Basic How-To’s for Training Your Dog
Effective dog training needs both time and a positive attitude. Besides, this is how you build a relationship with your beloved pet. Because you have no means of communicating verbally, you have to rely on all non-verbal techniques available so your dog can get what you want them to learn.
Along the process, take a while to consider the following tips:
1. Love your pet generously.
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Give your pet lots of attention when he does what you want him to. Tell him you love how he’s been a good boy. This is when giving an extra dose of attention and praise makes a difference. It’s even fine to go just a little over the edge.
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2. Give treats your pet actually likes.
Even if the label says “All dogs love it,” that doesn’t mean your dog really will. Most of them prefer soft and chewy instead of hard and crunchy. Keep your eyes open for what you pet likes to eat.
3. Be very clear on what exactly you’d want him to do.
There’s nothing wrong at all with telling your dog “no,” but if you don’t give him enough information, that’s when the problem begins. You don’t just tell your dog “no” – tell him what is tha t you want or expect him to do. Dogs aren’t very good with generalizing and you have to understand that. Provide an alternative. If he jumps up on a guest, tell him to sit. This will avoid confusion.
4. Be steadfast.
In training a dog, all members of the family should be involved so that everyone is on the same page. If you say “off the couch” and your sibling says “stay,” your dog will not know what to do. He won’t be trained. Consistency is always key.
5. Be realistic.
If you want to change existing behavior, you have to give it time. It’s important that you are realistic in terms of your expectations about how you want your dog’s behavior to change, as well as how long that will take. But surely, behaviors that are thought to be “normal” for dogs, like barking, digging into mud or jumping, will take a lot longer.
6. Give him reasonable freedom.
One error a lot of pet owners make is giving their new pup too much freedom too soon. This can easily cause accidents related to housetraining and damaging chewing. So, keep the dog away from unoccupied rooms and other parts of the house you don’t want him in, using baby gates if necessary.
7. Know the difference between a bribe and a reward.
Lastly, your interactions with your are learning opportunities for him; when you think about it, you may not use food that often, except during your training sessions. So why does your dog stay around? Because he gets touch, praise, walks and games as rewards. Remember, behavior should bring the treat, never otherwise.