Adult Dog Training
A dog can mean a companion waiting for you when you get home, a walking buddy, and a pal you can always play with. However, it can also mean torn-up shoes, incessant barking, and a general lack of obedience. Training your dog can alleviate these problems, but it sometimes feels like your dog just won't learn. This article will provide some advice that will help make your dog a friend, not a foe.
Don't ever ignore good behavior from your dog. If they do something good, even if you didn't ask them to do it, make sure that you reward them for it in some way. If you start to ignore them when they have done something desirable, then they will see no reason to keep doing it.
Dogs learn through reinforcement. When your dog does something you approve of and you would like to train them to do that on command, reward them with your voice. Consider, for example, the dog that unpredictably brings his owner his slippers. The owner should excitedly say the word "slippers" or whatever word they chose as a command for that behavior.
Dogs often become destructive because they are bored and lonely. Consider a house dog that destroys the sofa while you are away from the house. Consider the larger outside dog that chews up the shrubbery. The answer to alleviating their destructive behavior might be as simple as spending more time with them or buying them a new toy.
If you are going to be doing any training you need to know how to enforce the rules. This method involves giving your dog something they enjoy when they are well behaved. Use things such as treats or petting your dog to reinforce good behavior. This lets your dog know how to earn something it wants.
If you wish your dog to respond to commands such as 'sit', you should spend up to ten minutes every day positioning your dog in the right position and repeating the command. Your dog will associate the word with the action of sitting. Be patient and reward your dog every time it obeys the command.
As you progress in training your dog, only give rewards for obedience the first time you give a command such as "come" or "sit". The dog will quickly learn that it is better to get the reward by obeying the first command than having you repeat it and not give the reward. Do praise the dog when it finally obeys, but save the treats for quick obedience.
One of the most important things in training is teaching your dog to come back to you. No matter what the circumstances, your dog should come back to you when you call. These are things that have to be done to have a obedient dog. Recall will become very useful if your dog is in danger or about to attack someone, which is why you should spend some time on this command.
Stop your puppy immediately if he is chewing on something he shouldn't. By doing this your puppy will learn which items he can and cannot chew then, when he is unsupervised, he will be less likely to chew your belongings.
When it comes to grooming activities, familiarize your pet with common handling as early as possible. Dogs require grooming regardless of breed and getting your pet used to having her paws, face and ears handled regularly makes the grooming process less stressful for both of you. Whether you do your own grooming or have it done professionally, train your dog to accept handling common to grooming.
A dog is man's best friend, but many times it can feel as if it's the greatest rival. Properly training a dog is a necessity for getting the dog you want. The tips here will hopefully make sure that your dog is indeed a good friend and not a rival. It may take a lot of work, but heeding the advice will get rid of the bad aspects of the dog, keeping only the good ones.
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