Canine training can begin as soon as your puppy comes home. Young puppies, especially, are bursting with energy and have a seemingly endless supply of enthusiasm. They are curious and eager to learn. The most important aspect of training tips for dogs is to remember that dogs are happy to please. Praise and reward for appropriate behavior. Avoid punishment for inappropriate behavior.
You won’t have a trained dog overnight. Quick, short training sessions are the order of the day. Training sessions don’t have to be 10 minutes long. Your dog will be able to focus for longer periods of time with adequate mental stimulation.
Whether you train your dog yourself or hire someone else to train your dog, it’s important to be consistent in your methods and to raise your voice when necessary. If you are not consistent, your dog will be confused and frustrated.
I personally have owned dogs that have been crate trained. The best thing that I have found is that you build the relationship with your dog so that he actually wants to be in his crate.
When I have a new puppy that is not quite familiar with the family that I belong to, I try to keep the crate as a little closed place so that he knows that this is his safe place. Sometimes I will put a toy or a dog treat in the crate so that the dog feels at home.
Dogs are comfortable with a definite spot for potty. This should be away from the food or water dishes, and should be easily accessible to the puppy from the beginning.
The potty should be something that he will find is consistent and expect upon waking up from a lengthy nap or attempting to hold it until your arrival. Until your dog has been properly trained, he will not understand why you cannot make him go potty right away.
Establish a word or phrase to use for eliminating, such as ‘go potty’, and repeat this phrase every single time you suspect your dog needs to go potty. He will come to associate this phrase with doing his job, and will eventually go on cue.
You won’t have to say anything at all to encourage him to do the eliminate. It is important for every dog to have a consistent word or phrase to cue for eliminating. When he comes to associate the phrase with doing potty, and expecting a reward, it will become natural to him.
Training with treats – Giving your dog a treat is one of the ways to help with training. However, always make sure you give your dog a treat for the correct response, not merely when they do something you like. Don’t send the dog mixed messages by giving them a treat for doing something you don’t like.
Also, make sure you know the right size treat for your particular dog. If giving them too much could lead to obesity and other health related issues.
Consistency is also important. Make sure you have the same sort of treats – same time, same place. This will help you to train them that they are being rewarded for responding to a certain request.
As your dog continues to get better at responding to your requests you should continue to reward him. This will help him learn what he needs to do to earn a reward from you. For example, if your dog sits when he is asked to, reward him with a treat and tell him how good he is.
It is strongly recommended that you do not rush when you are trying to train your dog to do something new. A simple thank-you and a pat on the head is sufficient. It’s far better to just reward him than to try to push him into something he isn’t ready for and make him frustrated.
Dog training is an ongoing process, even for dogs that have mastered everything a dog can be taught. New lessons are being learned every day. Dogs are constantly learning, gaining knowledge, and growing in skills. It’s important to keep this going. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself spinning your wheels.
The sooner you start training your dog, the better off for you and your dog. From puppyhood through his adult life, the training you provide will ensure his character, behavior, and socialization.