Dog training is a universal skill that people who wish to raise a dog or dogs, as part of the family, need to acquire. Some dogs learn quickly and others are slow. There are a number of ways to train your dog, or dogs, and the following will help you along your path to gaining the skills you need.
Puppies tend to nip as a way of communicating, and this should be curbed. It is normally a signal that they want to play. If you observe a puppy with his litter mates, this is the way that they interact with each other. When your puppy nips you, say ‘no’ firmly, and immediately give him a toy to play with.
When you are working on commands with your dog, work only on one command at a time, and only say the command one time. Do not say the command word more than once. Your goal is for your dog to obey the command immediately. You don’t want to have to say the same thing over and over.
Make sure to give your dog a good hour of exercise each and every day. If they are well-exercised, then you will have more efficient training. An exercised dog leads to having a responsive and happy dog.
Start training your dog early. Many people believe that very young puppies are too young to learn. The reality is that even puppies as young as six weeks old are able to begin the basics of training, and starting early ensures that your puppy will have a strong foundation for more advanced training later.
Train your dog in a positive manner. Praise the dog with petting, upbeat words and the occasional treat when he does something right. Never shout towards your dog, nor ever hit or physically strike him. These are inneffective punishments and will only cause fear. Instead, show your dog what you expect and reward his obedience.
When your dog does not do what you want, tell him “No!” then redirect him. Be patient and calm. Your dog wants to please you, but sometimes dogs just don’t understand what is expected of them. Never hit or yell at your dog. If you yell and hit, your dog will just think you are out of control. You want your dog to trust you and respect you as the pack leader, so stay calm and consistent.
Keep your dog challenged regularly. Give him a quiz where he has to perform all of his tricks, even if you know for a fact he does.
If possible, begin training your dog when they are young. A skill that is taught early on is often learned faster and easier than a skill that is introduced at a later age. In addition, older dogs have often picked up quite a few negative behaviors over the course of their life; these behaviors must be undone before the training process can begin.
Conclusively, using suggestions from this article will prove to be a successful part in your goal to train your dog or dogs. When you are exposed to different ideas and can try out different techniques using trial and error, you will find what works for you, during the training of your furry family member.
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