Karma Dog Training

Training a dog is an endeavor which requires a plethora of patience, but if done correctly is also immensely rewarding. In all my life I have known no feeling like companionship greater than that feeling I have with my two dogs. If you're interested in learning more, read this article.

Look at things from your dog's point of view. A lot of owners get frustrated when their dog is not understanding a basic command. Don't do yourself and your pet an injustice by simply giving up. Thinking like a dog can make it easier for you to do what is needed to train him. Consider how it would be to see the world in their eyes. Doing this will give you a completely different perspective, which should help you in training them.

Always be kind and patient with your dog. Understand that training dogs can be frustrating since some dogs have a more difficult time learning obedience than others. Always try not to lose your temper and resist the urge to scream or shout at your dog. Also, never hit your dog as this will only serve to confuse it and will actually make training more difficult.

As you train your dog, it is important to remember that everything you do with your pet is an opportunity for them to learn. Without realizing it, you may be rewarding undesirable behaviors throughout the day. Keep in mind that whether you are actively training or not, your actions are still having a large impact on your dog's behavior.

Never leave a tied dog unattended for long lengths of time. Even the best trained dog can become excited and active enough that they snarl up their chain or rope around and around itself or another object. If you don't catch this in time your dog could actually twist his collar tight enough that he suffocates.

If your dog is a jumper, squeeze his paws when he jumps on you to let him know he cannot do this any longer. Although it may be uncomfortable, it does not hurt them when done lightly. In time, they will cease jumping on humans, as they will have the negative association with the squeezing.

If you're tired of your dog pulling on the leash while walking with you, here's a simple training method. Take your leashed dog to an outside place that is familiar to both of you - such as the backyard - then begin to walk. If your pet stays beside you, right at your thigh, reward it with a treat. If the animal rushes forward, stop walking. If it wanders off for some reason, say "let's go" in an upbeat way and turn and walk another way. When it catches-up with you, give it a treat, and if it doesn't catch-up, pull gently on the leash until it gets the point. In this way, you reward good behavior and don't have to be unduly harsh for bad behavior.

A good Dog Training tip is to be aware of the body language you use. Dogs pay close attention to our body language and it's important that you are sending the right message. Talking too much can also confuse dogs, so it's best to be succinct with what you're trying to say.

Your dog should earn his freedom around your home. Too many pet owners give their dog free reign without earning it, which can lead to costly furniture replacement or even surgery when Fido eats something he shouldn't have. Test your dog's comfort levels and limits gradually, and in safe doses so you know his triggers.

This article hopefully gave you some tips and ideas on how to train your dog. As they are still animals at heart it does take a little work, and a little technique. However, there is a lot of useful information from this article that can get you started on training your dog.

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