A lot of people want to train their dogs but they think it’s too difficult. Proper dog training can seem quite difficult. You need to do some research on dog training methods to make sure you are taking the right approach to training your puppy. The following article will help you develop successful strategies.
Dog owners can find great value in being affectionate toward their pets. Positive reinforcement has been proven to work better in a training situation than negativity. Dogs are social beings and love praise. Your efforts will go a long way toward improving future training sessions as well.
You must enforce any command you give when training your dog. Giving a command that you are not confident in or not willing to follow through with diminishes your role as leader. Do not ask, beg or scream. Give firm commands in a dominant tone and expect the dog to give the appropriate behavior. Your dog will see you as a true leader when you follow through.
Your dog’s behavior during walks should become habit through consistency. Teach your dog to focus on you and your physical clues about their behavior. Teaching them to walk with you should come naturally to them if you are leading and demanding the attention of your dog. If you are walking with purpose, it will be emulated by your pet.
You don’t want to make your training sessions go on for too long. In the beginning try not to go over fifteen minutes. Even for dogs who are accustomed to training, you don’t want to go over about twenty minutes for basic training. If you notice your dog starting to lose interest, stop the session for the day. If you try and push it. you’ll get to get irritated and things will go down hill. It’s better to quite while you’re ahead.
When you are training a dog, it is crucial that you never use physical punishment when the dog behaves badly or wrongly. Striking your dog won’t teach them to listen to you; it will only teach them to be afraid of you. It may even train them to become aggressive towards people.
Use food as a reward when training your dog. Many dogs will respond on a basic level to edibles. The reward of food will usually encourage them to continue on a food winning path. Vary the types of treats you get for your dog. Alternate fresh meat with packaged treats.
To have an obedient dog, you should establish yourself as a master right away. Do not let your dog bite you or jump on you. You have to punish or reward your dog constantly. Never let your dog get away with anything, or even worst, become hostile towards you.
For your dog to understand what you are punishing them for, you need to catch them misbehaving. If you reprimand a dog for something that happened hours ago, chances are your dog will not make the connection. And if you choose to ignore your dog to show that you are mad, do not ignore it for more than a few minutes.
When house training your new puppy you need to follow a strict schedule. Get your puppy outside to eliminate first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and every couple of hours in between. This will help him to learn that elimination happens outside. It also prevents pee scents (which are attractive to your dog) from being in the house to begin with.
When training a dog that is not housebroken it is important to limit the dogs time to roam around the house. By keeping the dog always by the owner it reduces the time it has to go to the bathroom in the house. The dog will not want to go by the owner and must hold it until let outside.
When potty training your new puppy, keep him on a strict feeding schedule. Offer food twice a day, at the same time each day, and take your puppy out to eliminate shortly after finishing the meal. Young puppies often need to use the bathroom quickly after a meal. Giving your dog the opportunity to go outside will get him on a schedule and help to prevent accidents.
Make sure your dog is used to being handled, including its mouth and feet. Dogs need their teeth brushed regularly, and once they are used to the routine it is much less of a struggle. It is also easier for the vet to examine them when needed. Toenails should be trimmed every month or so, and the process is less traumatic for dogs accustomed to having their feet handled.
Positive reinforcement is the proven key to success in dog training. Figure out what reward will motivate your pet and use it. Strong smelling meats and cheese are usually very popular. It is imperative to always have treats handy when training. However, it is equally important to watch the caloric intake.
Make sure your dog understands the difference between right and wrong. Doing this involves setting firm boundaries for acceptable behavior which all family members are willing to enforce. It can quickly undermine your efforts.
Your punishments should never be too strict. If your dog is overly excited, take a time out and let him cool his jets before continuing with your task. A time out goes a long way in helping a dog focus, especially if it’s taken in a quiet area away from whatever has distracted him.
Maintain consistency when dog training. Have a set list of commands that everyone in the household knows. Reward your dog for following commands. Do not reward your dog if he doesn’t obey. If the dog gets different responses from different people, he can get confused.
It is important to teach your puppy that it is never okay to put his teeth on you. Puppies interact with their litter mates by using their mouths, both to play and to express when they are upset and he will more than likely try to do this to you. You can gently push his face away and say ‘no’ to teach him that this is not acceptable behavior.
Hopefully with this knowledge, you will be more confident in training your dog. Use these tips and continue learning as you embark on your lifelong journey of discovery with your dog.