Training Your Dog The Right Way 3

Training Your Dog The Right Way

There is no greater joy than a new puppy. Those beautiful big eyes and playful, uncoordinated frolicking will bring you years of fun and love. However, without the proper training your playful pet can easily become an annoying pooch in the blink of an eye. So here are some dog training tips to get you started.

While dog training is incredibly important in order to integrate your dog into your family, it is also important that you spend fun, relaxed time with your dog as well. If you do not, the dog will be very well behaved, but it will also lose some of its personality and spirit.

If you want to teach your dog tricks, but don’t want to offer too many treats, then use regular dog food. By using a portion of their daily allotment of food, your dog is still receiving a reward for doing good, but is not in danger of getting too many treats.

Get your dog used to being touched everywhere by petting and touching all his body parts. Make sure to include the toes, feet, stomach, inside the mouth, ears, snout and even the tail. Desensitizing your dog to being touched everywhere, helps train him to not attack a visitor who touches him in an area he is not used to being touched.

To teach your dog to sit, have him in a standing position and hold a treat in the air. Pass the treat directly above his head, moving your hand behind him. This will cause him to look up as he tries to follow your hand. When a dog does this, it is natural for them to sit.

Make sure you and your family are consistent with your commands. If one person uses “down” to tell the dog to get off the couch while another says “off” and a third is letting him lay there, the dog is going to get mixed signals. It makes it much more difficult for him to learn the commands.

Crate training is something that is accomplished over time. First, you should only expect your dog to stay in the crate for short periods of time. As your dog grows older you can gradually extend this confinement, which can eventually stretch out to much longer periods of time without any ill effect on your pet.

To relieve separation anxiety in your dog, give him plenty of exercise. A tired dog is a happy dog. Slip in and out of the house without making a big deal out of it. Sometimes saying goodbye to your pet increases his anxiety. If you notice that your pet has associated something like picking up keys with leaving, then start doing the action several times a day to quell negative feelings.

Following the tips above and persevering with some basic training steps on a daily basis will help your new dog to be an obedient, loved and integral part of the family in no time at all. Just remember that Rome was not built in a day, and neither was a well-trained puppy.

Category: Dog Training
Tags: ,