Dog training is one of the best investments you will make in your dog's life. If you can instill obedience and loyalty in your dog as a puppy, you will have a family friend for life. By reading this article, you will begin to understand exactly why training your dog is so essential.
When you want to have success at dog training, understanding what your dog is motivated by is half the battle. You are learning about your dog, what he likes, what works and what does not. Irregardless of the intent of your training, include variety and make it enjoyable for him by rewarding him frequently with affectionate praise. You will find it much easier to train your dog if he is happy.
It takes small steps to crate train your puppy; they must become accustomed to it. When they are comfy with the open door, try closing it and feeding them treats via the wires. Leave them in for short periods of time, as little as 10 seconds. Work up from there. If the dog shows signs of distress, you may be progressing too quickly.
If you catch your puppy chewing on something that he shouldn't be, stop him as soon as you catch him. When your puppy knows what he is allowed to chew on, he is less likely to chew on your belongings when left to his own devices.
Do not neglect to make a visit to the vet for a spay or neuter around the six month mark. You need to do this at the same time you start obedience classes. A newly neutered or spayed dog is more obedient. Your dog will be healthier, more content with his home life and may even live longer.
When training a dog it is important to teach him good habits from the start. You and he will find it much easier to learn how do the right thing than unlearn the wrong. Don't feed your dog scraps if you don't want want him begging at the table.
Anxiety causes destructive chewing. Crate training your dog and giving him items to play with while you're gone should help keep both your home and dog safe.
Dog training is big on making rules for the relationship just like you would with people, you will have such a better time with each other once the rules are in place. Do not let your dog forget what has been learned. Make your dog stay sharp on what he has learned, and pay attention to stop relapses in your dog's behavior. After you have laid the groundwork with your dog, the sky is the limit.
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