Most dogs think a lot alike, no matter their size or breed. You should try to think like a dog and you will have no problem with training. This article will address such things as learning a dog’s temperament and how to train a dog with that in mind.
Make sure to let your pet know a crate is their home initially. All meals and water bowls should be placed within the crate. They’ll build a positive view of the crate this way.
When you are working on crate training with your dog or puppy small steps is what works best for them to get used to it. If they are uncomfortable with the door closed then try to feed them snacks to reassure them that they are okay. Start with short times numbering in mere seconds, and increase the intervals gradually. If the dog becomes upset, then you need to take a step back and slow down the training.
It takes many repetitions before a dog is able to learn new commands. It can take as many as 50 repetitions of one command before your dog learns it. Be patient and continue using a command until your dog learns it.
Keep your tone of voice consistent when training dogs. This lets the dog know you are serious. This also assists the dog in understanding what the difference is between a tone for a command and the tone for discipline.
Your dog will behave well if you keep reinforcing your training. You should not stop training your dog at the end of their puppy stage. You need to concentrate on positive behavior to make sure of ongoing obedience. When you do this, negative behavior should stop.
Make sure your dog knows how to obey, to reduce the frequency of their barks. For instance, whenever your dog is barking, hold a treat in front of them and continue to repeat “be quiet” until they quit barking. Then, you can award your dog with a treat. This positive reinforcement will help to get your dog to learn.
Teach your dog to lay down on command. This command will be useful if you need to keep your dog from jumping on someone. When the animal is familiar with the ‘down’ command, he can be more effectively controlled with little advance warning. This is important when others’ safety is at stake.
Guarantee that your dog can tell right from wrong within all situations. This will require firm boundaries from everybody in your house. This quickly cancels out any efforts on your part!
When looking for information on training your dog, there are many great resources: magazines, books, and specific breed books. Talk to those who have the same kind of dog you do, and get suggestions. Use what you learn from others to customize your dog’s training.
Most often, dogs bite someone out of self-protective instincts due to fear. When your dog feels afraid or trapped, it will bite. Do not ever forcefully train your dog. This could have the unfortunate effect of causing your dog to bite you. A dog that respects you will obey you.
Make sure you have your dog ‘fixed’ when he or she is about six months old. This is also a good time to begin obedience training classes. When your dog is spayed or neutered, it is a nicer pet and is better at obedience. This will make your pet healthier and happier, and make your ownership experience happier, too.
When you train ball-fetching to your dog, prove yourself the leader in the relationship by forcing your dog to return to you with the ball always. Suppose the animal simply picks up the ball and then drops it into the grass. If you take the initiative to walk to the ball and retrieve it, you will appear subservient. By making it clear that you expect your dog to return the ball, you are showing that you are the natural leader and that you have clear expectations for him.
Always reinforce and reward your dog for demonstrating the desired behavior. This doesn’t mean punishing them when they misbehave; it means just simply not reinforcing poor behavior. Dogs can become scared easily when you negatively act towards them. Positive reinforcement will ensure that your dog will want to do good things more often in order to receive treats and praise.
You will get the most of your pet training if you try to understand how your pet thinks. Through this improved comprehension, someone training a dog could learn to use only the most effective rewards and punishment. By knowing as much as possible about one’s dog one will be able to better train it.