If you have never tried to train an animal, the idea may be rather intimidating. There is so much information available on training dogs that it's easy to become completely overloaded with no idea of where to begin. Below, you will find some suggestions on getting started with puppy training.
While training your puppy or dog to use a crate, introduce him to new concepts slowly and gradually, so he is able to adjust to the changes without feeling stressed. First, put them inside with the door still open. When they get used to that, close the gate and give them a treat they like. Begin with small intervals, and work your way up to longer times. If they become upset, you are moving too fast.
Include plenty of physical activity in your dog's training routine. Dogs can get bored quite easily. A dog without interest in what you're doing is more difficult to train. A dog that is happy, and gets the attention that they crave, will be a better behaved and attentive dog. It is a great idea to take your dog out on runs or walks through the neighborhood.
Dogs have a tendency to zone in on one particular thing until something else grabs their attention. Repetition and practice will result in your dog waiting to take cues from you rather than being distracted by other things.
It is a simple task to teach a dog how to roll over, just be sure to keep some dog treats handy! The first step is to get the dog to lay down. The next step is to hold a treat close to the floor by the dog's head then continue to move the treat over his head until you reach the other side. He should then roll over while following the treat. Each time he sways to one side, tell him to “roll over”. Keep doing this until the treat is no longer needed. Be patient if they don't get it right away; they'll get it soon enough!
Avoid accidents when potty training your dog. Pay attention to the cues your dog displays to indicate that he needs to be outside. Pacing back and forth and showing you more attention are types of triggers. If you see your dog exhibiting these behaviors, jump right up and grab the leash. Take your dog outside and escort him to his favorite spot. Praise them for going to the bathroom properly. With some time, your dog will be able to tell you when he needs to go outside.
Over-training your puppy will expose it to too much at once, rendering the training less effective. Your puppy has a very short attention span, so start out with short sessions, and try to keep things enjoyable for both you and your pup. If your training sessions stress your puppy, he will grow increasingly less attentive in future sessions.
Hopefully, you have learned something useful and new from this article. Apply these suggestions to train your dog in a healthy and happy way for the both of you.