Lots of dogs go to shelters simply because their owners become disappointed in them, though this does not need to be the case. Properly trained dogs are healthy and happy members of a family. Turning your dog into such a dog does not have to be a difficult process, if you’re willing to invest the time and follow a few simple steps.
You can use a few tricks when crate training your dog or puppy. If your dog doesn’t want to enter the crate, put a chew bone inside the crate, then close to door. The dog will smell the bone and want to go racing into the crate to eat it. Once they go in the crate, praise them so that they know they did well.
Consistency is really the secret to crate training puppies. Always give the pup the option to go to the bathroom after leaving his crate. As he gets older, he will gain greater control of his bodily functions, making it easier to control himself.
Your dog must respect you in order for training to work. Put yourself in an authoritative position, so that your dog knows to obey you. It is important to walk ahead of your dog when taking him for a walk. This will let him know that you are the leader.
When you approach a strange dog, make sure you approach him slowly and allow the dog to sniff your hand. This lets the dog get accustomed to your smell and he will be more trusting towards you. The dog will no longer be afraid after he is able to recongnize the scent and may begin to follow commands.
Teaching a dog to walk correctly while on its leash is important. The safety of both of you while out walking is paramount, and the proper training will ensure this.
You need to teach your dog to stop when you give them their command. It’s important to discover positive methods of reinforcing your dog’s training. When you tell your dog “no” during training, he has no idea what you want him to do instead of the behavior you reprimand. Make sure that your training regimen is unique to your specific dog.
Identify a single word that you will use as a no-bark command. When your dog barks, show them a treat and repeat the order, for instance, ‘be quiet’ until it stops barking. Then, you can give your pet the treat. If you do this long enough, it will surely be able to associate having treats to it being quiet.
Use your dog’s name as many times as you can, this will keep his attention on you. Use the name often, especially during the first weeks at home; the puppy should associate his name with focusing on you. Choose a short name that is easily recognizable from other words.
As discussed in this guide, having a healthy and happy dog is not hard to have. Training your pet, offering him plenty of love and attention, and being mindful of your dog’s needs are key. By following these steps you can make your dog a part of the family.