You have made a wonderful decision! How do you move forward? If you train your dog, you will have a happier household. Read these tips to learn all the skills needed to train your dog.
Here are a few ways to make crate training more positive for your dog. If your puppy doesn't like being in his crate, put a dog treat or chew bone in it and close the door to keep him out. They can see and smell that bone, and they will want in the crate to have it. Praise your dog once he gets into the crate.
It is best to train your dog in a crate that is the right size. As your dog gets older, he will probably grow larger. You want a crate that will suit your dog right through to adulthood. Dogs need room to move about and lie down, and they should not be cramped.
Early on, always have a tasty treat on hand to immediately reward your dog for responding to a command. It is important for your pet to understand that you have certain expectations, what those expectations are, and that he will be rewarded for complying. This helps the dog understand what is right and what is wrong.
If you approach a dog you do not know, do so slowly. Let the dog sniff the back or top of your extended hand. This gives the dog an opportunity to learn your scent. As the dog begins to trust you, he will more likely follow your commands.
Your canine training needs to be consistent. If more than one family member is training your pet, make sure they all you the same commands, rewards and discipline. Use the same phrases and commands in every training session with your dog to avoid confusion.
To keep your dog from biting at furniture or people, or scratching at doors, spray him or her with a bottle of water. This will help your dog understand that certain behaviors will not be tolerated. Before long, your dog will no long display these behaviors.
Your training will mold and shape your dog, so take the responsibility seriously. This is a critical fact, since you may inadvertently cause your dog to regress by teasing or laughing at bad behavior. You will want to mold your dog by always working toward desired behavior.
Giving up is not an option when it comes to training your pet. If your dog doesn't get reinforcement for his current level of training, he's likely to slide back into how he acted before he was trained. Much like providing your pet with food, training is a continuous process that is never truly finished.
Both dogs and owners are happy when the dog is well-trained. With the information here, you are on your way to successfully training your dog.