Puppies are truly heart-stealing little beasts! If you’re already a dog owner or you may soon become one, good for you. The key to your successful relationship with your pet is making sure they are well trained. Your pet will understand how it is expected to behave, and you will feel confident in that fact, so that you can trust your pet when you are home with it or out at work. Read the article below to get some helpful tips to contribute to a wonderful owner/pet relationship:
When your dog is a room make sure you are calm when you come in. It’s always great to to be playful and upbeat, but a calm environment is ideal when you first enter a room. When you ignore the dog on entry, they shouldn’t bother you about playing.
Never tie two or more dogs in close vicinity to one another. If there chains become entangled with one another it could lead to an injury. In the worst case, a large dog might be able to strangle or crush a smaller one, entirely by accident, while trying to free itself.
When training dogs, use a similar tone and volume when you give commands. Your voice tone lets your dog know that you are serious and that you expect their obedience. It also helps them understand the differences between a sharp punishing tone and a sharp non-punishing tone.
To house train your pup, get him on a set feeding and potty schedule every day. This makes it clear to your dog that he has to go outside and poop now, instead of stinking up your carpet. This helps your puppy learn to “hold it” for a bit, until he knows it’s time to go out and will help save you money on carpet cleaning.
Dog training starts with patience. Patience is the best way to keep your dog from becoming confused and for you to remain calm. Understand that your dog actually wants to please you, however he/she can be confused with what it is you want them to do.
It is important that you teach your dog proper behaviors from day one. It is much more difficult to break a dog’s bad habits, than to teach it correct behavior in the beginning. Never feed your dog from the table, if you don’t want him to get the habit of begging for scraps.
Praise is just as important as rewards when you are training your dog. Positive reinforcement, shown through your tone and attitude, lets your dog know he has done a good job. Be careful that you do not inadvertently reward unwanted behavior or your dog will think you want him to repeat it.
While it may be hard, you need to always be patient with your dog. Dogs don’t understand English and he isn’t a person. The only thing it can understand is your tone and physical gestures. It will not know why you are behaving in such a manner. Take a breath and relax if you feel your frustration starting to creep up.
Consistency is one of the keys to successful dog training. The commands that you use should be used by others as well. Make a list, and make sure other people who deal with your dog know the commands. Only reward for good behavior. Bad behavior must have its own reaction. By having different responses from different people will most likely confuse the dog, which may make the training more problematic.
Why does your dog bark? When you know what the triggers are, you can fix the problem. For example, invite a friend over to assist you in training your dog if he always barks when that particular friend is around.
You must understand that older dogs have certain limitations. An older dog will never be able to be trained perfectly. They all have little quirks that you should learn to embrace! If you decide to adopt a dog that is older, remember he may be set in his ways. Although you can teach them some new tricks, it’s probably best that you focus on undoing negative habits they have instead of trying to teach them cool new tricks.
Consider the size of your dog when purchasing a bed. There are rectangular beds for pets, or you can get a crib mattress for your dog. These are convenient because you can change out the cover and wash it when it becomes dirty. Another advantage is that these mattresses are waterproof.
Always give your dog the tools for success. If you are training it to stop chewing things it shouldn’t be chewing on, give it things that it can chew on. Additionally, make sure there is nothing that can pose as a threat to your chewing canine. Any objects which your dog could choke on or become entangled in should be kept out of reach.
Bad behavior must be called out in the moment. You should say ‘no’ to your dog in a tone that is firm. You should never yell at your dog, nor strike your canine with your hand or any physical object. Make sure you correct the bad behavior immediately or as soon as you can after it occurs. Dogs have short memories. If you wait, it will be unclear to the dog what you’re doing.
Like people, different type of dogs may respond to different types of training. An example of this is the difference in positive and negative methods and their effects on different personalities. If you chose a training method that is not working, it might be time that you consider a different approach.
Hopefully, you have gained some information that will aid you in having a better relationship with your pet. Use the information that works best for you. No doubt, you’ll be tied up emotionally to a faithful and cute dog. Training is the key to success! Your pet will love you for the hard work you put in. Congrats on your new companion!