Most people are drawn to dogs. Puppies, like most baby animals, have mischievous streaks. Read the following information to learn more about training your loyal pal.
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. Once your dog seems to have acclimated to the crate itself, close the gate and feeding him through it. Leave them in for short periods of time, as little as 10 seconds. Work up from there. If the dog becomes overwhelmed, it means that you are moving too quickly for them.
Control how much you reward your dog. When the dog correctly follows your commands, you can certainly give a reward. You may feel great about it, but you don't want to make the pup feel over-excited. Stay calm and expect the same from your puppy.
Dogs tend to concentrate on one thing to the exclusion of everything else unless that concentration is interrupted. When a command is reinforced properly and often enough, your dog will begin to shift his focus from the distractions around to you in order to wait for your signal.
It is best to train your pet without unintentionally affirming his undesirable behaviors and mistakes. Essentially, you must not give your dog something positive, like attention or a treat, when it behaves in a way you want to classify as negative. If they jump on you, don't pet them, for example.
Approach an unfamiliar dog slowly, offering only the backside of your hand for his inspection. This gives the dog a chance to become accustomed to your personal scent and shows him you mean no harm. After your dog gets your scent, it will no longer fear you and will follow commands better.
To house train your pup, get him on a set feeding and potty schedule every day. 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. This helps your puppy learn to “hold it” for a bit, until he knows it's time to go out and will help save you money on carpet cleaning.
You should not let the love of your pets get in the way of keeping a nice home. Maintaining a presentable home can be difficult if you own a dog that is rambunctious or destructive, but these things can easily be rectified with the proper training. Use these tips given in this article to ensure you and your dog have a long happy friendship.