Dog Training To Dos 2

Dog Training To Do’s

Many dogs end up in shelters because they don’t turn out the way their owners hoped they would, but this can often be avoided. A well trained dog can become a happy, healthy, and well adjusted member of the family. Turning your dog into such a dog does not have to be a difficult process, if you’re willing to invest the time and follow a few simple steps.

Pay careful attention to your timing as you train your dog. It is much more effective to correct him just before he has misbehaved rather than after; if you are able to catch him while he is still thinking about what he should do, your redirection is much more likely to have a lasting impact.

If you go into a training session expecting the worst from your dog’s behavior, you will get what you expect. Understand your role in the training and know that you have the ability to maintain that control and correct behavior. Your dog is very attuned to your feelings and will emulate your anxiety should you allow it to show.

When training your dog, it is imperative that you remain patient at all times. Moving too quickly or losing your temper can confuse your dog and cause him to mistrust you. Without proper trust, your dog will never fully submit to your training and your relationship with your dog will surely suffer.

When you train your dog, you don’t have to train him to do exactly what your training book or video says he should do; however, you must train him to behave in a way that will fit in well with your family. You must train him in such a way that you can take him for a walk or to the vet without a lot of drama. By determining exactly what sort of behavior you need from your dog and then working consistently to attain that behavior, you will support your dog in having a happier and more successful life.

Keep your dog up-to-date on his check-ups. If you are finding your dog is having difficulty with some aspects of training, or has regressed in his training, make sure he is in good health. Dogs are very adept at hiding pain and discomfort. So many times behavioral changes are the only clue that there is a health issue. For example, aggression can be a sign of pain, and sudden regression in-house training can signal a urinary tract infection.

To help you begin training your dog you should understand that having patience is very important. All dogs are different and do not learn at the same pace. Some learn quickly while others at a slower pace. Having patience is a key first step as you set out to train your dog.

As we have discussed in this article, owning a happy, healthy, and well adjusted dog is not an impossible dream. Training your pet, offering him plenty of love and attention, and being mindful of your dogs needs are key. Follow the steps listed above and your dog will become, and remain, an important part of your family.

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