Good for you! Now what do you do? If you train your dog properly, you will develop a relationship based on love and respect from your dog. The following tips will tell you the inside scoop on how to get your pup trained properly.
Throughout your dog’s training program, continue to play with them as much as possible. Interacting through games and activities is one way to bond with your pet and relieve stress. Dogs respond much better to people they trust, so go out and throw a ball, play tug of war or just rub their belly.
Your dog may not learn a command right away. You might have to keep repeating something to a dog as much as fifty times for it to ‘click’. Continue trying the same command and be patient, your dog will get it.
Teach your dog all of the newest training methods to keep him in line. Often, owners get the feeling that they do not need to continue working with the dog once it is trained. Some dogs will revert back to negative behaviors if the training does not continue. It’s important to be consistent with the rules for your dog.
If your dog barks and growls at strangers in your home, do this: leash your dog, make him sit, wait until his attention is on you, and hand the leash, in full view of the dog, to your guest. Then wait until the dog is calm again, with the guest giving commands as needed. This teaches the dog that your guest ranks above him in “the pack” and he must accept them. When the dog starts to react again, repeat the exercise.
When you take your puppy out to go to the bathroom, you must be patient with him. He has a short attention span and may get distracted by sounds and smells, or want to play. This is normal puppy behavior and should not be reprimanded, especially while he is still learning.
Associate hand gestures with individual commands to help your dog remember what to do. While the command words themselves can be enough of a clue to tell the dog what to do – using a visual cue – provides a way for the dog to remember more easily how to perform.
Allowing your new dog gradual access to all areas of your home will greatly aid you in training and will spare damage to couches, shoes and floors. As your dog learns not to do things like jump, scratch, and chew, open more doors to him. Many make the mistake of allowing full reign of all rooms, which really just offers the dog more opportunity to do the wrong thing.
Try using a different voice for each different purpose. Your commands, praise, and scoldings should have different tones so that your dog can distinguish between them. Commands should be firm yet sharp, whereas corrections require a louder tone. Natural voicing is good for praise and reinforcement.
Training your dog is essential to develop a good relationship. With this article, you have learned some tips and tricks you can use when it comes time to train your beloved dog.