Dog Training Clicker

Dogs can be like family and you want to find positive ways to train them. This article should help you to gain a greater understanding of how and why Dog Training works. Education creates success, so educating yourself about how you should train your dog is an important first step.

Enforce all of the commands you issue to your dog. Do no issue a command on a whim. Only give a command to your dog if you truly mean it. This can lead to having to repeat your commands. A well-trained dog should only need to be told once to do something.

Dogs quickly learn whether or not you really expect them to respond to your commands every time or if they might be able to get away with not obeying on occasion. Don't send false messages! Don't give your dog a command unless you are prepared to follow through and insure your dog obeys that command.

Training your dog to walk on lead takes time. The idea is to have your dog walk obediently beside you without straining, tugging, and pulling from side to side. Correct your dog's movement with short snaps of the lead that pull sharply and abruptly back against his momentum. He will stop pulling and walk complacently for a time beside you. During this time loosen the lead but when he pulls again snap the lead again.

A good plan when training your dog is to keep your sessions short. When you have multiple, short sessions of training, as opposed to one long set, your dog will stay interested and will anticipate more. Keeping your pet motivated by short interval sessions will be effective and have a stronger impact.

When trying to train your dog, always reinforce positive behaviors even when you're not actively in a training session. It's easy to remember to reward your dog during a training session, but it's just as important to reward your dog for those trained behaviors the rest of the time, too. This builds a good connection for the dog between the behavior and the reward.

To strengthen your training efforts, you can use a designated verbal command to help your animal know what your expectations are and when they have been fulfilled. It's faster to tell your dog "yes" than it is to find and give it a treat.

When you get a new puppy, the best way to train it is to remove the temptation to behave badly in the first place. For example, if you have a puppy that is inclined to chew on shoes, store all of the shoes in the house out of reach of the dog. This way, the behavior doesn't have to be trained out of the dog later.

If you have a dog that begs, the easiest way to train them from this behavior might be to simply remove the dog from the situation. Shutting the dog out of the room at mealtimes keeps them from pestering you while you eat, and removes the temptation for you to give in to that cute face.

Do not have overly long training sessions. The attention span of a dog is pretty short, so it is important to keep them interested in training by keeping the training short. If you want to train more, make sure to include play breaks for your dog.

Get in the habit of only giving your dog a direct command one time. It will seem easy to just repeat it over and over until he responds, but don't do that. Instead, revisit the training until your dog understands that you expect him to react the first time you say something.

"No" shouldn't be a huge part of training. While training your pet, you need to give them a lot of positive praise and strokes. If you just say "no", your dog might not understand what is acceptable. Each dog has their own quirks.

Accidents will sometimes happen when you are house training a puppy. When accident do happen, clean them up rapidly and thoroughly. Animals are inclined to eliminate repeatedly in spots where they can smell urine or feces, and carpets require special care. Many cleaning products are made just to eliminate this order, you can find them at any pet store.

You need to know if there are other dogs around when you are out walking your dog. Some dogs are more aggressive by nature and it is wrong to assume that it is the result of the owner. Make sure your dog stays away from other dogs that are aggressive.

An often overlooked necessity with Dog Training is family training. Your dog will be confused and dismayed when multiple members of the family give commands in a variety of ways. Train your spouse, children and anyone else who will have consistent contact with your dog on the proper commands and techniques you employ for training.

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.

Just by reading this article, you have taken the initial step in training your dog and becoming a responsible dog owner. Become a better trainer, listener and friend to your dog by following the advice from this article. This simple advice can take you a long way.

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