Congratulations on being a new dog owner. What will the next step be? Investing the time in proper training will help you and your dog forge a much better relationship. The following article will spell out some tips to help you train your beloved pooch.
Make sure to let your pet know a crate is their home initially. When meal time comes, place the food bowl in the crate and keep the door open while the dog eats. This will create a good association between the crate and their food.
If you want to teach your pet to use a crate, first try these simple tricks. To entice a hesitant puppy into the crate, give it the incentive of a toy or bone inside, with the door shut. Your dog will get excited at the prospect of the treat and soon be eager to enter the crate. After they enter the crate, be sure to give them love and attention to let them know they did something to please you.
Establish a calm environment when you enter a room that your dog is in. Playtime is great but sometimes it is just not appropriate. Try to ignore your dog when your first enter the room because this will help to keep them calm and reinforce that you are in control.
Do not tie a dog up near another dog, or dogs. They could tangle the chains in such a way so that one or both of the dogs are stuck or injured. If dogs get tangled up too severely, one can get wrapped up so badly it could close off the airway, and he could die.
When training your dog, try to avoid reinforcing negative behavior. This means that you should never reward your dog, with treats or attention, for doing something you're trying to train it out of. If they jump on you, don't pet them, for example.
Approach any unfamiliar dog with care. Walk slowly toward him and allow the dog to sniff your hand before trying to pet the dog. That is the first step in getting the dog accustomed to your smell and building trust between you. As the dog begins to trust you, he will more likely follow your commands.
If your dog leaps on you, hold his paws and squeeze them a little so he will know this is not acceptable. It is uncomfortable but a non-painful experience for the dog. This will help them to stop this action immediately.
Well-trained dogs make happy dogs, and owners are usually pretty happy as well. This article has hopefully laid a foundation for success as you start training your pet.