Puppy training can be very intimidating to someone that has never done it before. There are many different ideas and theories out there, and the sheer amount of information can be overwhelming. Read on for some simple, basic tips arranged to help you get started.
If you are crate training your dog, you need to show them that this is where they will sleep. At meal times always put their bowl of food inside the crate leaving the door open the whole time while they are eating. This will help the dog make a positive association between the food and the crate.
Crate training is very beneficial, but there can be difficulties that the following tips can help with. If they shy away from the crate, try placing a chew bone and shutting its gate when they are not inside. The dog will smell the bone and want to go racing into the crate to eat it. Praise your dog once he gets into the crate.
It takes small steps to crate train your puppy; they must become accustomed to it. Once your dog is accustomed to being in the crate, try closing the door and giving your pet a treat through the wire. Only keep the gate closed for short periods of time at first and increase time slowly. If the dog doesn’t like it, slow the process.
A healthy diet is essential for your dog. A bad diet is unhealthy for dogs for many reasons. It not only makes your dog unhealthy but can make him misbehave as well. Providing a dog with fresh water and a high protein diet can have an astounding affect on their health and attitude.
Keep your dog well exercised and active. Dogs can become bored very easily. A bored dog will try and find something interesting to do, and training is not usually interesting. Your dog will pay better attention to commands, as well as play with you more, when he has been exercised properly. Take your dog on long walks or runs.
Treats are necessary when teaching a dog fancy tricks like rolling over. The first step is to get the dog to lay down. The next step is to palm the treat and hold your hand beside your dog’s head. Slowly raise the treat over your dog’s head to the opposite side. He should then roll over while following the treat. Say “roll over” as he performs the action so that he’ll learn the command. Don’t get frustrated if it takes a few tries, once he learns this trick he’ll be the star of the dog park!
You should pick a phrase to say to your puppy while he is being house trained. Each time you venture out for a bathroom trip, use this phrase to keep your dog focused on the task he came outside to accomplish.
By following these tips, you should have a better understanding of how to train your dog. Use them when you plan a regimen for training your dog. They can make your training successful, so that both you and your dog are happy.