Every Christmas so many Americans buy puppies for loved ones. This year when you give the puppy, also slip in this article to help out. There are many effective ways to train a dog, and we will be discussing some of the most common to the most unique tricks we have learned.
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.
To help potty train puppies, consider using a crate. Crate training may sound unpleasant, but it’s actually one of the most natural ways to train puppies. A crate is considered their home or den, and puppies have an instinct not to soil in this space. Just be sure to limit the time spent in the crate, so your pup can spend time with you too.
When crating your dog it is best to always remove their collar. Even the best designed dog crates offer the possibility of a collar becoming snagged. The result could be catastrophic. By removing your dog’s collar before you crate them you are acting to protect them from being strangled to death.
Don’t get discouraged when training your dog. You may start to feel as though you will be carrying around messy treats in your pocket for the rest of your life. This is not the case. As your dog learns a new behavior, he will look to rewards less often for that behavior.
If you want to house train your dog and teach it to ask to go outside, you should associate a command with going outside. Stand with your dog close to the door, say the command and take it outside. As you repeat this, your dog will go to the door when you say the command if it needs to go.
Try not to repeat commands. It is human nature to repeat a word or in this case, command when we’re frustrated. However, repeating yourself around your dog will get you nowhere. Every time a command is repeated, your dog learns that listening to you is optional. Be firm with commands and be stubborn by waiting him out.
During the dog training process, it is a good idea to use various treats as rewards for your dog’s good behavior. Training treats should not become confused with everyday treats, since training treats are meant to encourage obedience in your dog.
Research how to show your dog leadership in a way that a dog understands. Dogs are not humans, and do not think as humans do. Not knowing the proper way to teach leadership to a dog, allows him to assume he is your leader. If you confuse the dog, it may stress him and cause him to act out in negative ways such as barking incessantly, biting, or tearing up your property.
Now you see how much you need to put into training a dog. While they are extremely fun to have around the house, they are a lot of work, especially at the beginning. It will be worth it, and you will find you have a new best friend that will love you unconditionally.