The Novices Guide To Dog Training

The Novices Guide To Dog Training

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.

An important rule of thumb in dog training is that people lead and dogs follow. Never let your dog lead you around while it is on its leash. Make short, sharp, well defined corrections with the dog’s lead to bring it back to heel. Your dog must learn that you are the one directing things, not the other way around.

Listen to professional advice. If you adopt a dog from a shelter or a rescue organization, listen to their advice. More often than not, they will have spent a lot of time with the dog, and will know the best method to train him. Some shelter dogs are very skittish, and require extra care when trying to train them, especially if they have been previously mistreated.

Understand that training takes time. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking a dog is ‘untrainable’ when things don’t go according to plan immediately. Some dogs respond to commands sooner than others, and it is usually according to breed and age. If you have adopted an older dog, it may take a long time, as he will already be set in his ways. Remember to be patient, and understand that a dog always wants to please his owner in the long run.

Do not train your dog when you are angry or stressed. Not only will you have less patience, but dogs are incredibly receptive to their owner’s moods. By skipping training when you are not at your best, you can be sure when you do train, it will be much more effective.

Training a dog involves mainly correcting bad behaviors as they happen. You cannot train a dog when it is not doing something that needs to be corrected. By training a dog not to do something as soon as it acts out, the dog can learn quickly when it is doing something wrong.

A good dog training tip is to be aware of the body language you use. Dogs pay close attention to our body language and it’s important that you are sending the right message. Talking too much can also confuse dogs, so it’s best to be succinct with what you’re trying to say.

Giving your dog a proper exercise routine will vastly help you with your dog training. Dogs have a very demanding exercise life style, when left unchecked they can develop bad behaviors which travels all the way down the chain. When you take your dog out for a run or walk daily, it helps by giving them incentives for good behavior, and as an added bonus, the exercise can help you stay fit as well.

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.