at your dog, will not be able to train it fairly. You may be especially prone to dishing out unnecessarily harsh punishments, causing your dog to fear you rather than learn anything from that training session.
Your dog will benefit from a training routine he can rely on. Dogs benefit from clear guidance, and like children, do not come with the rules programmed into them. The above steps are a great way to begin establishing a new relationship with your dog. His confidence will grow, and you’ll feel accomplished for reaching your little friend’s goals with him.