Using Play When Training Your Dog

Using Play When Training Your Dog.

A new puppy brings delight into your family. His rambunctious antics and affectionate responses have everyone giggling with happiness. Surely, his loyalty and affection will be a part of your family for many years to come. But this depends on the training which you are just now beginning. Here are some tips to help you complete this training successfully.

Dogs usually respond well to physical rewards when being trained. Almost all dogs have an extremely large capacity for love. That makes them respond very well to rewards like belly scratching, back petting and brushing. Your dog wants to be loved and greatly appreciates you giving him affection. Show your happiness with his success this way.

The main reason for crate training is to housebreak your dog. The concept of crate training is that dogs feel secure in this environment and will not soil the area in which they sleep. In this case, the crate, or den, is their sleeping area and they will not soil it, so it’s the best choice for housebreaking your dog.

Teach your dog the basics before trying to teach them more complicated “fun” tricks. It is important to have the basic obedience skills, such as sit, stay, lie down, and come learned before you try teaching tricks like shake and roll over. Although it is tempting just to jump to the fun stuff, having a firm grasp on the basic commands will make learning tricks much easier.

Do not call your dog to you for a scolding. You might still be angry at the dog for the trouble he has just caused, but do not punish him for coming when called. It should always be “safe” to come to you when called, and the dog should feel that you are glad to see him.

It is important to take a leadership role while training your dog. This does not mean that you need to try and force your animal to bend to your will. Acting as a teacher and showing him what you want him to do by rewarding his actions will help your dog succeed.

You should only leave your dog’s food out for around fifteen minutes each day after you put it out. This helps get your dog used to a regular routine. Your dog will quickly learn to begin eating his or her food immediately, and as a result, your dog will eat fresher food and not beg for food at other times of the day.

Research how to show your dog leadership in a way that a dog understands. Dogs are not humans, and do not think as humans do. Not knowing the proper way to teach leadership to a dog, allows him to assume he is your leader. If you confuse the dog, it may stress him and cause him to act out in negative ways such as barking incessantly, biting, or tearing up your property.

With these tips, you are ready to proceed confidently with your puppy’s training. Consistency and attentiveness will win out over his unbridled impulsiveness. You want your pet to fit into your family life and become a faithful friend for many years. Following these training tips can pay off with just that result.

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