Dog Training Tools
A dog is a man's (or woman's) best friend! Dogs are wonderful pets to come home to at the end of a long day or take for a run around your favorite park. If you want to make your relationship with your dog better, having your dog trained is very important. Below you'll find tips and hints to help you with the Dog Training process so you and your dog can have a mess free, relaxing and fun time together.
When it is time to leash train your new dog or puppy, you must let him know that you are boss. Punishment does nothing but make him afraid of you and it doesn't actually correct the behavior. One thing that you should do, is make a short leash so that he has to stay right by your side. Do not let him lead you. You are the leader, not him.
Keep your dog active. Boredom often befalls an inactive dog, or he may find himself in a "mutt rut" with a dull and listless routine. When dogs feel bored, they are much more stubborn when it comes to training. When your dog is exercised and is happy, training will be easier. It is a great idea to take your dog out on runs or walks through the neighborhood.
Don't feed your dog food they aren't accustomed to when house training them. Very rich foods, in particular, make it hard for a dog to control their bowels. Stick to the tried and true in terms of types of food and the quantity you feed and the house breaking experience will proceed much more smoothly.
Repetition is one of the most important aspects of training any pet. Simply showing your dog how to behave one time only is ineffective. Reinforcing ideas is essential, and your dog will eventually be much more responsive.
Many puppies like to use their mouths to play because that is how they played with their litter mates. This should be discouraged as soon as possible after your puppy comes home. It may be cute when a seven pound puppy pulls on your arm or shirt sleeve, but I assure you, it isn't as cute when a fifty pound dog does it.
Any dog you adopt should go through at least a basic obedience class with a professional. The skills you can learn from a professional course will more than outweigh the cost of the course. Also, a course gives you and your dog a chance to socialize with other dogs and their owners.
Dogs need at least 60 minutes of exercise time every day, on top of training and bathroom breaks. When your dog gets enough exercise, training sessions are usually more effective and produce faster results. Your dog will be happier and more responsive when he gets the exercise he needs.
To prevent any mess in your house, you can install a doggy toilet. Once your dog knows that it has to go outside the house, use the same command you used to make it understand that outside is a good place to go in association with the doggy toilet.
Your own mood has a great deal to do with your success in training your dog. You must control your emotions, so that your dog gets the right idea from your training. Regardless of your dog's overall performance, be free and unreserved with praise, when your dog does what you want. Conflicted emotions on your part will have a negative effect on your dog's overall training regimen.
One tip to keep in mind when training your dog is to ensure that you make it absolutely clear to your dog what it is that your are disciplining it for. This is important to avoid confusion and to teach the dog what is desired and what is undesired behavior. An example of what to avoid is hitting your dog hours past and in a different room from where it shredded your couch.
Having your dog trained can make all the difference in your relationship. By following the above tips, you'll be able to have a better time with your dog with less hassle and mess. If your dog wasn't your best friend before, he or she will be after some simple dog training!
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