You Are The Boss, Not The Dog

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Bringing home a new puppy is a joyful day. That said, they can become overwhelming quickly. One of the first things you can think is: I will get a wireless fence for my dog. You’ll wonder just what you got yourself into as you clean up yet another mess. You can relive the happiness you had when you first taught your new puppy to behave. This article has great tips for puppy training.

A healthy diet is essential for your dog. Your dog will not benefit from a poor diet. If your dog isn’t getting what it needs to stay healthy, it could really struggle to find the energy for training or may act out in other ways. Training may very well go easier when dogs are given the proper nutrients in a healthful diet.

Limit the time of your training sessions with your dog so he doesn’t lose focus. Spending too much time just on one aspect of training will bore your dog and waste your efforts. Keep first training lessons to 10 minutes or less.

Training should be completed in small spurts. Dogs can’t pay attention for a long time, so keep sessions short and dynamic. When you want to train more, give the dog a break and come back later.

Stay firm when you are training your dog. However, this doesn’t mean constantly yelling at your dog. Instead, find some balance between being firm and being loving. This will help develop a strong bond during your training session.

Identify what exactly it is that your dog is always barking at to help curb the behavior. It may be a noise, or seeing other animals or people. The key is teaching them that their triggers are nothing to fear.

When you discipline your dog, your tone is an important factor. Your pet is very in tune with your emotions. It is okay to be appropriately stern.

Regularly challenge your dog. Quiz him to see if he remembers the commands, even if you’re already sure he does.

Make sure you pay attention to the limitations of older dogs. When you adopt a dog who is already an adult, you won’t be able to train them as fully as a puppy. Understand that if your dog is older, he or she is going to have things already set into their minds that is going to be virtually impossible to remove. Although you can teach them some new tricks, it’s probably best that you focus on undoing negative habits they have instead of trying to teach them cool new tricks.

Using a crate is an effective way to house train your dog. Let the dog out frequently and on schedule to effectively crate train them. A dog trained in a create will have less accidents with time.

Many people are bitten by dogs because of their fears of that exact thing happening. The dog will feel fear if it is startled, trapped or feels threatened. Do not get physical with your dog. This could make the dog act out in an aggressive manner. By doing this, pleasing you will be one of your dog’s life goals as it will see you as the pack leader.

You will need a lot of patience, love and treats to train your dog. The ideas above are sure to pave the way toward a lasting, rewarding friendship between you and your pet. Although it will take time, consistent training will result in more contentment for both you and the dog.

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