Many negative behaviors and habits can be removed from a dog. While canine training will not make your pet perfect, it will go a long way in making him more obedient and a better pet. With a good training program, any dog can be a trouble-free companion.
Use firm control to elicit desirable behaviors from your pet. Whenever your dog does something right, it’s important that they remain calm. You may feel great about it, but you don’t want to make the pup feel over-excited. Stay calm and bestow rewards calmly too.
When trying to train your dog, avoid accidentally reinforcing negative behaviors. Don’t ever reward a dog that is behaving badly. For example, do not pet your dog gently when they leap on you if you want them to stop the behavior.
Remember to enjoy the time spent with your dog during training. If you do so, your dog will feel closer to you, and even respond to training better. In addition to your daily training sessions, take time out for simple play. Make this uncomplicated and fun for your dog.
Your dog should learn he doesn’t need to respond when you say ‘no’. You must find positive methods to reinforce your commands when training a dog. Telling them “no” does not help them know how to react to you. Not only is each situation different, every breed of dog is also different. Therefore, you should adjust your training based off your dog’s breed and the specific situation at hand.
To ensure your dog’s good behavior, keep up its training throughout its life. Your dog doesn’t stop learning just because it’s no longer a puppy. If you always train your dog they will stay obedient and you will not encourage any new bad habits.
You have to be consistent with your dog’s training. If more than one member of your family is training your dog, be sure all people use the same commands, rewards and discipline. When everyone has the same command in use, the dog will pick it up quickly.
While you are in the process of housebreaking your puppy, expect the occasional accident to occur. If your puppy has an accident, clean it up straight away. If the mess stays on the area for too long, it can leave a scent behind that your animal may return to in the future to do his business. Many pet stores or big box stores sell products that help to eliminate the odors from pet accidents.
Puppy training intimidates many owners; but, it is actually very easy. By having the right frame of mind and following the right steps, anyone can train their pet. A good training regimen will bring out the best in any dog.