You thought you were bringing home Lassie from the pound, but some days it feels more like you might have brought home Cujo! The good news is that, with just a bit of basic training, your dog can become better behaved within just a short amount of time.
When you correct your dog verbally, try making those corrections short and straight to the point. Avoid going on a rant about the dog’s “badness”. Simply tell them no an instead steer them towards what you’d like them to do. Let your dog know that if you raise your voice they need to pay attention.
Make sure your dog stays calm as you enter a space that he is in. Playtime is great but sometimes it is just not appropriate. When you enter the room, ignore excessive agitation on your dog’s part. By ignoring the behavior, you will extinguish it.
Keep your dog well exercised and active. Dogs can easily get bored. Not to mention that a bored dog is going to be more stubborn during training. A happy and well-exercised dog is an easily trained dog. Lead your dog on the path to fitness by walking or jogging every day.
You should not tie up multiple dogs where they can reach each other, no matter how friendly they are. If there chains become entangled with one another it could lead to an injury. If one dog is larger than the other, it could accidentally tangle the cord around the smaller dog’s neck, causing it to become unable to breath, and possibly die.
You need a commanding control if you are starting to train your dog. You must establish your dominance first and foremost, or your dog is unlikely to obey. Don’t let your dog control the direction or pace of your walks.
Keep treats on hand to reward your pet for doing good. First, have the dog lay down. Then, put a treat close to the floor near the side of the dog’s head, and gradually raise it over its head to the opposite side. He’ll follow your hand and roll over completely. As he rolls over say out loud, “roll over.” Repeat this until he rolls over with the command alone. Do not let a lack of early success frustrate you. This takes repetition to nail down, but once you do, you will have the star dog on the block.
Do not ever use a shock collar to train your dog. These devices are expensive and do not always work as well as you would expect them to. In addition, shock collars and related devices can actually irritate your dog and eradicate current good behaviors. In short, using techniques like this could have negative effects.
Always be patient when you train your dog. This reduces frustration and annoyance when puppy training. Your pet wants you to be happy, but he or she cannot always understand the human language.
In order to prevent your dog from jumping on you, grab its paws anytime he jumps on you and gently squeeze them to inform them that this isn’t acceptable behavior. It is uncomfortable but a non-painful experience for the dog. They will stop doing this behavior since it will be associated with a negative feeling.
Maintain your dog’s training throughout its lifetime. A dog does not stop learning after puppyhood. By continually reinforcing obedient behaviors and disciplining negative behaviors, you will have a dog that behaves appropriately.
You can keep a dog from barking by teaching it an order that means they should be silent. For instance, whenever your dog is barking, hold a treat in front of them and continue to repeat “be quiet” until they quit barking. Then, you can give your pet the treat. If you do this long enough, it will surely be able to associate having treats to it being quiet.
Every time you interact with your dog, you’re molding its behavior. Keep this in mind, because negative behaviors toward the dog might have a lasting impact. Mold your dog into the pet you want by constantly working towards the behavior you desire.
Big dogs will need a large bed or sleeping area. You can find an extra large bed for large dogs at any pet store. An interesting alternative could be a crib mattress. Simply utilize fitted crib sheets to cover it. They can be removed and washed very easily. Just so you know, these mattresses are typically waterproof.
When teaching a dog to fetch, make sure to establish your role as the leader by having him/her bring the ball directly to you each time. If your dog places the ball someplace else and you make the effort to pick it up, you are showing that your dog is in fact the leader. Your dog will understand what is required if you consistently insist that it brings the ball back to you every time.
During inappropriate chewing training, set your dog up for success. Remember to keep you dog away from anything that is considered dangerous to chew. Dogs can choke or suffer perforated intestines from swallowing toys, hairbrushes, stockings and other inappropriate items.
You will be amazed at the results once you start applying these tips. So if you are looking to change any of your dog’s wayward ways, try some of our tips for quick success!