Many dogs are sentenced to a life in a shelter when things get too stressful at home. This is avoidable in most cases. Having an obedient dog can be an excellent addition to your family. It's not difficult to train your dog once you know how. Use the tips below to get started.
A puppy should have chew toys to get him through the teething pains. Keep other things out of his reach. Replace the tasty item you do not want chewed with a designated chew toy. A wet frozen washcloth is great for a puppy, who has teething pain, to chew on.
Keep in mind that you'll have to do a lot of repetition in order to each your dog new commands. It isn't unusual to have to repeat a trick dozens of times before the dog understands. Keep trying, your dog will pick it up.
If you house train your puppy, keep in mind that everything that goes in is eventually coming back out. Make sure that you feed your dog at least three times per day with good food. This ensures your dog won't have accidents as you'll know when to expect a trip outside.
When giving a command to your dog, you should always use the exact same kind of voice and the same volume. They will know this tone of your voice and associate it with being in trouble. You should also work on developing different tones to use in different situations. For example, you can have a sharp one for disciplinary purposes, and a firm, but not-as-sharp one for simple commands.
Be patient when training a dog. This will cause you not to be frustrated and angry with your dog during this process. Understand that your dog actually wants to please you, however he/she can be confused with what it is you want them to do.
If your dog is jumping on you, grab his paws with your hands and gently squeeze them to deter his behavior. It is uncomfortable to them when you squeeze gently, and they learn not to repeat the behavior. They will stop doing this behavior since it will be associated with a negative feeling.
Make sure training has an element of fun incorporated into it. Playful interaction strengthens the bond between you, and will have your dog striving even harder to please you during training. Training is fun for the dog, but you should set aside some real “play time” as well.
When training a doggy, use primary reinforcement. This utilizes something the dog loves as a means to reward positive behaviors. Some of the most effective rewards include dog bones, treats and affectionate scratching or petting. This teaches your dog something that they desire.
As you can now see, it's not impossible to teach your dog how to behave. Making sure to train your dog, show it lots of love and care, and remember that his or her happiness is important. Use the tips above to turn your dog into a member of the family.