Training a new dog can be a stressful endeavor. However, it is important to train your dog to obey, for the sake of ensuring safety for your dog, for your home and possessions and for people around you. You must use positive training techniques; it’s best for you and your pup. When training your dog, you need to be both patient and consistent. Daily training will be more effective in short bursts. Any longer and they become bored.
Use control to acknowledge positive behavior while training. If your pet successfully completes a task, then reward him only if he/she is calm. Don’t let your own excitement get your dog excited or they will lose focus. Be calm, expect calm, then reward appropriately.
Make sure your dog is up and active often. Dogs can get bored easily. When a dog is bored, he will be hard to train. If your dog is fit and content, he will be much more likely to heed your instructions. Regularly take a walk or run with your dog.
Teething is painful, and providing chew toys helps alleviate the pain. Keep items that are potentially more painful out of reach. Immediately replace it with one of his designated chew toys. If your puppy is in a lot of pain due to teething, a frozen wet washcloth is ideal for him to chew on.
Consistency is key in crate training a puppy. If you remove the pup from the crate, see to it that he has the means to go potty. As time passes, your puppy will start to be able to use the restroom at the appropriate times.
Teaching dogs to roll over can be easy, provided some treats are on hand. The first step is to teach your dog to lay. Next, hold a treat near the floor on one side of his head, slowly bring the treat up and over the dogs head to the other side. As the dog uses his nose to track the morsel, he will simultaneously roll his entire body over. While he rolls, say “roll over” and repeat this action until he is able to roll over with only the command. Be patient while he masters this trick. He will be a star once he does!
Pick a phrase you will say to your new puppy the whole time you are working on house training him. Each time you let your dog out to relieve himself, use a phrase such as “go potty” so that he associates going outside with going to the bathroom.
If you are going to be doing any training you need to know how to enforce the rules. The dog has a reward they love given when they are good. Examples of theses types of rewards are treats and belly rubs. When he likes the outcome, he’ll be more likely to follow your commands.
You have to be firm during puppy training. Never scream at your dog, you need to do the right thing and be nice to them and stern at the same time. This develops a strong relationship with your dog.
To reduce your dog’s barking, try to understand what is causing it. For example, many dogs bark because of a sound, other animals or people. This will help your dog understand that barking is unnecessary.
A new puppy needs to be socialized to many different environments. He has to understand what is okay when it comes to being around dogs and people, too. This will help to reduce sporadic behavior in new environments as well.
Never give up when training a dog. Your dog will not remember his training if you are not there to constantly remind him of what you expect. Realize that training your dog is a daily task, no different than feeding and sheltering it.
Dogs will be dogs, so give your dog outlets to work out his canine behaviors. There should always be good outlets available for your dog to exercise and keep busy, and do not forget the right diet to provide this energy.
Use these tips to make training easier on you and your dog. Your whole life will change as a result. Using the tips and tricks offered above can make the harrowing task of training your dog a whole lot easier, especially if you are patient and consistent.