Solid Advice When Training Your Dog

Solid Advice When Training Your Dog

There is no greater joy than a new puppy. Those beautiful big eyes and playful, uncoordinated frolicking will bring you years of fun and love. However, without the proper training your playful pet can easily become an annoying pooch in the blink of an eye. So here are some dog training tips to get you started.

Dog training is not something that is easy to do properly, which means you should do your homework. Learning how to train your dog is almost as important as learning about dog behaviors and how they interact in a pack. Knowing what your dog expects from a pack leader makes training the animal much easier.

When training your dog, you should never punish it for something it did wrong, way after it occurred. If you do not punish your dog immediately after a wrong deed, then you should not punish him at all. The reason is because your dog will be confused and think you are punishing it for doing something else. This is why you must punish your dog while it is in the act of performing the wrong deed or immediately afterwards.

The verbal tone you use with your dog can impact the message you are sending him. High-pitched, happy tones encourage your dog to action, as it is a tone that excites them. Low-pitched, stern voices will elicit caution in your dog. If he is getting in trouble, a middle-pitched, quick tone will help to distract him better. Learning to control your voice when talking to your dog will impact how he responds to your commands.

An often overlooked component of good dog training is to evaluate and improve the dog’s diet. The old adage that you are what you eat definitely applies to dogs. A lot of medical and behavioral problems can be traced back to a dog’s diet. Make sure you are doing all you can to give your dog the very best food it can get.

If your dog is sick or injured, don’t punish it for doing something outside of it’s control. If it vomits in the house, that would normally be considered a bad action, but in the case of sickness they may not be able to control it. Instead take your pet to the vet to see if or what is wrong.

To keep your dog from barking, you need to stop rewarding this behavior by giving him what he wants. This means paying attention to your dog, letting him inside the house or comforting him. Your dog will associate your behavior with the barking and will think that you want him to bark.

Be sure to take the time to teach your dog his name from the start. You are going to use his name in all of your future training. Use his name when you feed him, calling him for walks and for play time. Be sure to use his name at least twenty times a day and never punish him for coming when you say his name.

Following the tips above and persevering with some basic training steps on a daily basis will help your new dog to be an obedient, loved and integral part of the family in no time at all. Just remember that Rome was not built in a day, and neither was a well-trained puppy.