Your dogs behavior will vary from time to time. When that happens, it’s time to go back to working with him on those behavior basics. Consistency and persistence will continue to be the keys to successful behavior training for dogs.
That means you’ll need to be consistent in the commands you use, as well as in the actions you take. The more consistent you are, the more consistent he’ll be. You’ll also need to be persistent in the time you spend training him. All puppies require an adequate amount of time each day to teach them what you want them to learn.
Most puppies’ behavior problems are either by natural due to their characters or due to stressful situations. It is perfectly a good practice to reinforce a good behavior. When your puppy eliminates on the spot he’s been going to, give him a loud praise “Good Boy” and reward him with his favorite treat. You are showering him with attention and encouraging him to continue his good behavior.
If you ever catch your puppy in the act of eliminating somewhere other than the intended spot, you should not yell or hit him. Physical punishment will make your puppy’s lost trust and confidence in you. You’ll also confuse him. If you punish him a few seconds after he eliminates where he’s not expected to, he won’t know what he’s being punished for.
If you use a negative tone to deal with your dog, he may be suspicious of you and not follow the training process at all. There are some who would even be afraid of you. So, using a positive tone in order to train your dog is wise.
Conversely, if you praise him a few seconds after he eliminates where you want him to, he’ll recognize that he’s being rewarded for eliminating in the chosen spot and will try to continue this behavior to get more praise and rewards.
Again, just like a child, puppies get very confused and frustrated when you’re away for long periods of time. You puppy is naturally going to want to be with you, so find a place where you and the dog can be separated for several hours and still be able to play together.
Then take the dog outside to relieve himself. It’s a point to note here that you may want to crate your dog if you are unable to watch him all the time. Of course, when you let him out of the crate you take him outside immediately, but keeping him in the crate for a while may speed up the housetraining process.
New people, places and situations can trigger a lot of anxious or fearful behaviors in your dog drastically once he reaches his 5th or 6th month of age. You have probably seen the signs: hide, roam, pant, pace, whining, trembling, pacing, yawning, whimpering, barking, pulling tight leash, etc.
Depending on your dog’s personality and response to training, you may have to repeat positive reinforcement numerous times before your puppy understands the games so that you may reward their good behavior. Patience and time are the key.
Clickers (a mechanical device that is used as a marker for providing a positive reward to a dog for his good behavior or obeying a command) are considered a positive tool because they are used with a treat, which means that your dog is learning in a positive way that he should behave in order to get his favorite treat.
When you use a clicker to train your dog, it is advisable to keep the training session short, say fifteen minutes, as dogs tend to have short attention span. Frequent and short sessions is the way to go. In no time, you will have him trained to respond to a clicker.
Dogs love to be trained, but they also love to be themselves. Be flexible with how you and your dog play out these interactions and ignore anything that may be a hindrance.
It can be confusing, however, to know what approach produces the best results. Many question whether treats or positive reinforcement techniques work best. You have to decide which works best for your furry best friend.
Offering treats for good behavior is great, but not when the intended good behavior is not met. Use a positive approach by showering them with praise whenever your dog reacts positively to training. In time, you will notice a more attentive and friendly dog.
If you have good understanding on the right training techniques and are willing to invest time, the dog training session is certainly going to be a fun journey for both yourself and your pet.
Just remember that dog training takes time, patience, and a lot of effort. It’s essentially an art, although a lot of people don’t understand the basics and attempt to train their dogs which can end in frustration. It takes a lot of persistence to be successful.
If you are patient and diligent but lack the skills necessary to train your dog, you may end up just as frustrated as your puppy (and know that goes for both of you in the long run).