Train That Pup In No Time Flat
One extremely annoying, but very natural, dog trait is incessant barking. This not only can be a disruption for you, but also will prove to be a nuisance for your neighbors. This article will go in depth regarding why your dog barks, and what are the best ways to prevent unwanted barking.
A great tip for properly training your dog is to never let your dog follow through on bad behavior. If you see your dog doing something bad, you should interrupt it as soon as you possibly can. By doing this, you will reduce the chance of your dog repeating the action.
One tip to keep in mind when training your dog is to never play tug-of-war style games with it. This only enforces aggressive behavior – something that you rarely wish to bring out in your dog. This can involve anything from pulling on a bone in your dog’s mouth to playing with a toy. You also run the risk of injuring your dog with excessive force.
To keep your dog safe as you enter and exit the home, teach him to wait at doorways, and not move through a door until you give him a cue. Start by standing next to the door, saying the word “wait”, and then slowly open the door. If your dog tries to rush forward, immediately close the door again. Remind him to “wait” and then try to open the door again. Keep repeating this until your dog learns that the only way you will open the door is if he waits without rushing.
If you’re tired of the commands your dog already knows, try spicing up an old behavior. A fun trick is teaching your dog to give either paw when asked. You can teach this a few ways, but try picking up the corresponding paw to your hand and treating and praising. When your dog gets the idea, treat and praise for successful raising of the right paw!
Only ask your dog to do something if you know you can follow through with the command. If you tell your dog to sit and he does not do it, you must impose a consequence. If you don’t, your pet will begin to view your instructions as something they can choose to do.
A tip for small dog owners: make treats small to ensure your dog doesn’t become full during training sessions. Believe it or not, a dog will work just as hard for a treat the size of a pin-head as he will for a treat the size of your thumbnail. This way, training sessions can last longer and be more interesting.
If your dog has a hard time learning from your training, figure out what changes may help. If the room is not quite enough your dog may be distracted. Long training sessions may exceed your dog’s attention span. Sessions that are too short do not give your dog enough time to absorb training well.
In conclusion, nobody wants to hear your dog bark. There are many different reasons why your dog barks, and it is important to understand the root cause. As long as you follow the tips and tricks in this article, you should be able to reduce or eliminate unwanted barking from your dog.