What a great thing! So, what are you going to do next? If your dog has good training, you will find that you have a happier pet, and you will have more fun being a dog owner. These tips can give you the help you need when training your dog.
When training your dog, try to avoid reinforcing negative behavior. Avoid giving them any rewards they haven’t earned. For instance, it will be difficult or impossible to train your dog not to jump on people if you give your pet a friendly neck-scratch when he or she jumps on you.
When starting to train a dog, make verbal cues that let the animal know the exact time when they correctly carry out a command. Using an affirmative word can help your dog understand they did their part and it is time for a treat.
Do not use shock collars and similar training devices. These devices are expensive and do not always work as well as you would expect them to. Additionally, the use of devices such as shock collars can break your dog’s spirit and ruin him as an enjoyable family pet. The negative training causes negative outcomes.
It is important to leash-train your dog. This is important for both the dog’s safety, and your own.
If your dog leaps on you, hold his paws and squeeze them a little so he will know this is not acceptable. While this will not seriously hurt the animal, it is certainly unpleasant and therefore makes a powerful statement. They learn that if they want to avoid that discomfort, they need to refrain from jumping up.
The best way to train a dog is by using positive reinforcement. Remember to show your dog positive attention when they do something good as often as you can. Do not yell at your dog or hit him. These tactics backfire and just make your dog believe you are incompetent. Maintain a calm attitude anytime that your dog does wrong so that you can have a relationship o mutual respect with your dog.
Try to keep accidents at a minimum when toilet training your dog. Learn to read your dog and anticipate his needs. Pacing back and forth and showing you more attention are types of triggers. When you see this, don’t delay. Get out the leash and head for their designated potty area. Whenever he relieves himself in an appropriate time and place, he should be praised immediately. The dog will eventually give you a sign when he needs to go out.
Continue training your dog using the same techniques over time. If more than one family member is training your pet, make sure they all you the same commands, rewards and discipline. The dog will have an easier time learning if he has only one set of commands to learn and if he knows what response each behavior will receive.
A good training trick is to know the grooming needs that your dog needs. While some dogs just need a few baths a year, other breeds have to be clipped and cleaned more frequently. Properly grooming your dog is important to keep them content and healthy.
When it comes to training your dog, never give up. Constant reinforcement and praise are essential when maintaining the training your dog learned in how to behave. Much like providing your pet with food, training is a continuous process that is never truly finished.
If you are consistent, your puppy can learn to “hold it.” Spend plenty of time with him, and go outside with him once an hour. When the dog eliminates outside, offer it praise. When he goes inside, don’t punish him. He does not know better, and shouting at him will only make things worse. Once your dog drinks or eats, take him out 15 minutes after finishing. Also, be sure to take him outside after he has exited his crate.
Training sessions should be kept short. In fact, 15 minutes is an optimal limit to have on each session to reduce frustration on your part and your dog’s. After training, praise the dog for a job well done.
Both dogs and owners are happier once a dog is well-trained. Once you start incorporating the tips you’ve seen here, you will both be headed for happier times.