Make Dog Training Easier And More Effective With These Quick Tips

Make Dog Training Easier And More Effective With These Quick Tips

Dog training can sometimes be difficult. Dogs are naturally playful and will often want to play when dog owners attempt to train them. It also takes them a while to register commands from their owner. The tips in this article will help you to successfully train your dog.

The dog, man’s best friend. We’ve all probably found ourselves owning a dog at some point, but perhaps weren’t the one responsible for training it. One of the keys to training a dog is consistency. You have to reward it all the time for good behavior, and punish it all the time for bad behavior. For example if you are potty training and your dog uses the pad, reward her with a treat each and every time to reinforce that behavior.

Make sure to get everyone involved in training. If you are the only member of the family working with Fido’s behavior, then the other members of the family are giving him mixed signals. Consistency is extremely important in dog training. Also make sure that everyone is using the same key words and rewards so that the behavior will be reinforced correctly. Off and down are two different things to a dog, so make sure you aren’t confusing him.

To teach your dog how to sit on cue, first find a good, soft, smelly treat that your dog will find irresistible, like a piece of cheese or a slice of hotdog. Keep the treat small, about the size of the nail on your pinky. Then, take the treat in your fist, and hold it over your dog’s head, low enough that his nose comes up to reach the treat, but not so high that he tries to jump for it. Smoothly move the treat backwards, and as his nose comes up, his butt will go down. Give the dog the treat as soon as his butt hits the floor, and say your cue word at the same time.

To help with potty training a new puppy, plan ahead. If you have a brand new puppy, keep him in a towel-lined crate or kennel at night. For the first couple of weeks, bring him out every two hours and let him outside to do his business. Thoroughly praise him and he will begin to make the association between being outside and relieving himself, which will make training much easier as time goes on.

Not showering your dog with enough positive reinforcement when he does good, will reduce the power you have over him in training. Since dogs love attention, giving them plenty of it, provides him with incentive to listen to you. If all he ever hears from you is what not to do, he is not getting any encouragement, only discouragement, so be sure to reward him with praise often.

As stated before, dog training can be difficult sometimes. Dogs love to play, and will do so when training. Dogs must learn proper commands before they obey them. Using the dog training tips from the article above, you can train your dog to follow your commands and become obedient.