Dog Training 101

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Patience is a universal skill you need to learn if you´re wanting to raise a dog or dogs, as part of your family. Some dogs learn quickly and others less so. There are a number of ways you can train your dog – the following tips will help put you on the path to gaining the skills you need.

Tip #1: Use your pets name whenever you want to get his attention. Try to do this at least ten times a day, and never call your pet to you by name in order to punish him. This will help you gain better control over your pet, and begin building the foundation for a strong relationship.

Tip #2:  Play with your dog often. In order to train your dog efficiently, it´s important to develop and nurture a bond between the two of you. Make sure you take time out of your day to play with your dog. It will be fun and stress-reducing for both of you.

Tip #3: Dogs quickly learn whether or not you really expect them to respond to your commands every time,  or if they can get away with not obeying them on occasion. That´s why it´s so important to avoid sending false messages! Don’t give your dog a command unless you are prepared to follow through and make sure he obeys it.

Tips #4: Make sure to everyone in the family involved in the training. If you are the only one in the family working with on your dog´s behavior, then the other members of your family may be giving him mixed signals.

Consistency is extremely important in dog training. Make sure everyone is using the same keywords and rewards so that you are all reinforcing the desired behavior correctly. “Off” and “down” are two different things to a dog, so make sure you aren’t confusing him.

Tip #5: Dog training sessions should occur at the same time each day, if possible. Dogs, much like children, thrive on a set schedule. This pattern will promote a learning environment in which your dog is eager to learn at the given time. Sporadic training causes confusion within your pet and can prolong the training.

Tip #6: Throwing out your dog’s food bowl can assist you with your training program. Studies have shown that animals respond well to working for their meals. Incorporate food as a reward in your training and also, use it for entertainment purposes. You can do this by putting the food in a toy or a puzzle.

Tip #7: Teach your dog how to properly walk on a leash. Think of the leash as a safety requirement.

Tip #8:  When you get a new puppy, the best way to train it is to remove the temptation to behave badly in the first place. For example, if you have a puppy that is inclined to chew on shoes, store all of the shoes in the house so your dog can´t get to them. This way, the behavior doesn’t have to be trained out of your dog later.

Reading up on different ideas and techniques can be very helpful. However, the only way to find out what works best for you and your dog, it to actually put them into practice. Implementing these tips can lead to greater success when training your dog.