Great Advice On Training Your Dog

Training your dog can be a delightful, rewarding experience for both of you. Training doesn’t need to be time-intensive, particularly if you’re addressing issues in small steps and creating manageable goals. This article will outline several small but savvy techniques that can turn small problems into big success for you and your dog.

dog harnesses for small dogsExercise is an important part of any dog’s training program. Animals that are cooped and restless up are more likely to act out and have difficulty following instructions. Taking your dog out for a daily walk or bringing them to a local dog part will help them to be successful.

Puppies tend to nip as a way of communicating, and this should be curbed. It is normally a signal that they want to play. This is the way that they interact with each other if you observe a puppy with his litter mates. When your puppy nips you, say ‘no’ firmly, and immediately give him a toy to play with.

It is important to take a leadership role while training your dog. This does not mean that you need to try and force your animal to bend to your will. Acting as a teacher and showing him what you want him to do by rewarding his actions will help your dog succeed.

When giving commands to your dog, never come down to their level. Maintaining eye contact and a fully erect, dominant stance imparts control to the dog. Your dog will be receptive to commands given from this posture much easier than a crouching owner who is seen as an equal or playmate.

While training your dog, observe his body language and general behavior closely. Look for signs of enthusiasm. Is his tail wagging? Does he follow you around? This shows he’s ready to learn. If you see your dog is scared, bored or nervous, stop what you are doing and reevaluate.

Be sure to have some treats, even though training your dog to start rolling over is easy. The first step is a simple “lay” command. Then, hold the treat over your dog’s head and swipe it above and around his head, causing him to roll over. He should then roll over while following the treat. Whenever your dog does actually roll over, say “roll over” out loud. Repeating this over time forms a mental association in your dog’s mind that eventually causes him to roll over on command. It will probably take multiple attempts, but you will be the talk of the town when the trick is learned.

Stimulate your dog every day to help prevent nuisance behaviors, such as barking. A bored dog is more likely to bark continuously in an effort to gain attention. If you get your dog out for regular walks and exercise, you may find that this behavior stops. You will have a happier dog, and be a happier owner.

Many puppies like to use their mouths to play because that is how they played with their litter mates. This should be discouraged as soon as possible after your puppy comes home. I assure you, it isn’t as cute when a fifty pound dog does it, although it may be cute when a seven pound puppy pulls on your arm or shirt sleeve.

A good dog training tip is to not spoil your dog by giving them dinner scraps all the time. The more you spoil your dog, the more you enable bad behavior such as begging. Instead, make treats part of a reward system. When your dog has been good, give them a treat as a reward.

When dog training, be sure that your dog’s leash has some slack in it. When dogs go on walks, they frequently want to explore all the new sights and sounds. Because they are so eager, they often pull on the leash. Rather than allowing this behavior to continue, a looser leash walk should be encouraged by the person in control of the animal.

One tip to keep in mind when training your dog, is to always reward good behavior, and discipline bad behavior. This is important because your dog needs this stiff structure. Otherwise, it may get confused. Your dog can not comprehend many human emotions and needs a strictly on/off type of response from you.

Never punish your dog, or discipline him, after the fact. Punishing him now won’t help if you find that he urinated on the carpet earlier in the day. Dogs cannot reason and have very short term memories, so they will not associate the earlier accident with the punishment at hand.

Your dog needs attention but you need to show him affection or play in a way that trains him to see you as the leader. It may be because he assumes he is your leader, when a dog tries to get you to pet him constantly or asks you to throw a ball for hours. Ignoring his requests for constant attention, and ignoring the ball until you are ready, helps him to understand who is in charge.

A good dog training tip is to not spoil your dog by giving them dinner scraps all the time. The more you spoil your dog, the more you enable bad behavior such as begging. Instead, make treats part of a reward system. When your dog has been good, give them a treat as a reward.

To teach your dog not to chew inappropriately, be sure to provide him with plenty of appropriate things to chew. Make sure they are dog harness toys, not cast off human belongings. Whenever your dog begins to chew inappropriately, redirect him by giving him one of his own toys and take away the inappropriate item.

Dogs who are afraid of thunderstorms or have some other specific phobia can be calmed with kava-kava. This is a natural, herbal supplement that has a calming effect and acts as a muscle relaxer. Consult your vet about the amount of kava-kava that is safe for your dog. Generally speaking, a large dog can take a single 325 mg capsule.

To ensure a well-trained four-legged friend from the start, make sure you practice consistency in all you do once you bring your new canine companion home. This means discussing all aspects of the dog’s care, needs and training with all members of your household. A dog that is getting yelled at by one family member for urinating in the house while another family member just quietly cleans up the mess serves only to confuse and frustrate the puppy. If all members of the family treat the dog uniformly, whether admonishing it or showering it with praise, the dog will learn more quickly, and all family members will have the ability to successfully command the dog with ease.

Regardless of your dog’s age, or his previous behavior problems, the advice above really can help. Patience is an essential virtue in the training process. Your dog and you will both be happier.

Author: Marlene Rico

I'm Marlene (28) from Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. I'm learning Chinese literature at a local university and I'm just about to graduate. I have a part time job in a backery.