Getting a dog is a big deal, and it requires some serious thought. As with any relationship, the time you spend with your dog should show commitment. Training a dog improves their behavior and reduces the amount of trouble they get into. Use the advice offered below to help you get started on training your pooch.
Make sure that your dog stays awake and active. Boredom often befalls an inactive dog, or he may find himself in a “mutt rut” with a dull and listless routine. Dogs with no enthusiasm will be harder to train than active dogs. If you have a happy, exercised dog, they will listen better. Go for long walks and runs with your dog.
Give your puppy with lots of chewable toys, otherwise he might alleviate his teething pain on your nice furniture. Give the dog one of its own chew toys right away. Teething can cause puppies significant pain. Give them relief by letting them chew on a washcloth that is wet and frozen.
To ensure success, you must ensure that the crate you are using is appropriate for the size and breed of your pet. Puppies will grow up quite quickly. Choose a crate that your puppy can grow in, but won’t grow out of. Your dog needs to have the room to get around the crate and not feel cramped.
Do not reinforce any negative behaviors accidentally. Withhold treats and attention when your dog exhibits any undesirable behaviors. For instance, avoid rubbing the dog’s head every time they jump up when you get home.
As you start training your dog, establish verbal cues that let your dog understand when they have performed something correctly. “yes” is a great bridge word between the dogs positive accomplishment and the reward they receive.
As your dog progresses in training, you can provide more freedom. You will find your dog to be more obedient and your dog will be happier. Just be cautious not to give too much freedom at once, as this may have a counter effect on your puppy training.
When training your dog, make sure to have fun with him too. The two of you playing together will help build a strong bond, and that will encourage your dog to positively respond to the training. Training can be a fun experience, however, getting some enjoyment for yourself and the dog through play is a good thing.
Even old dogs can be taught at least a few new tricks, and improving their behavior may still be possible. You want to avoid the chance the dog will hurt someone, so moving quickly to start training is important.