When your dog is obedient from the get go, you’re blessed. When he’s not, you have to start training. Utilize this advice to turn your disobedient dog into a well-manned furry companion.
Since dogs are animals that go in packs, they tend to crave leadership. Some dogs will naturally want to be the alpha, but even that is able to be subjugated. Make sure your dog knows that you are the boss for a better behaved and secure dog.
Praise your dog to reinforce good actions. Smile, get excited and provide them with treats to help them relate proper behavior with positive reinforcement. Avoid rewarding improper behavior since the dog will relate this to positive reinforcement too.
When your dog barks, pay attention to the environment or activity that causes excessive barking. You can address the behavior better once you realize what the triggers are. For example, if your dog only barks excessively when visitors enter your home, enlist a friend to come over to help you address the behavior, at the time of the trigger event.
Begin your puppy training session with something that your dog will be able to learn easily. Not only will you get the instant gratification of your success, but also your dog will gain the important foundation of what an acceptable trick or behavior is. You’ll see positive results as you train.
Correct your dog verbally with short, sharp statements. Avoid going on a rant about the dog’s “badness”. Simply say no and direct them to what you want them to do instead. Use a tone which is obviously one of consternation.
One of the most important things in training is teaching your dog to come back to you. Your pet must learn to come back to you whenever you call it. Build up this behavior step-by-step or distractions will take over. Recall is hard, but it can also be life-saving.
It might be hard, but you must be patient when it comes to your dog. Your dog is not human and does not speak or understand English. Your dog gets cues from your body and the tone of voice you are speaking in. Try to stay calm and use breaks if you feel overcome with frustration.
Provide your dog with ample toys and food to prevent him from rummaging in the trash. Empty out your trash frequently, especially if they contain mean and/or bones. Make sure your dog is kept in a crate when you leave or make sure the garbage can is emptied beforehand.
During training sessions, don’t hesitate to discourage your pet from performing unwanted actions. Use a firm voice when you say “no” to your dog. Never yell and never hit your dog with a hand or other object. This will teach your dog more bad behavior. Your dog will quickly forget what it did. If you wait, it will be unclear to the dog what you’re doing.
Don’t freak out when your dog is being hyperactive. Most dogs can be trained with a proper technique and a little perseverance. Make use of the tips you just read to minimize the hardship involved in training your dog while maximizing the results at the same time.