Stop Having Trouble Training Your Dog
Having a dog as a pet can be a very rewarding experience, but when a dog is untrained, it can quickly become a stressful one. Any dog can be trained with a bit of patience and the correct methods to teach your dog to follow at least a few basic commands, can make both you and your pet happier and safer. This article can help you and your dog to get started working together to accomplish some basic training.
When giving commands to your dog, never come down to their level. Maintaining eye contact and a fully erect, dominant stance imparts control to the dog. Your dog will be receptive to commands given from this posture much easier than a crouching owner who is seen as an equal or playmate.
Food and treats can be your ally in training your dog to seek out his crate. Allow your dog to find strategically placed bits of food and a few treats every once in awhile when he returns to his crate. He will make it a habit of checking the crate out more regularly just in case something else has miraculously appeared there.
Exercise is an important element of training a dog. A dog that does not have enough exercise will have greater amounts of energy. This energy can come out as chewing on things, playing with people, running around the house, or other unwanted activities. Exercise will help one have a manageable dog to work with.
When your puppy is 7 to 12 weeks old this is known as the “fear-imprint period’. If your puppy experiences trauma at this time, he may have the fear associated with this trauma for the rest of his life. Because of this, your puppy’s early weeks should include human contact, and contact with other animals. It should also be a positive experience for him, with little punishing, if any at all.
One tip to keep in mind when training your dog is to stop your dog during the behavior you want to change. This is important to ensure that your dog knows when to stop a certain action and what to replace it with. An example would be to never allow it to jump on anyone, and always discipline and correct the dog mid-action.
To properly train a dog, you must be consistent at all times. Never allow your dog to partake in such activities as pulling you on walks or jumping all over people. Don’t ever give into your pet’s really cute face. In doing so, your dog will become confused and not know what is right or wrong in that particular situation and will do what he/she wants.
With the tips you have learned from this article, you can begin training your pet. With some patience on your part, your pet can learn the basic commands to make both of you much happier and your ownership less stressful. The effort spent in the training, will result in years of happy partnership with you and your dog.