Many dogs end up in shelters because they don't turn out the way their owners hoped they would, but this can often be avoided. A well-behaved dog will be an invaluable addition to your family. Turning your dog into such a dog does not have to be a difficult process, if you're willing to invest the time and follow a few simple steps.
It takes small steps to crate train your puppy; they must become accustomed to it. Eventually they will become comfortable with the crate and you can then try to shut the door to the crate. When they allow the door to shut you can give them a treat through the wiring. In the beginning it is important to only leave the dog in the crate for a few seconds. After a while you will be able to leave them in the crate for longer amounts of time. Freaking out your dog is a sign that you need to slow down.
Train your dog to remain calm when you walk into the room. Play time is great, but your dog needs to learn to stay calm as his master enters the room. When you enter the room, ignore excessive agitation on your dog's part. By ignoring the behavior, you will extinguish it.
Putting your dog on a regular schedule of feeding and walks will help to regulate his system, so he will be easier to house train. This gives both you and the dog a heads up as to when they need to go outside, and you can make sure that happens before they make a mess indoors. Being consistent will teach the dog to hold it until it is time to go outside.
In order to reduce your dark's barking, have your dog get used to the things that are causing them to bark. Whether your dog barks in response to other dogs, people, certain sounds or something else, it is important to habituate him to this circumstance. Eventually, your dog should see that barking is not necessary in this situation.
Keep training sessions with your puppy short. A puppy's attention span is short and their energy is limited, so your sessions should be short and positive. He'll likely forget everything you taught him if you do too much at once. He will also look at training as a negative experience and it will be harder next time.
As you can now see, it's not impossible to teach your dog how to behave. Train your pet often, but also shower him with affection, and you can meet his needs. Embracing the ideas presented here will lead to you owning a pet that you will always be proud of.