A trained dog is a happy dog. By being trained, you and your dog can relate to each other and where the other one is coming from. Once a dog is trained, no one will have to worry about leaving the animal home alone. Training isn’t always easy, but it is well worth the effort. Follow these ideas to help get you started.
Spoken directions should be made using a simple, concise and forceful tone. Don’t scream and yell and throw a fit. Say no and give them a command to do the right thing. It is also important to have good volume to your commands so that your dog understands that you are serious.
Always maintain a calm environment as you enter any room your dog occupies. It’s great to play freely with your dog, but when you enter a room, you should not be bombarded. Avoid acknowledging him as you enter. This helps to maintain a controlled atmosphere.
Your dog will perform best on a healthy diet. A dog with an unhealthy diet may manifest several symptoms, including sluggishness and poor behavior. It is damaging to their health as well as making them more prone to bad behaviors. Providing a dog with fresh water and a high protein diet can have an astounding affect on their health and attitude.
Don’t expect your dog to learn a command the first time you say it. It is not uncommon for it to take between 25 to 50 repetitions of the same command for your dog to learn it. Keep trying, your dog will pick it up.
Avoid costly training tools such as shock collars. They often do not function well as they say they do and are a lot more expensive as opposed to conventional methods of training. Also, using devices such as shock collars can restrain your dog while discouraging good behavior. Usually if you do this your dog will respond in the wrong way.
Be prepared to reward the dog as soon as it completes a positive behavior. You want your dog to recognize that when you give it a command and it does the task, it is doing what you want it to do. Your dog will soon learn the difference between good and bad behavior.
To improve the efficiency of your training routine, make sure your dog eats and poops at around the same time every day. This can train your dog to whine or come get you when he feels the urge, so you can let him out and prevent him from doing his business inside. This schedule also teaches dogs what it means to “hold it”.
Use the dog’s name as much as you can to make sure it pays attention. Use it as often as possible when you have your puppy during the first weeks, the puppy will make the connection. Keep the name brief, and make sure that it does not sound too similar to other commonly used words.
Training your dog is essentially establishing relationship rules, and, like with people, enjoyment with each other will be so much more since the groundwork has been established. Keep in mind that you must continually reinforce your dog’s training lessons. Make sure he stays on top of what he has learned, and correct any bad behavior. Once the basic dog training skills are mastered, the world is your oyster when it comes to working with your dog.