If you have been wondering how to get your dog to listen to you, this article will be able to help you. First of all, you have to be willing to invest time and effort in training your dog. When you train your dog, you need to pay attention to what he is doing and only give him positive reinforcement when he does something you approve of. If you are inconsistent with how you react to his behavior, he will not understand that you mean “business” when you reprimand him for barking or whatever.
You dog will certainly have a lot to learn when you adopt him, but he had a short attention span, especially while he is learning. The best way to teach him something is to let him know that you expect him to carry out a short task, for example, to sit, hold his bowel, or go outside to use the bathroom. Don’t put a lot of pressure on him, and make the training an enjoyable experience for both of you.
Getting your puppy acquainted with his home environment is also important. He should be exposed to his bed, his collar, and his dog toys. It’s also a good idea to get your puppy used to a leash. It’s most useful when you take him out for walks but it can also keep him from darting out of the door.
The next piece of advice is to be consistency in your training. I know it sounds cliché, but it really does go the rest of the way. If you want to train your dog, you must be consistent with how you react to his behavior. If you are always sending him punishments for bad behavior, he won’t learn because he will think that you’ll be disappointed no matter how he behaves. You must make a real effort to be consistent in “punish and reward” him, so that he will learn and do better.
Your dog will often respond to a treat or a loving pat on his head or back with more affection. In some cases, the response may be during a pleasurable activity such as eating or playing. Regardless of the cause, when your dog receives a reward, he becomes addicted and excited only to be petted or given a treat again. In time, your dog will learn to please you because he likes being petted and given affection.
Dogs learn at different rates just like human. Some learn quickly while others may take months to completely mastering what we are teaching them to do. So, while you may be completely mad because he was caught on his leash, you must not punish him too severely because this will make him scared of you. Instead, give him a few verbal punishments every time he gets out of line, but do not hit him. In fact, leash training your dog should be done the moment you bring him home from the shelter.
Always make sure your dog had something that he could chew on. Puppies love to chew and if they are given the opportunity, they will chew on almost anything they can get their teeth on. To prevent this, give him a toy to gnaw on that won’t dent or damage the furniture. The chewing will also help to train the puppy not to chew on things that are not meant to be chewed on such as sofa, bed and clothes.
If you can develop your puppy’s ability to recognize when it’s appropriate to chew on something and when he should stop, you will find house training your puppy much easier than if you continue to let them chew on everything in sight.
In case if you find your dog keeps barking, you have to realize that there is a reason for every action and sound that he makes. You have to determine the very reason why your precious dog is acting this way. Once you have got the clue, you will find that making your dog listening to you, a much easier task.
The acoustics of your home may be a reason for the barking to occur. Whenever possible, set your home on a single room with as little distractions as possible. Also, make your dog’s favorite place to rest or sleep to be right outside of your bedroom. And most importantly, go the extra step and make yourself and your children away from his sight if your dog starts barking non stop. By doing this, you will send a message that you are harmless and your dog has nothing to worry about.
Just like raising a child, you generally spend an hour or so trying to teach the child the meaning of good behavior, and an hour or so on the basics. Now think about what you are doing. You are spending an hour everyday, 2 times a day, trying to teach your dog to listen to you. A dog that has grown up with a strong owner is unlikely to ever act aggressively. On the contrary, a dog that senses his role as the leader will be anxious to take charge.