Trying To Train Your Dog? Follow These Handy Tips!
Puppy chewing can be a problem, but it is only a problem if you do not give your dog an alternative. There are many ways to prevent your furry friend from chewing up the things that matter to you. This article will advise you on alternative methods to help curb your puppy’s chewing.
Repetition is one of the most important aspects of training any pet. Simply showing your dog how to behave one time only is ineffective. Reinforcing ideas is essential, and your dog will eventually be much more responsive.
To help train your dog, you must assert yourself as the dominant one in your relationship by refusing to give the dog undeserved attention or food. When you convince your dog you run the show and, in addition, let the dog recognize you can use that power to give it something it wants, your dog will obey your commands more effectively.
For urban dog owners, it is especially important that you acclimate your dog to loud noises. If your dog is not used to sudden noises or other spontaneous events, he will have a hard time dealing with the hustle, bustle and heavy construction of the big city. Do your dog a favor and spend the extra time desensitizing him.
Just as reinforcement of good behavior when training a dog should be immediate, so too should punishment for bad behavior be immediate. Saying “no” in a harsh voice tells the dog he has acted inappropriately but he only connects the message with the targeted behavior if that message is delivered immediately after that act.
It may be difficult, but you should always exercise patience around your dog. Your dog does not understand English, nor is he a person. He will only pick up on your physical gestures and your tone without knowing why you’re acting such a way. Keep your cool, and take breaks if you find yourself too frustrated to continue a training session.
Don’t get discouraged. It may seem like it is taking forever to train your dog, but the truth is that you simply get tired out more quickly than your dog does. Even when it’s hard, make sure that you keep trying. Stick with it, and you’ll start to see results.
Be consistent at all times when training your dog. Dogs need repetition when it comes to learning and remembering rules and rituals. If you are consistent one day, but not the next day, it confuses your dog. Dogs understand consistent black and white training, not various shades of gray.
Start training your puppy as soon as possible. When you bring your new puppy home, it’s never too soon to start training. The first thing you should do is take him outside and let him know where he should use the bathroom. Do this after every meal. Try to keep potty training pretty short to begin with – no longer than 5 minutes at a time.
As was discussed in the beginning of this article, puppy chewing is a problem only if you do not give him something else to focus on. Apply the advice from this article on the proper way to train your puppy not to chew up your home, and soon you will see your dog finding non-destructive ways to occupy his or her time.