Training your dog is essential to its happiness. When you are consistent with your dog, he knows what to expect. Once your dog is trained, you'll feel more comfortable leaving him inside the house alone, having visitors over with him around and taking him with you out in public. It might take some effort, but teaching your dog tricks and manners is an important investment in everyone's happiness.
During inappropriate chewing training, set your dog up for success. In addition to correcting undesirable behavior, you will also be protecting your dog from harm. Common household items like nylons and hairbrushes pose a grave threat to your dog and can cause him to choke.
Everyone in your household needs to be on board for dog training to be effective. Even if there's one person who regularly oversees training, having the entire family involved will teach the dog that, he too, needs to consistently follow the household rules.
Clickers can be great behavioral training tools. To use a clicker, you will be creating a positive correlation between their positive acts with the sound the clicker makes. Start by clicking and immediately giving a reward, and repeat this several times a day for a few days. Over time, your dog will learn that the clicking noise means he is doing something correctly.
Harnesses are not as uncomfortable as a collar for the dog, but a harness offers less control for the owner, making training the dog more difficult. Keep your dog on his harness, but also use your cinching collar. Tug on his collar when it's absolutely necessary, and your dog will soon learn how to obey wearing the harness alone.
If you see your puppy chewing on something he should not be, you need to stop him immediately. 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.
Dogs are capable of knowing the right and the wrong things to do with proper and consistent training. You have to have consistent boundaries from everyone in contact with the animal. It can quickly make your efforts backfire!
Communication between you and your dog is key to successful dog training. You need to be consistent and be clear with what you expect from your dog. The signals you send to your dog include not only rewards and corrections but also your tone of voice and your body language. Also pay attention to the communication your dog is giving back to you as that will affect your training routine. By watching and understanding the way your dog communicates, you can discover if your dog is getting fatigued, restless, or is happy.
As with most things, and this goes with dog training as well, don't ever give up. You have to regularly enforce rules with your dog, so he won't unlearn what you have made it learn. Training for your dog never ends, think about it in the same manner as sheltering and feeding your dog.
Most owners are amazed at how easy it is to incorporate basic dog training into their life and how quickly they start to notice results. Therefore, should you start to feel frustration with your dog, put some of the following advice to work.
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