Many dogs are dropped off at an animal shelter by owners perturbed by their pet's behavior; however, with proper training this situation can be avoided. A well trained dog can become a happy, healthy, and well adjusted member of the family. It need not be difficult to transform your dog into a dog that meets that description; all you have to do is follow some simple steps and put in a bit of time.
Make sure that your dog stays awake and active. Dogs can get bored quite easily. Bored dogs are harder to train. If your dog is fit and content, he will be much more likely to heed your instructions. Go for a long walk with your dog.
Unless you offer a distraction or stimulus, your dog will probably focus exclusively on a single thing. With frequent practice, your dog will begin to focus on you and the signals you are giving him instead of other distractions.
Pay attention to the length of your dog training sessions. Dogs can quickly lose focus when you prolong activities. Early on, your training sessions should be limited to less than 10 minutes.
If your dog wants to jump you should squeeze their paws when they do so, they will know that they shouldn't do that. Do something that makes them uncomfortable so that they can associate their action with something negative. Eventually, they'll quit jumping on other people because they'll start associating jumping with this pinching.
When training a dog, be sure you get their attention the same way. For example, state your dog's name before giving a command. This will get his attention, and then you can tell him what to do. Dogs often respond to their name immediately and know you intend for them to pay attention.
Teach your dog that no response is required when you say ‘no'. Instead, use positive reinforcement to encourage positive behaviors and gloss past the results that are not what you want. It takes more than a single syllable to elicit the desired response from your dog. Every situation and dog is different and their training should be tailored accordingly.
Teaching a puppy their name is one of the first steps to undertake and creates a lasting bond. In the first days, frequently use your dog's name, and reward him for responding when you call. These are the commands your dog should learn before anything else. Be sure to spend lots of quality time with your puppy, so that he will learn to know and trust you. When you set this trust early on, the puppy will be more open to the next steps in training.
Hopefully, reading the information above is more than enough to make it clear that a rewarding dog-owner relationship is easy to achieve. Training your pet, offering him plenty of love and attention, and being mindful of your dog's needs are key. Follow the steps written here and your dog can become a big part in your family.