Good dog owners know that a good dog is one that is trained. Proper training includes behavioral and obedience instruction, as well as socialization, all of which enable your pooch to interact safely and appropriately with other people and animals. Here are some tips to help you train your dog or find a trainer.
When you are working on crate training with your new dog or puppy, always take steps to let them know it's their home. At meal times, try to place their food in the crate by leaving the door wide open while they're eating. They'll build a positive view of the crate this way.
Regulate your dog's feeding time if you want to regulate his “potty” times too. If you want your puppy to relieve himself with regularity, keep the diet regular too, like feeding him good food two or three times daily at consistent intervals. You can then schedule your walks at the right times to prevent unwanted accidents.
It's important to avoid inadvertently encouraging inappropriate behavior if you want your dog to learn. Don't give your dog any attention or treats when he is being bad. If they jump on you, don't pet them, for example.
Once your pet is able to progress through training sessions, you'll be able to loosen the reins somewhat. The right balance of training, obedience and freedom ensures your dog has an enjoyable life. Do not allow them freedom all at once, they might lose what they learned.
Approach an unfamiliar dog slowly, offering only the backside of your hand for his inspection. The dog will become familiar with your smell and recognize the scent in the future. Dogs that know your smell are less likely to fear you and more likely to obey commands.
Having a regular feeding schedule makes house training much easier by putting their elimination needs on a schedule as well. This makes it clear to your dog that he has to go outside and poop now, instead of stinking up your carpet. Using this schedule can teach your dog how to hold their piddle until the upcoming potty break.
“Leave It!” should be one of the first commands that a puppy learns. This command instructs them to release an object and walk away. “Leave it” can prevent furniture chewing, save valuable objects from being destroyed and save your dog from consuming dangerous and/or poisonous substances.
Hopefully, these guidelines will improve your relationship with your pet, and allow both of you to enjoy your time together. Proper training makes dog ownership more rewarding and less stressful. Whether you train your dog yourself, or hire a professional, the fact that your dog is being trained is of the utmost importance.