Important Information About Training Your Dog

Important Information About Training Your Dog

Everyone knows that dogs can be man’s best friend. However, we don’t let our friends jump on us or chew on our shoes and we shouldn’t let our dogs, either. This article can help you understand the importance of dog training and why it is good for your dog and helps him be a better member of your family

A great way to potty-train your puppy is to crate-train it. A dog won’t potty where it sleeps, so keep the puppy in his crate and let him out for a potty break at regular intervals and he will go. Eventually, your pup will learn that bathroom time is outdoor time. This type of training also prevents a lot of accidents.

If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, an easy way to train them out of it is to avoid giving them attention immediately before and after you leave. It may seem mean to the dog if you don’t say goodbye before you leave, but those long goodbye cuddles just give the dog a chance to get worked up.

Teach your dog to smile! Dogs sometimes bare their teeth not just when they are being aggressive but also when they are excited and happy. You can reinforce that behavior by repeating the command “smile” every time they behave in that manner. Just make sure people that they are around realize they aren’t being aggressive.

When your dog does not do what you want, tell him “No!” then redirect him. Be patient and calm. Your dog wants to please you, but sometimes dogs just don’t understand what is expected of them. Never hit or yell at your dog. If you yell and hit, your dog will just think you are out of control. You want your dog to trust you and respect you as the pack leader, so stay calm and consistent.

Some dogs are so scared of thunderstorms that they are literally a danger to themselves. If your dog has an extreme fear of thunder, speak to your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may recommend and prescribe a mild sedative to give your dog before a storm rolls in. This is often a last-ditch effort when behavior modification cannot handle the problem alone, but it is often beneficial to a dog’s quality of life if the problem is severe enough.

Be consistent when training a dog. A dog does not understand why sometimes hanging out on the couch is allowed, but other times results in a scolding. Decide what the rules are, and stick to them every time. Soon your dog will know what to expect and want to please you by doing the right thing (and receiving the occasional praise and even a treat or two for getting caught doing well.)

Dogs are indeed man’s best friend. As this article has stated, dog training is an important part of taking care of your dog. Training your dog helps him to understand what you want from him. Your dog wants to please you and dog training can help you to show your dog what you expect from him. That will make both of you happy.