A dog is very similar to a television remote that needs to be programmed to work with a TV. The animal and the device are fully capable of producing the desired results, yet something more is needed to take advantage of those functions. Dogs already have in them the innate intelligence to be trained, but a person needs to follow tips like these in order to bring the skills out.
The first thing that you must do is to command control over your dog. It is important for your dog to know that you are the one who is in control, so that he respects and obeys you. In practice, this means that you should walk ahead when walking your dog, for instance, rather than allowing him or her to take the lead.
Have verbal cues so that your pet will know exactly when they complete a command correctly. “yes” is a great bridge word between the dogs positive accomplishment and the reward they receive.
Refrain from using higher end training gadgets, such as shock collar devices. They often don’t function as well as advertised and are far more expensive than conventional training methods. Plus, using devices like shock collars can stifle your dog and discourage even good behavior. These tools often do more harm than good.
Mastering the “leave it” directive is an excellent starting point for your training sessions. This command instructs the dog to release an object and then retreat from it. This simple command will get them to stop chewing on household items or furniture, and can keep them away from dirty or potentially dangerous items outside the home.
It is very important to train your dog early enough to head off the development of bad behavior. It is easier to teach a dog good habits right from the start, rather than trying to break bad habits that have already been learned. Never feed your dog from the table, if you don’t want him to get the habit of begging for scraps.
It is vital that the dog’s leash remain loose when you are trying to train it to walk on a leash. Dogs want to explore new territories while going out for a walk. Their eagerness will cause the leash to be strained. Great dog owners don’t allow this behavior. Instead, they encourage their dogs to walk with some slack in their leash.
You should teach your dog how to lay down. This is an excellent foundation to begin your dog’s training, and it’s extremely useful in times of emergency. The “down” command is excellent to use when your dog is exhibiting aggressive behavior.
Your dog should enjoy training. Keep training to a short 10-15 minute session; much longer and your dog’s attention will wander. The reward system can be generous and filled with surprises. Your dog should enjoy lots of praise for a job well-done. If you make training sessions enjoyable for your dog, he is going derive pleasure from listening to you, as well.
You need to let your dog be a dog, so give him some time to burn off that energy. A good diet and plenty of exercise are crucial to keeping any dog healthy and happy.
Be certain you are giving the right signals when your dog exhibits unacceptable behavior. When your dog pees on the couch, for example, don’t laugh. This will seriously delay your training process and lead to quite a bit of frustration for you. Correcting the behavior and showing that you are displeased will help to make training much easier.
If you’re interested in your dog’s agility, it’s a great idea to pick a dog that’s suited for it. Some of the better dogs for agility training include Shetland sheepdogs, Labrador retrievers, border collies, and Australian shepherds; however, most breeds are able to participate in agility training successfully.
Try to be aware of your dogs signals to make training easier. Dogs will let you know when they have to go. Discovering the pattern can allow you to get the dog outside in a timely fashion, thus reinforcing desired behaviors. House training will be so much simpler if you can be sensitive to your dog’s needs.
Now that you have a few strategies for training your dog, it’s all about properly applying them. Your pet will like the time that is spent between you and them in the training sessions.