Be Smart And Follow These Tips On Dog Training 2

Be Smart And Follow These Tips On Dog Training

Are you thinking of getting a dog and don’t know where to begin training it? Have a dog and want to quell some undesirable behaviors? Well, then this article is for you! Read on to find simple, easy tips for training a dog to truly be man’s best friend.

Realize an older dog’s limitations. An older dog will never be able to be trained perfectly: they all have little quirks that you should learn to embrace! Remember that if you adopt an older dog, they may be very set in their ways. While it may be possible to teach them new habits, sometimes it’s best to concentrate on the negative things that you can alter, and learn to live with the other things.

When training a dog to a leash it is important to keep the leash loose. Dogs are often eager to explore new territory when they get the opportunity to go for a walk. Because of their eagerness they will tend to strain on the limits of leash. The savvy owner will discourage this behavior, instead encouraging his or her pet to walk with some slack in the leash.

When you are introducing two dogs to each other, try to do this on neutral territory. If you introduce the dogs in one of their homes or familiar environment, that dog may become aggressive as it tries to protect its space. Once in a neutral territory, let the dogs figure out their own relationship (unless there are serious aggression issues).

Make sure your dog has plenty of mental and physical stimulation every day. Mental games such as “find it” and training sessions keep your dog busy and physical exercise such as walking, playing fetch and agility training keep your dog active. A busy, active dog is less likely to display unwanted behaviors such as chewing and barking.

When you are approaching an unfamiliar dog, be sure to approach slowly and offer the dog the back of your hand to sniff. This allows the dog to get used to your scent and makes him much more likely to trust you. Once the dog recognizes your scent, he will not be afraid of you and will be more likely to follow your commands.

Walking should be a time for you to work on your relationship with your dog. Your dog shouldn’t totally ignore you in lieu of squirrels, trees and other interesting things. Instead, keep him occupied with commands and rewards for great work. This will encourage heeling and attentiveness in your dog.

It is of utmost importance that you portray yourself as a calm and confident leader when you are training your dog. Dogs are pack animals, and they only feel secure and willing to obey and submit when they trust that you are a capable leader of the pack. When your dog looks up to you as the leader, it will be eager to please you and it will obey your commands.

Now that you know how easy it can be to train a dog, why wait? Apply these tips now to train your dog in obedience. Dogs love to know what you want them to do and follow your commands. They just need a firm hand to show them the way. Try it now!