Learn How Simple Training Your Dog Can Be

Learn How Simple Training Your Dog Can Be

If your dog is one of those innately obedient dogs, then congratulations, you don’t need these tips, but most dogs need a little of training, whether it’s to stop them from being overbearing with strangers or ripping up the upholstery. Use these tips to transform your pet into a happy and well-adjusted furry friend.

You will want to use your pet’s name to get his or her attention. Use your dog’s name when calling to go for a walk, for meal times, and for play. This will teach your dog to pay attention when you say their name. Never punish a dog for coming to you when you call them.

Make sure that your pooch is obeying commands. If Spot is ignoring you when you tell him to sit, do not give up. Follow-through until you get the action that you expect. If you are going to give up without getting the action that you requested, don’t bother giving the command in the first place.

Do not repeat a command when training your dog or asking for behaviors. If you repeat a command twice before your dog offers up a behavior, and then you praise it, your dog might learn that the command is actually using the repeated words. Instead, say the command once and gently help your dog complete the action if he has not done so. Be consistent and patient with your dog throughout this whole process so that he is better able to recognize the commands you are giving him.

While the occasoinal punishment will probably be necessary, dogs generally respond much better to rewards than punishments. This means you should always show praise and treats for good behavior in an effort to recognize and reinforce it. Additionally, you should reserve punishment and shame for only the worst moments.

Using a different tone of voice for different purposes, is a great teaching tool in training your dog. Commands, corrections and praise should all have their own tone in order to help your dog distinguish cause and effect with his and your behavior. Be firm and sharp with commands, use a louder tone for corrections, and your natural voice for praise.

Find out what motivates your dog as a training reward, and save it for training sessions to get maximum results. Some dogs love a chance to chew on a special squeaky toy or ball, while others adore a certain brand of treats or tiny chunks of fresh baked chicken. It never hurts if the dog is a little hungry so the treats seem even tastier.

A barking dog can drive its owner as well as the neighbors crazy! A good way to train your dog not to bark is to offer him a reward to stop barking! When he barks, use a command such as “Quiet!” or “No bark!” and wave his favorite treat in front of his nose. Soon he will learn that dog treats are better than making noise!

Even if your dog is extremely unruly at the moment, do not despair. Most dogs can be trained with a proper technique and a little perseverance. Make use of the tips you just read to minimize the hardship involved in training your dog while maximizing the results at the same time.