There are various reasons why dogs are trained. Dogs can be trained to be hunters, helpers, or just pleasant pets. Dogs are well known for their ability and desire to please. Their eagerness to please is part of their appeal as pets. The following article will allow you to learn how to properly train your dog.
Sometimes it may be necessary to physically establish yourself as the Alpha in the pack. If your animal is being aggressive to another animal or a person, hold them by the scruff of the neck and put them in a prone position on the ground firmly, not violently. This lets your dog know you are in charge and exhibits behavior they would expect from another dog.
Look for triggers that may cause bad behavior from your dog. If your dog is suddenly exhibiting unwanted behaviors, maybe something has changed that day: Has he been able to go on a walk or has he been cooped up? Were you gone all day when normally someone is at home? Dogs are creatures of consistency and when things change their behavior can change as well.
Make sure to only say the command word one time while training your dog. It is important not to repeat yourself, because your pet will begin to expect you to say the instructions multiple times. You want your dog to respond to your commands as soon as you say them.
When training your dog for specific commands, be sure to use the exact same wording during everyday life as you do during training sessions. If you select “down” for “lie down”, use “down” every time you want the dog to lie down. Changing up the terminology can confuse your dog and interfere with training.
As you progress with your dog’s training, you should begin to give it more and more freedom. The balance between freedom and obedience is a rewarding one. Make sure you do not provide excessive freedom right away, or backsliding may occur.
Spend time each day training your dog, even if for only a few minutes a day. Dogs respond well when they get to practice what they are learning and what they have learned. Practicing at least 15 minutes a day on commands your dog already knows keeps the dog in practice.
End each training session positively. Even if your dog has not mastered the skill you are working on, end each training session with a skill they know and praise him profusely. This ensures that each training session ends on a positive note and is a positive memory for your dog.
Teach your puppy his or her name before you start to train him or her, as this creates a bond. Use his name on a regular basis, and teach him that the appropriate response to hearing is name is to come over to you. These are the initial words your puppy must learn. Be around your puppy a lot, so he knows to trust you. Over time, the puppy will be able to learn more advanced training.
As was already stated, many dogs are trained for many different reasons. Dogs want to please their owners, and when you have a good dog they are a pleasant addition to any family. Hopefully this article has given you some ideas that will make it easier to train your four-legged friend.