The loveable dog you brought home from the pound seems to be more troublesome than you could have imagined. Fortunately for you, it only takes a little fundamental training to shape up your dog's behavior in the near future.
Crate training your new puppy is most effective when you take small steps. As soon as they start to feel comfortable in the crate when the door is open, try closing the gate and have them eat inside. Begin by leaving the dog in the crate for about ten seconds, then increase that time by small increments. If the puppy gets too upset then you increased the time too much, too fast.
Make sure your dog is up and active often. Boredom often befalls an inactive dog, or he may find himself in a “mutt rut” with a dull and listless routine. Dogs that are bored are not easy to train. When your dog gets regular exercise, he will be much happier and will pay attention more easily. Make long walks or daily runs a part of your routine that you and your dog can look forward to.
Treats are necessary when teaching a dog fancy tricks like rolling over. The first step is to get the dog to lay down. Afterward, bring the treat above the dogs head and follow over to their other side. His nose will follow the treat, naturally making him roll over. When he rolls over, you should say “roll over,” and repeat the process until the command is all he needs to do so. Have patience since your dog may not get the trick quickly. However, once he does, he'll be the center of attention at the dog park.
When you are training your dog, be mindful of the time spent in one session. You will bore your dog if your spend a lot of time on just one thing. Ten minutes is about the length of time a dog can handle.
Use positive reinforcement when you are training your dog. Give your dog positive reinforcement if they do a good job. Don't yell and/or hit your dog. It only abuses the dog and causes him to be even more disobedient. Stay positive and your dog will pick up your training in no time.
Avoid accidents when toilet training your puppy. You need to know what they act like if they have to use the bathroom. Pacing, whining and snuffling are common. Do not wait more than a couple of minutes. Grab his leash and bring him to the spot where he uses the bathroom. Praise them for going to the bathroom properly. Over time, he is going to learn to try to get outside to go.
Keep your dog's leash loose when training him. This gives your dog the option to explore and walk around freely. Since they will be so eager, they may try to pull too hard, straining the leash. Great dog owners don't allow this behavior. Instead, they encourage their dogs to walk with some slack in their leash.
Many dog owners are quite surprised at how quickly they can achieve good results with even a basic canine training routine. If your dog is exhibiting signs of bad behavior, use some of these training tips.