Training your dog is just like training your kids, it’s all about trying to find a way to communicate with your pet in the language they understand. Using words and phrases, hand signals and clickers are all you need to start taking the steps you need to train your dog to behave.
Dog training helps you to have a stronger bond with your puppy by improving the knowledge and relationship with him. Using foods as rewards and lots of praise for his good behavior, this will be part of your dog obedience training. The ultimate goal will be for your dog to obey your commands even though without food and you will have a much happier animal companion.
It is important that you get to know your dog before you start training. This goes for all members of the family and friends. Everyone should know the steps that you are taking to train your dog otherwise it is likely that your pet will not know who he should follow and obey the command from.
Repetition is the key to your dog training success. This is to make sure that you are able to get the required “message” across to your dog. Try to think of a really helpful secret command and repeat this until your dog responds. The moment he responds to your instruction, you should praise him and give him his reward immediately. This will encourage him to associate this action with reward.
Don’t make the training sessions too long. The usual rule of thumb is to train your puppy for 10 minutes at a time, three times a day. This can be difficult if you don’t have a lot of time in your schedule. Any training session longer than 10 minutes won’t get anywhere.
Don’t lose your temper. This is one of the most common mistakes that people make when training their dog. People get frustrated when their dog jumps up on them or barks at them or simply won’t listen.
You don’t have to lose temper. In fact, losing temper will make your training fruitless. The key to keep your dog from jumping up or barking is to show him that this action isn’t right to do. You can use a command such as ‘off’ to mean ‘not now.’ You can teach him the meaning of the word by repeating it a number of times.
Be dominant. Dogs have a pack mentality and they will look for a leader if they don’t sense any leadership being shown. This is their natural tendency. They expect a leader to show firmness and be the alpha figure. Good training will show your dog that you are the alpha figure and show him that he can only be a member of the group.
Don’t let your dog get away with something after he’s done it. Once your dog knows that he can get away with a particular behavior like jumping on you, he will be more likely to continue the behavior. This is a learned behavior that is almost impossible to break. Dogs learn through repetition.
Be patient. Training takes time and you need to be patient if you’re learning to train your puppy. If you’re not patient, you won’t be any more successful.
There are plenty of different ways to get your dog to stop barking and jumping up on other people. You should repeat the above tests to see what works.
The moment you get a positive reaction from your dog, you can then move on to the next stage of the training. Repeat the process of praising your dog when he is not jumping up and when he has calmed down and stops barking, praise them for being such a good dog.
The first trip outside – When you take your puppy out on his first trip outside, you’ll want to keep him on his leash. Take him to the door and say “come” or “let’s go out”.
As soon as he comes to you, reward him with praise and a treat and walk with him outside. Every hour or so, take him to the door. Give him the “walk” command and then let him go outside.
When you take your puppy outside, make sure you go with them. This is especially important in the first 2 weeks when your puppy’s transition into your home. You want to establish a routine that will make it easier and more enjoyable for your puppy.
You should never be scared to ask your dog to be trained or to find an expert dog trainer to help you. There is plenty of information on the internet and you shouldn’t hesitate to ask your vet or your dog’s breeder for advice. Hopefully these tips will help you to train your puppy to behave in the way that you want.
Dog training is not particularly difficult. The old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” might be a little outdated. With a little patience and the right information, you’ll be able to train your dog to be a happy and healthy dog that leaves you smiling.