All dogs need to be trained so that they can learn what proper behavior is and they can learn what improper behavior is as well. The following article will give you some helpful information on dog training.
It's important to avoid inadvertently encouraging inappropriate behavior if you want your dog to learn. Do not pay attention to your dog or pet it if he does something you are not happy about. If you wish to keep your dog from begging for table scraps, don't encourage him by slipping him a morsel one night or allowing others to do so.
If you want your dog to follow the rules, keep training it, it needs to be refreshed! Too many owners tend to be under the impression that once they have trained their dog, that's the end of it. Pets, just like humans, need to be reminded of the rules now and then. So, it's very important that you review your training with your dog regularly.
Never allow your training sessions to run on for too long. Dogs don't have long attention spans so make sure that your training sessions are kept short. If you wish to do more training, give your dog a play break to stretch their legs and relax before resuming their training.
“No” shouldn't be a huge part of training. Instead, use positive reinforcement to encourage positive behaviors and gloss past the results that are not what you want. Just simply telling your dog ‘no' doesn't help him or her in understanding how to properly react. Not all dogs are the same, and their training needs will vary.
Positive reinforcement is the best way to train a dog. Use positive language to reward the dog, as well as petting and small treats on occasion. Don't ever hit your dog or yell at them! This teaches your dog nothing and will just show him that you do not know how to train him. Instead, show your dog what you expect and reward his obedience.
To prevent your dog from barking, try to desensitize them to the cause of their barking. This can be things like sounds, smells, or proximity to other creatures. The key is teaching them that their triggers are nothing to fear.
Accidents will sometimes happen when you are house training a puppy. Always immediately clean-up any messes your dog makes. Carpets are known to trap the smell of urine and encourage the dog to return to that spot for further marking. There are many products on the market that can help with this, so check with your local pet shop.
Are you providing your dog with high quality, nutritional food? Dogs are like children in the sense that bad diets lead to them acting bratty and hyperactive. Your dog will have better and more consistent energy if you are feeding him a species-appropriate diet. Ask the vet about additional nutritional requirements the dog may have.
Without proper training, dogs can be destructive in the home. Apply the advice contained in this article to train your dog correctly.