Dog Training Basics

Dogs can be a danger to all around without adequate training. Dogs of all ages may go through chewing, hyperactivity, and aggressive behavior. The following article offers many tips and techniques to help your dog become an obedient, beloved family pet.

Learn to understand what your dog is saying through facial expression. Many people fail to see that a dog says even though his he communicates non-verbally with his face, just as we do. When you are training your dog, take some time to see how he responds to commands, rewards and your behavior. Watching his facial expressions will be useful as training progresses and give you a better understanding of your dog.

Dog training sessions should occur at the same time each day, if possible. Dogs, much like children, can thrive on a set schedule. This pattern will promote a learning environment in which your dog is eager to learn at the given time. Sporadic training causes confusion within your pet and can prolong the training.

Throwing out your dog's food bowl can assist you with your training program. Studies have shown that animals respond well to working for their meals. Incorporate food as a reward in your training and also, use it for entertainment purposes. You can do this by putting the food in a toy or a puzzle.

In order for your training to be effective, you have to understand that you'll need to be firm. This does not mean you should continually admonish your dog. Balance firmness with love for best results. This consistent interaction will lend toward a good relationship between you are your dog.

Your dog will behave well if you keep reinforcing your training. Training should not stop because he is not a puppy anymore. You have to train your dog to keep up the good work so it never reverts to bad habits.

To keep your dog from barking, you need to stop rewarding this behavior by giving him what he wants. This means paying attention to your dog, letting him inside the house or comforting him. Your dog will associate your behavior with the barking and will think that you want him to bark.

If you don't want your dog to chew your furniture, making it unpleasant, can help. There are many clear and odor free products on the market that you can put on an item. These products will make the item taste bitter or unpleasant, thereby, deterring your pet from chewing it.

When training a dog that is not housebroken it is important to limit the dogs time to roam around the house. By keeping the dog always by the owner it reduces the time it has to go to the bathroom in the house. The dog will not want to go by the owner and must hold it until let outside.

Keep some of your dog's favorite treats with you when you are training him to obey a new command. Dogs thrive on positive reinforcement. When you have his treat on hand, you can reward him as soon as he successfully obeys this new command. Before long, he will be able to respond to this command efficiently.

One tip to keep in mind when training your dog, is to use its name properly. This is important because control over your pet is the number one priority in training and discipline. Say it's name often, but only for direct orders. Never call your dog to you if you plan on inflicting punishment on it.

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.

Is your dog getting proper nutrition? Like kids, dogs can also act out if they are not eating well. Change your dog's food to something healthier, and they will have mid-level energy all day. Also, speak with your vet to make sure that your dog is getting the proper nutritional content.

You should make training fun for both you and your dog. Aim for a 10-15 minute training session, which is optimal for the dog's attention span. Reward your dog generously, when warranted. Give your dog a lot of praise when they do something right. Training your dog can be an enjoyable experience for both of you.

Rather than waiting another minute for your dog to soil the carpet, chew up your furniture and shoes or make a fool of itself at the local dog park, get started with a training program by using any of these simple, effective and proven tips and tricks, for teaching your dog.

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