I have seen many dog training tips and advice used to train dogs and I do not think any of them are wrong. However, I do believe there is one way that is generally associated with teaching your dog to behave. I refer to this method as the “maybe” method. Hopefully you will agree with me, at least in this approach, and you will be the first to give this method a try.
The “maybe” method, in essence, is this: see things from the dog’s point of view. What is causing the behaviors you want to change. Many dog owners grasp the concept and apply it to their dog’s behavior, and in essence, it extends beyond dog training.
Dog trainers use the term “training a dog out of fear” to describe the process of teaching a dog to overcome a fear of something. In other words, if a dog has exhibited a fear of cars, the owner would use the “training a dog out of fear” technique to make the dog cease its fear of cars.
Clicker training is yet another commonly used tool to train dog. It refers to a strategy that is based on the sound of the clicker being pressed and followed by a reward. Sounds that are associated with positive behavior such as “Good dog” or “Good boy” are used. It is widely believed that clicker training is less stressful for dogs and is therefore more successful than traditional training methods.
Clicker training does not cause the dog any pain. The dog only learns to perform a certain behavior because it is expecting a reward and a pleasant (not painful) experience. There is no special trainer or tricks to learn. Clicker training is simple, and it’s the method of choice for most high-quality, inexpensive dog training.
Spend some time training your dog using a clicker. Before long you will see beneficial responses from your dog, and not just responses where your dog gets upset. Clicker training is very easy to learn and it sticks with you.
Obedience Training: Teaching your dog to sit and stay and to walk on a leash are great tricks to teach your dog and it will encourage him to focus and respond during training. Your dog will benefit from knowing these tricks and will be easier to control in public and will decrease the chance of a fight with other dogs. Most dogs are willing to learn these tricks, and you should be equipped with these training knowledge.
Playing Games: Dogs can be stimulated with games that make them think and keep them busy for a while. Games like chase and fetch are a great way to play with your dog as he will not only get a little exercise but also develop the necessary bond between you and him.
Be consistent: Your dog will get confused if you let him do something today and yell “NO” to him tomorrow for the same action. You need to decide what is right and what is wrong, then stick to it. Consistency plays a vital role in your dog training success.
Giving treats: Only give your dog treats one at a time when he is doing what you are expecting him to perform. You want to teach him that he will get a treat when he behave himself. You should not give him a treat and then ignore him when he do not do what you want him to do.
When beginning to train your dog, be sure to find a quiet spot in your home where you can easily concentrate. During the training sessions, remember to reward your dog when he successfully follows your instruction. For example, if you are teaching your dog to “come,” reward him when he does so. If you find your dog refuses to heel or simply refuses to walk on a leash, you need to go back to basics.
Crate is also a good way to stop your dog from roaming around the house and “destroying” your furniture (till he is trained to behave himself). This is especially relevant to dogs that have a free run of the house in the first few months. If you bought a Labrador or German Shepherd puppy, it is more likely that you will need to take this into consideration. Once your dog is crate trained, he will feel ease to sleep in the crate when you are not at home.
Your dog is never too old to be trained. The sooner you begin, and the more you practice with your dog, the more they will begin to understand and obey. Training your dog can be both fun and rewarding experience for both of you.
Before you begin your dog training journey, do yourself a favor and do some research on the topic of dog training. Taking the time to understand different training philosophies and beliefs will help you better understand your dog.