Having a dog is a lot of fun and you will soon find yourself loving your dog. That said, they have to be cared for daily. This new puppy has to be trained! The the tips and tricks mentioned in this article and you will be well on your way towards owning a well trained dog.
It is essential to have the correct timing for your training sessions. Begin with a short session training and increase the time daily. When the animal appears to lose interest, you will know which duration produces the best results per session.
It is important to have a consistent training method when crate training young puppies. When he comes out of the crate, you must immediately allow him to relieve himself in an appropriate place. As you continue this training, your pet will begin to wait until he gets to the appropriate location to relieve himself.
If you plan to incorporate a crate in training your dog, choose one that corresponds to the size of your dog. Don't forget, your puppy will grow. Be sure to select a crate that allows your dog to have ample room as it grows. At full size your dog should be able to move around without feeling too constricted.
If you need to approach a dog that you are not familiar with, approach it slowly and allow it to sniff your hand. Dogs need to familiarize themselves with the smell before they can trust you. The dog will no longer be afraid after he is able to recongnize the scent and may begin to follow commands.
Don't overdo your training sessions, keep them brief and interesting for best results. Dog attention spans only go so far, so make sure not to go on too long. Try limiting training sessions to 10 minutes or less.
Never allow your training sessions to run on for too long. Dogs' attentions are very short. Maintaining short training sessions ensures that your dog can remain focused on the task at hand. If you want to train more, make sure to include play breaks for your dog.
Use the same hand signal or voice command to get your dog's attention. Say your dog's name, followed by the command. Secure the dog's attention and then state what you wish him to do. Dogs know their name and will be attentive when you speak it.
When your pet hears you speak the word 'no', your dog must understand that a response is not expected. Positive reinforcement is the best method for dog training. Using the word "no" will not help your dog learn that a behavior is unacceptable. All dogs are different and will respond to different training.
Make sure you're aware of any other dogs in the area when walking your dog. Some dogs may be aggressive regardless of how responsible the owner is. Take care to avoid coming into contact with any animal that appears overly aggressive or antisocial.
Make sure you're praising your dog so that you enforce positive behavior. Smile, get excited and provide them with treats to help them relate proper behavior with positive reinforcement. Negative behavior should never be rewarded because then, your dog will associate this bad thing with a positive reward, which will cause your dog to only continue this bad thing.
One thing you should remember when you are training your pet is that you should not give in to bad things your dog does. If you do, he'll think he's the boss. For example, don't attempt to stop unwanted barking by giving your dog a treat.
Is your pooch eating a well-balanced diet? Like children, dogs can become hyperactive, inattentive and even a little bit bratty when their diet isn't up to par. Your dog will have better and more consistent energy if you are feeding him a species-appropriate diet. Ask your vet before changing your pet's diet.
Teach dogs a "down" command. This command is useful to build upon, or on its own in emergency situations. Dogs trained in the "down" command will get to the ground within a moment of the command in tense situations, making this command a great safety tool.
Consistency is one of the most important requirements for effective puppy training. Write down a list of all the commands you use, and inform anyone who commands the dog to use the words on the list. It is also recommended that everyone use the same positive reinforcements for good behavior and negative response when the dog is disobedient. Different training methods will only confuse your dog and delay training.
Use high-value treats when training for the best results. It can even be an extra special treat you would not usually give your dog such as real bacon, hotdogs or even cheese.
If specific things trigger bad behavior in your pup, distract him while you are passing the temptation. Alternatively stated, when your pet dislikes the company of other animals, try to distract him or her whenever you encounter them out in the neighborhood. This can help reinforce good behavior.
When considering the possibility of hiring a professional to work with your dog, look into their background, reputation and conduct an in depth interview with them. Also it is important to find out is their chosen methods for animal training. You may not be comfortable with some techniques and you can request that they not be used with your dog.
Certain dogs fear thunderstorms so much that they can harm themselves. Ask the veterinarian for advice if they have extreme fear towards thunderstorms. Your veterinarian may recommend and prescribe a mild sedative to give to your dog before a storm rolls in. You should only medicate a dog that cannot be helped through behavior modification alone; however, when used properly, medication can dramatically improve your pet's quality of life.
After reading this article, you are ready to start training your dog. Always try to keep a level head and don't forget to demonstrate appreciation and support for your dear dog when he performs admirably. Some of the advice may be a challenge, but it will be worth it.