The Dog Training Secret

Having a dog can be one of the great joys in life. But when they aren't acting the way you want them to, they can also be the most frustrating. Don't lose heart; there are some effective ways to get your dog to behave. Here are some good ways to start training your dog.

When you have gotten a new dog and you are working on training a key thing to remember is that you must always enforce the commands that you give your dog. Do not let the dog ignore you, and do not say the command over and over. If you are not going to be strong enough to enforce what you are saying, you might as well not waste your time.

The dog, man's best friend. We've all probably found ourselves owning a dog at some point, but perhaps weren't the one responsible for training it. One of the keys to training a dog is consistency. You have to reward it all the time for good behavior, and punish it all the time for bad behavior. For example if you are potty training and your dog uses the pad, reward her with a treat each and every time to reinforce that behavior.

Make sure your dog's diet is appropriate for him. If your dog is a lazy dog who likes to lounge around all day, you don't want to give him the high protein food a dog who herds sheep would receive. This can cause problems and high vet bills down the road.

When you take your puppy out to go to the bathroom, you must be patient with him. He has a short attention span and may get distracted by sounds and smells, or want to play. This is normal puppy behavior and should not be reprimanded, especially while he is still learning.

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.

Associate hand gestures with individual commands to help your dog remember what to do. While the command words themselves can be enough of a clue to tell the dog what to do - using a visual cue - provides a way for the dog to remember more easily how to perform.

Start training your dog early. Many people believe that very young puppies are too young to learn. The reality is that even puppies as young as six weeks old are able to begin the basics of training, and starting early ensures that your puppy will have a strong foundation for more advanced training later.

When potty training your dog, be consistent. Establish one, specific place for your dog to do his business. Take him there at the same times daily (e.g. when you first get up in the morning, when you get home from work, and just before bed). Praise your dog when he does his business in the right place at the right time. If he has an accident in the house, tell him "No!" firmly, and take him out to his potty place.

Not showering your dog with enough positive reinforcement when he does good, will reduce the power you have over him in training. Since dogs love attention, giving them plenty of it, provides him with incentive to listen to you. If all he ever hears from you is what not to do, he is not getting any encouragement, only discouragement, so be sure to reward him with praise often.

Do not fatten your dog by being mindful of just how many treats he gets in one day. A lot of pet owners don't think about how much weight their dogs can put on with treats.

When training your dog, do not ever neglect good behavior. Regardless of the situation, if your dog performs according to your expectations it should be rewarded. Even if your pet's overall behavior is unsatisfactory, you should praise and reward it whenever it does what you want it to. Unambiguous rewards are the best way to encourage the behavior you want.

For dogs that tend to pull, consider the equipment you are using. The neck is the strongest part of a dog's body, so walking dogs on collars will only work for dogs that are already very mellow. A head halter or an appropriate harness will help for pulling dogs. Harnesses should clip from the front, as ones that clip in the back may encourage pulling more.

Does you dog eat an appropriate diet? Make sure that they are getting the proper nutrition so that they can stay free of behavioral issues associated with a poor diet. Your dog's diet should be adapted to its species and its age so your dog is full of energy. Consult your veterinarian about any special dietary needs that your dog might require.

Use the same simple words in a low, firm tone of voice, every time you give your dog a command. Don't shout or repeat the command multiple times. Say it once, firmly and then, assist the dog in complying if he doesn't understand (e.g. press down firmly on the hindquarters while saying "sit, " if he doesn't sit the first time you tell him).

If you have an old dog, he may become grouchy and nervous. This is because older dogs often lose their vision, hearing, and/or sense of smell. This can cause them to feel uncertain and vulnerable. Be sure to keep things consistent for your old dog. Set up a comfortable area where he can always count on finding his comfy bed, favorite toy and a dish of food and water.

Try these tips and see how well they work. It will not happen overnight, but sooner or later your dog will start responding. This will mean you can relax a little. A great dog can be a great friend, but you've got to take a little time to train him first.

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