Congratulations on being a new dog owner. What is the next step? Good training will leave you and your pooch feeling happier. These suggestions will help you in your pet training efforts.
Consistency is key when working on crate training with a young dog. Shortly after you allow your puppy to exit the crate, he must be given the chance to relieve himself in the designated area. This will teach your dog that he can wait until he gets out of the crate to relieve himself.
If you are going to be training a pet, you should think about a word or noise that will tell your pet they did a good thing. The word “yes” can be the bridge between rewards and good behavior.
If you say ‘no’, your dog should understand that it does not need a response. Instead, use positive reinforcement to encourage positive behaviors and gloss past the results that are not what you want. Saying ‘no’ is not a good command, and the dog won’t know how to react. Every situation and dog is different and their training should be tailored accordingly.
To make sure your dog pays attention to you, you should use its name as often as possible. Use it constantly in the first few weeks that you have your dog: your puppy should associate this sound with paying attention to you. Put some thought into your dogs name, and choose one that isn’t too long and that isn’t too similar to other common words.
Don’t get frustrated by accidents during the potty training phase. Immediately clean up every accident for training purposes. Carpets are known to trap the smell of urine and encourage the dog to return to that spot for further marking. There are a wide variety of odor control products designed to address just this situation, so head to the pet shop and ask about them.
Leashes can be a new concept for puppies, so have them begin preparing for it by wearing a collar during playtime. Helping your dog feel comfortable with a collar on is critical because it helps ease the adjustment to a leash, and it also facilitates identification of the dog should he become lost.
It’s very important to never try to quickly stop a bad behavior by provide a reward. This teaches the dog that he is in control. For example, this occurs when you give a dog a treat every time it makes loud noises.
When you train your dog, remember to keep sessions short. Fifteen minutes is about the right time to work on a training task, spending much more time than this will frustrate your dog and set back progress. Always reward your dog with praise and attention after a training session.
You need to teach your dog what is right and what is wrong. This means everyone living in the house needs to enforce the boundaries you set. Any inconsistency by others in applying the rules you have trained your dog to follow will undo your hard work.
Patience can be hard, but it is necessary with puppy training. Your dog isn’t fluent in English after all. He will pick up physical gestures, and this is how he will learn from you. Remain calm and take several breaks if you’re getting frustrated often during the training session.
A well trained dog is a happy dog, and owners of well trained dogs are pretty happy too. By using this article, you will find you are able to have a happier, better behaved dog.