All dogs share a similar way of thinking. Before you begin training any dog, it's important that you understand this mind-frame and learn to mold your training around that aspect. This article will shed some light on how dogs think for anyone who is a little clueless in this arena.
If you have a large-breed dog, he needs a big bed on which to stretch out. Large, rectangular beds are readily available, or you can purchase a crib mattress. This is a great alternative because you can easily put a variety of covers on it and wash them regularly. Even better -- mattresses made for cribs are also waterproof.
Continuously maintain all training that you have done with your dog, and consider adding new behaviors as you go. Many times, owners feel that since their animals have gone through dog training, they can just forget about it. You can encourage your dog to adopt good habits. This is why you must make sure that you have a rule system that is strict for your dog.
You should always check credentials before hiring anyone to help you understand your animal's behavior better. Opinions and techniques can vary from animal specialist to animal specialist. Make sure that the trainer you hire has a mentality similar to yours when it comes to working with pets.
Your dog should enjoy training. Aim for a 10-15 minute training session, which is optimal for the dog's attention span. Give out different kinds of rewards. Make sure you shower praise on your dog when they do well. If your dog perceives training as fun, he will listen to you more!
Using a clicker can help them behave better. The clicker works when you make an association between positive events and the clicker being used. You should click, and then immediately treat. This method will be necessary until your dog learns that the "reward" is the clicking sound alone. After a short amount of time your dog will understand that when they hear the clicker, they are doing the right thing, and you can use this tool for shaping the behavior of your pet.
Try a phrase that you will stick with to train your puppy when you are house breaking him or her. By using a dedicated expression to handle training commands, you can make it easier for your pet to focus and make connections. Although it sounds silly to repeat something like "poopie time!" over and over, the consistency will help your dog make the right link between being taken outside and relieving himself.
Your puppy may need obedience classes so that it can listen to you. The instructor can give you ideas about how to handle problems like not listening, and excessive barking.
Do not give up when you are trying to train your dog. Without reinforcement, your dog will revert to his old behaviors. Training your dog should be as consistent as feeding or taking him or her outside.
You need to understand the way your dog thinks and reacts before you can really comprehend why they are doing certain things. If you know these things, you can get your dog trained in a way that is the best for them. Now that one knows a little more about their dog they can give him better training.
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