Puppy Dog Training
If you're a beginner at training a dog, you're more than likely wanting some advice on what will work to get your dog to behave. The tips below can help you begin training your dog.
Every dog needs a calm and confident leader to feel secure. Any dog owner can show that he is a strong leader by encouraging and rewarding good behavior. Proving to your pet that you're a strong leader makes training easier and establishes a bond between pet and owner.
Don't expect too much of your dog, too soon. Puppies will be puppies. That is what makes them so cute. The key to training them to act appropriately, is consistency. Be consistent in immediately reinforcing good behavior and eventually, your dog will get the message. Just don't expect them to become fully trained overnight.
When crating your dog it is best to always remove their collar. Even the best designed dog crates offer the possibility of a collar becoming snagged. The result could be catastrophic. By removing your dog's collar before you crate them you are acting to protect them from being strangled to death.
As you plan out your Dog Training sessions, focus on only teaching your pet one new skill at a time. Too many instructions and expectations can cause your dog to become confused and frustrated. You will achieve much better results if you work on one skill, achieve mastery and then move on.
Showing him that you are in control is the first lesson to teach your dog. You must establish your dominance first and foremost, or your dog is unlikely to obey. Always walk in front, in the leadership position, letting your dog follow behind.
Stop a training session with your dog if you become angry with it. If you are angry at your dog, will not be able to train it fairly. You may be especially prone to dishing out unnecessarily harsh punishments, causing your dog to fear you rather than learn anything from that training session.
Start training your dog as early in its life as possible, but not younger than about seven weeks. This helps build an early bond between you as the owner and trainer and the dog. However, starting too early will simply overstress the dog; a very young puppy won't learn anything from training sessions.
Do not train your dog when you are angry or stressed. Not only will you have less patience, but dogs are incredibly receptive to their owner's moods. By skipping training when you are not at your best, you can be sure when you do train, it will be much more effective.
Be mindful of exactly what behavior you are reinforcing, so stand your ground and don't give into your pet's persistence. A dog will generally repeat whatever action has previously earned him a reward. Thus, if you give a dog food so that it will stop begging at the table one night, you're only making the dog more inclined to beg for food again, the next night.
Ignoring your dogs barking can be an effective way to get him to stop. When your dog barks, he is looking for attention of some sort. If you give it to him, this will encourage him to continue. Instead try looking away and pretending he isn't there. When he quiets down, reward him with a pat on the head.
When a dog lives in a house that does not have any small children or older adults living in it, the owner should go out of their way to introduce their dog to those types of people. By introducing them in a controlled situation, one can train their dog how to act around those types of people if they are ever over at the home.
When training your dog, it is always of utmost importance that you do not punish them for what they have done. It is better to positively reinforce them when they do something correct, rather than punish them when they do something wrong. If you do this they will not become skittish whereas they would if you punished them.
Make sure everyone around the dog knows your rules. It can be confusing for a dog if the adults say not to give the dog food but the kids are sneaking food to him under the table. Make sure that everyone who spends time with the dog knows that you are trying to train him so that he gets consistent messages.
Before you begin training your dog, make sure that his diet is the best it can be. Just as humans can feel lazy after eating junk food, a poor diet for your dog will affect his behavior. A healthy moderate diet will give him energy and concentration to learn what you are teaching him in training.
As you can now see, Dog Training is a must if you want a well-behaved dog. Once you apply these concepts, you will have started the process of turning into a training expert.
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