When you brought home your dog you were expecting Lassie, but sometimes it feels like you brought Cujo home instead. There is good news – you can train your dog so they are better behaved in a short time.
There are few effective ways to approach the matter of crate training your puppy or dog. If they shy away from the crate, try placing a chew bone and shutting its gate when they are not inside. Temptation wins with this exercise; your dog will be eager to enter the crate when a treat is waiting for him. When they go inside to get the bone, give them lots of positive reinforcement.
Dogs have the uncanny ability to have single-minded focus when something catches their attention. If you keep up with his training, your dog will look to you more often for direction rather than looking to the environment.
When training your dog, try to avoid reinforcing negative behavior. Thus, you must not reward the dog if it does something you are working to stop. For instance, don’t pat your dog on the head if it’s jumping up on you.
You can train a pooch to roll over fairly quickly if you have some treats to hand out. First, make sure the dog is in a laying position. Next, hold a treat near the floor on one side of his head, slowly bring the treat up and over the dogs head to the other side. This will cause your dog to use their nose to follow the treat. As a result, your dog will roll over. Whenever you dog does roll over, actually say the words, “roll over.” Continue to do this until your dog actually rolls over whenever you say the words without using the treat. Do not get mad if it takes several tries. Once they learn this particular trick, they will be popular at the dog park!
Choose one phrase to use every time you want your dog to do his business. Every time you take him outside, tell him “go potty,” (use whatever phrase you have chosen) and this will help him learn to focus and remember what he has gone outside to do.
Be careful not to spend too much time at once training your dog. Devoting strict amounts of time to any particular aspect of training will have your dog feeling distracted and bored. Only spend 10 minutes during the first couple of sessions.
Start prepping your puppy for training by rewarding his good choices. Dogs find it much harder to break existing bad habits than to learn new, positive ones. If your goal is to keep the dog from begging for table scraps, it is advisable to never give him any table scraps to begin with.
Keep your dog’s leash loose when training him. Dogs want to explore new territories while going out for a walk. Excited pups tend to place some strain on the limitations of the leash. Be sure to train your dog to walk on a slack leash right along with you.
You need to work on the recall of your dog. He should always come when called. Foster this behavior gradually to help the dog learn that it must obey no matter what. You might just save your canine’s life some day because of recall, so never skip or pass on training this, regardless of what it takes to get it done.
When dogs are anxious or bored, they often engage in inappropriate chewing. Dogs like to den up. Giving him a crate to lie in and a toy to chew on will make your dog feel secure and keep him occupied.
Many canine behaviors are instinctual, so provide appropriate outlets for each of your dog’s needs. Dogs need to eat well, a spacious run, and lots of toys and interesting things to occupy their time.
Is your dog a leash puller? This problem is a very common one for dog owners. Thankfully, resolving it is very simple. Purchase a harness, which can reduce the pull on your dog.
Each time that you use your dog’s name as a warning or a reprimand, try to use it three to five other times in a positive way. Your dog will obey a call to its name and come when you call only if the name is associated with good things.
You will be amazed at the results once you start applying these tips. Try some of the tips above if you feel a strain on the relationship between you and your dog.