In America, dogs are man's second-best friend, after cats. During infancy and in the early months of their lives, dogs tend to exhibit a personality filled with mischief, often leading to unintentionally destructive behavior. Read on for some ideas on training your dog.
Playing tug-of-war with your puppy when you are working on training him is a bad idea. In addition to tug-of-war, games that involve wresting something away from your puppy or chasing each other in any respect, can entice the animal to bite or nip at your hands. The worst thing you could do would be to send your puppy the message that this behavior is okay, so it is best to wait until they become fully trained before engaging in this type of game.
Do not let your own mood influence how you treat your dog. If your dog has been good, do not treat him badly!
It is important you use a crate to properly train your dog. For crate training to be effective, you must make sure to let the dog out frequently. A dog trained in a create will have less accidents with time.
Keep tempting items out of reach while you are teaching your dog to stop chewing and chomping on everything he can sink his teeth into. Remember to keep you dog away from anything that is considered dangerous to chew. Items commonly found in a household can serve as elements of danger to the unsuspecting dog who is merely satisfying an urge to chew.
Positively encourage your dog without using treats. You will find that treats do work. Unless you are in a training class, however, you are not likely to carry dog treats on you 24 hours a day. Another method of positive reinforcement is giving praise and attention through patting and hugging, and can replace the use of a treat.
To have success in dog training, you need to be able to control it with commands. Your dog must see you as a leader, or they will not follow your commands. Avoid allowing your dog to lead you during walks. Instead, walk in front of your dog to show that you are the leader of this pack.
If you in the crate training phase of your training program, you can use a few techniques to speed it up. A dog is naturally hesitant about a crate at first. A way to get them interested is to put their favorite toy in the crate, then shut the door. They will see and smell the bone and will want you to let them in there to get it. If they do go into the crate, offer up praise and a treat.
Now that the people who are interested in training their new pet dog have, hopefully, learned some new tricks, they can proceed to pass them along to their pets. Once a dog is on its way to learning, the owner will begin to appreciate the dedication that he or she has shown for doing the right thing for man's best friend.
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