The dog that you have just adopted may seem less like Lassie, and more like Cujo. The good news is that, with just a bit of basic training, your dog can become better behaved within just a short amount of time.
When crate training your new puppy, take it in small manageable steps so the animal can become accustomed to the changes easily. Eventually they will become comfortable with the crate and you can then try to shut the door to the crate. When they allow the door to shut you can give them a treat through the wiring. At first, only close the gate for a short time, then gradually extend the time as your dog becomes more comfortable. Freaking out your dog is a sign that you need to slow down.
Your dog may not learn a command right away. It isn’t unusual to have to repeat a trick dozens of times before the dog understands. Keep teaching it and be patient. The dog will learn in time.
You need to teach your dog how to walk when on a leash. This will assure that the two of you are safe when you are out on walks.
Use the same command for the behavior you want him to demonstrate. When calling your dog, use their name every time. This will get his attention, and then you can tell him what to do. Dogs listen for their name because they know it means you will say something else.
You have to be consistent with your dog’s training. If more than one family member is taking part in training the pet, be sure that each person utilizes the same commands as well as a similar discipline and reward system. The dog will have an easier time learning if he has only one set of commands to learn and if he knows what response each behavior will receive.
Use your dog’s name all the time, this will help focus him. You puppy will develop the association between his name being called, and him needing to pay attention to what you are telling him. Keep the name brief, and make sure that it does not sound too similar to other commonly used words.
With consistency, you can train your dog to hold on longer. Try taking your dog outside each hour when you’re at home. Give him praise when he goes to the bathroom outside. Don’t scold a dog after an accident. Yelling does not teach, and the dog won’t understand why you’re upset. When it has an accident, take it out and show it where it should go.
Your canine training program should incorporate at least a little fun. Keep the sessions limited to 15 minutes or so to avoid the dog becoming disinterested and distracted. The dog should be given ample rewards in various forms. When your dog shows progress, reward him with praise and rewards. This will make training and listening pleasurable for your dog.
Consistency is the key to dog training. One way to ensure everyone in your household uses the same commands is to create an easily accessible list of the commands used to train your dog. Behavior should be rewarded or not depending on the affect that is being sought. Your dog will understand what is required if everyone involved uses the same approach.
If you are looking to train your dog, make use of a variety of resources such as magazines, general training your dog books and books specific to the breed of dog you are looking to train. Talk to other owners of the same breed of dog you have. You can then tailor a specific training program with the information you have gathered.
Many owners are surprised by how basic dog training can be added to their life and just how fast they can see results. If you feel like you are having a hard time developing a relationship with your puppy, you should try applying these tips.