If Spot is acting up and not listening to a word you say, he needs dog training. It can be incredibly frustrating to deal with a disobedient dog, and it can be difficult to know how to stop your canine’s bad behavior. This article will answer a lot of the questions you have about dog training.
There are different tricks you can try when you are crate training your dog. To entice a hesitant puppy into the crate, give it the incentive of a toy or bone inside, with the door shut. Your dog will want to get into the crate in order to eat the treat. When your dog goes inside, give him plenty of praise, and let him know he is doing a good job.
Teaching a dog to know its name is the first dog training task a new dog owner should undertake. The name is used in calling the dog and just in getting its attention. Therefore it is more appropriate to choose a short and easily enunciated name than a longer and more confusing one.
Throughout your dog’s training program, continue to play with them as much as possible. Interacting through games and activities is one way to bond with your pet and relieve stress. Dogs respond much better to people they trust, so go out and throw a ball, play tug of war or just rub their belly.
When working on teaching your dog a command, keep training sessions short. It is much better to train your dog for 5 minutes, 3 times a day, than all in one 15 minute session. This will keep your dog focused. Before your dog gets bored, end the session. This will keep him interested and wanting more.
Setup a solid plan for what you want to accomplish with your dog training. If you have goals marked on your calendar it can give you a way to measure your progress with the dog training, and offer you hints about whether or not you would need to change anything in your routine.
One of the very first commands you should teach a new puppy is the “leave it” command, which tells them to drop an item and step back from it. This will help prevent them from chewing on your furniture or other items, as well as prevent them from having dangerous items in their mouths.
Only work on one command at a time. Focusing on one command allows your dog to really hone that skill and get it right. By trying to learn too much at once, you risk confusing your dog, and they may have more difficulty remembering which behavior goes with which command.
When your dog does not do what you want, tell him “No!” then redirect him. Be patient and calm. Your dog wants to please you, but sometimes dogs just don’t understand what is expected of them. Never hit or yell at your dog. If you yell and hit, your dog will just think you are out of control. You want your dog to trust you and respect you as the pack leader, so stay calm and consistent.
Now that you know what you need to do to get Spot under control, you will enjoy spending time with him that much more. Take him to the neighborhood park or let him tag along on your daily walk, and enjoy a well-behaved dog that actually listens to your commands.