When you choose a dog from an animal rescue, its behavior may be quite a bit more subdued at the shelter than it will be once it settles into your home. With some basic training, you can teach your dog to act better quicker.
Be careful not to reward bad behaviors without realizing it. This means don’t give your dog treats or attention for something he should not be doing. This includes things like petting them when they jump on you at the door.
To put a halt on barking, teach your pup to obey a basic command. When it starts barking, show them the treat and say the command until it quits barking. Then, you are able to reward the dog. Eventually they will stop barking altogether as a result of the positive association.
Get your dog’s attention the same way every time. Start your commands by calling out his name. This will get his attention, and then you can tell him what to do. Dogs that are properly trained will respond when their name is said.
The key to effective training is to ensure that your dog’s activity level remains consistently high. Dogs are not animals that are meant to sit still all of the time. Dogs need to run around and do activities with their owners to be at their best. Take your pet to the dog park or help him learn a new skill that keeps him active, such as playing fetch with tennis balls or catching a Frisbee in mid-flight. Do not allow your dog to become bored and keep it entertained by keeping it active.
Take an assertive management role in your dog’s behavior. Do not give a command unless you want it followed. If you don’t have the will or time to enforce your command, don’t give it.
How certain are you that your pet is getting adequate nutrition in its diet? Some bad behavior could be attributed to an imbalanced diet. Alter your dogs diet to make sure they are getting proper energy during the day. Your vet should be able to provide advice.
Work on making your dog’s memory stronger. Your dog should learn to return to you when called, no matter what is going on. Teach this necessary behavior sequentially so that the dog obeys, even when distractions are present. Recall may save your dog’s life one day, so don’t skip out on this training, even though it can be time-consuming and challenging.
Basic dog training is easily incorporated into daily routine providing for fast training results. Consider giving some of the ideas outlined above a try, in order to improve the bond between you and your dog.