What You Should Know About Training Your Dog
Dogs have walked faithfully beside man throughout recorded history. In the modern era, when the Internet brings vast swathes of information within everyone’s reach, dog owners have more resources than ever on training their pets to behave according to their wishes. Here are just a few handy ideas for getting the most out of the dog-training process. Until your dog is well trained, training should be constant. If you are unsure that your dog will follow any command that you give, training is not done. Every interaction with your dog should be approached from a dominant, training standpoint. You should consistently teach your dog that you are in control, much like a true pack leader does. When teaching a puppy basic commands, start with ‘sit’. This is the easiest one for a dog to master. Hold his favorite snack just above his nose, and firmly say ‘sit’. Most dogs will instinctively sit down at this point. Offer him the treat and don’t forget to praise him profusely. If he doesn’t sit, gently push his rear end towards the floor. After he has been sitting for a few seconds, give him the treat, and like before, remember to praise him. When you are training a pet you need to speak to them in a even and stern tone. This lets them know you’re serious and that they must obey. Your dog needs to understand that there is a difference between the tone you use to discipline your dog from the tone you use to give an order. If your dog tends to chew on your shoes or other household items, you can stop this behavior by giving the dog a yummy substitute, such as a raw hide bone, to chew. The dog will likely abandon your shoes in favor of the raw hide, as the only reason he or she is chewing your shoes is that he or she is bored and needs something to do. To teach your dog to sit, gently push down on his behind as you give the verbal command “Sit!” and make a hand gesture with your palm facing down. Each time your dog sits successfully, even if you have to help him out, give him a treat and praise him. It is important that your dog know how to sit so that you can build on this command and eventually teach him to “Stay!” Learn to read your dog’s signals when training, so that you can see the difference between confusion and disobedience. A different response is required from you when your dog doesn’t understand a command versus when they understand the command but choose not to obey. Understanding your dog’s signals, can help you to choose the more appropriate response. To help train your puppy not to chew on household items and furniture, you should make sure that your puppy is always occupied with an acceptable activity. Just like small children, puppies are always wanting to experience new adventures. If you don’t provide an activity, they will find one, and you probably won’t like the one they pick. If you wish your dog to respond to commands such as ‘sit’, you should spend up to ten minutes every day positioning your dog in the right position and repeating the command. Your dog will associate the word with the action of sitting. Be patient and reward your dog every time it obeys the command. The dog-owner relationship is as old as history itself, and it is not going away any time soon! With information of the kind that has been presented here, dog owners can find the perfect training strategy to make their dog-training experience a successful and happy one.