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Dog Training Is Easy With This Advice

June 17, 2019

That puppy is so cute and our little child will just love it for her birthday. Have you, or someone you know, ever said that and then you get home with the little fuzz ball and all the accoutrements and wonder what in the world now? Why, training of course. This article can give you a few tips for getting started.

Do not train your dog through fear of physical punishment. Teaching your dog to respect your commands and dominance will create a healthy and stable pet. Dogs learn to respect the pack leader in the wild by being dominated, not attacked. Physical punishment can lead to an irrational and often violent pet.

Do not reinforce any negative behaviors accidentally. This means don’t give your dog treats or attention for something he should not be doing. You should not pet your dog when it jumps on you or acknowledge its barking.

Start training your dog as early in its life as possible, but not younger than about seven weeks.

This helps build an early bond between you as the owner and trainer and the dog. However, starting too early will simply overstress the dog; a very young puppy won’t learn anything from training sessions.

When you take your puppy out to go to the bathroom, you must be patient with him. He has a short attention span and may get distracted by sounds and smells, or want to play. This is normal puppy behavior and should not be reprimanded, especially while he is still learning.

Take a class on training or study books and websites regarding the topic before starting to train your dog. It seems easy to train a dog but a lot of things that make sense to us won’t make sense to a dog. Learning the proper way to train and studying how to run a good training session will be beneficial for you both during this process.

Give your dog love every time you see him. This is especially important if you are upset with his behavior. If you punish him you can actually do the opposite of what you intend to do. He may become less likely to respond to your training. Be nice, even if he just did something that makes you made.

Physical punishment does not work, and can hinder training. Never ever hit your dog, especially when training. While it may appear to work because the dog stops the behavior, in reality they have only learned to fear you and not do that behavior in your presence. So toss out that rolled up newspaper and break out some tasty treats instead.

Learn to read how your dog is feeling. By studying your pet’s body language, you’ll be able to guess whether it is feeling nervous, agitated, aggressive, or calm. If you can predict when a dog is about to behave badly, you can remove it from a bad situation before a problem develops.

When training a troublesome dog there are many different techniques that one can use. However a key factor is establishing that one is dominant over the dog they are trying to train. By ensuring that the dog knows who is in charge it will guarantee that the dog is listening to the person trying to train it.

Calling your dog by name is one of the most powerful tools you have in your dog training arsenal. Every time you use your dog’s name, you reinforce a positive relationship between yourself and your pet. The more you use your dog’s name, the more you reinforce a positive relationship between the two of you.

You can ensure that your dog stays up-to-date with what you’ve taught him by providing a challenge at regular intervals. Try giving them “quizzes” to see what they know, even if you know they will succeed.

If dog agility appeals to you, make sure to select a breed well-suited for that. Almost any dog can learn and participate in the sport, but some of the more competitive breeds are Australian shepherds, border collies, Labrador retrievers and Shetland sheepdogs.

If your dog gets anxious every time he sees you getting ready to leave the house, break up your routine a little bit. By changing your leaving routine a bit each day, you will be breaking the anxiety cycle that can trigger your dog to engage in destructive behaviors while you are gone. Leaving for varying amounts of time will also help break up the cycle. Leave for a few minutes one time and a little longer at other times. Eventually, your dog will get used to the idea that you may leave occasionally, and nothing bad will happen to him!

Research how to show your dog leadership in a way that a dog understands. Dogs are not humans, and do not think as humans do. Not knowing the proper way to teach leadership to a dog, allows him to assume he is your leader. If you confuse the dog, it may stress him and cause him to act out in negative ways such as barking incessantly, biting, or tearing up your property.

Use your pet’s name often to reinforce familiarity. It is important that your dog knows its name well, so that you can gain their attention at a moment’s notice. Reinforce their name as a positive experience using it when calling for food, treats, walks, or any activity your dog enjoys. Refrain from using their name when you are angry, or they could learn to fear it.

Your dog needs to exercise its brain too. For dogs that constantly chew, puzzle toys for canines can build their problem-solving skills and appeal to their nature. Take your dog’s skills into consideration when choosing a puzzle toy for him.

Well, you have made it through the first several months, or even year, that you brought home that fuzz ball. Through trials and tribulations, praise and happiness, you and Fido have finally come to the realization that you are each in your forever home and you both know how to behave.

Posted in Blogging by Clinton Rodriguez