DOG TRAINING TIPS
Expert Tips on how to train your dog
Puppy Training Tips
- Be sure to carefully do research to determine which breed of dog is the right for you and your family. Also make sure that your dogs' temperament is going to fit with your lifestyle.
- When choosing a puppy, don't choose the puppy that is sitting by itself looking sad. There is a good reason why this puppy won't or can't interact with the rest of the litter. It's either to shy, scared, sick or aloof. Either way, it will more than likely grow up to be a problem dog.
- Purchase a crate for your new puppy. Introduce the crate slowly to your new puppy with the crate door open. Allow your puppy to play in and around the crate with the door open. Puppies like small enclosed places. The crate will also nurture the "Den-instinct" in your dog.
- Supervise all interaction between your new puppy and children. Children can be rough and make sure that they do not over handle the puppy.
- Educate your self on a good diet for your puppy.
- Don't let your puppy go out of the door first ahead of you. It's important to establish that you are the pack-leader.
- Do not pick up your puppy and carry it around like it is a little baby. It's important to allow your dog the opportunity to build its own confidence.
- Make sure that you watch your puppies while they are with their mother, puppies will most likely inherit their mothers' temperament.
- Socialize your puppy with lots of people and other dogs.
Tips for a well behaved dog
- Early training and socialization is a must so that your dog does not develop maladapted behaviors. Preventing unwanted behaviors early on in your dogs life the more bad habits will likely have to be un-learned. Early training will also help you to develop the proper relationship between you and your dog for life-long companionship.
- Always give your dog the opportunity to reach his or her full potential by incorporating training as part of your every day life.
- Be sure to exercise your dog every day. An hour walk is not enough exercise for most dogs and this is the cause of many unwanted behavior problems. A tired dog is a happy dog. Give your dog different forms of exercise so that they can build confidence while having fun.
- Do not allow your dog to jump on your couch, bed or any furniture whenever he or she pleases. A dog is always at is best when he or she is acting as a low-ranking member of a balanced team. Make sure that you have set clear rules, boundaries and limitations around your house for your dog to follow.
- Train your dog using motivational methods. When you are training your dog it should be up-beat and fun so that it is enjoyable for both parties.
- If your dog does not respond reliably to you at your home, he or she probably does not respect you and you can't expect your dog to respond to your commands reliably outdoors with stimulated distractions.
- Avoid repetitive commands. Dogs are conditioned animals and if you are giving commands that you cannot enforce, your dog learns that these commands are optional. Repeating commands such as "Sit!, sit!, sit!, sit!" only tunes your dog out and its not an effective way to command your dog. Command your dog only once and place your dog into that position.
- Avoid giving your dog combined commands such as "Sit Down Now!" This command does not exist and its incompatible and it will only confuse your dog.
- Always use your dogs name positively. Never use it in conjunction with a correction or a warning. When your dog hears his or her name, he or she should respond with enthusiasm.
- Training is all timing and consistency but make sure that your dog understands what you want.
- Correct, control and prevent unwanted behaviors. Never punish your dog. This will cause fear and stress.
- Always remain calm, anger and stress to a dog represents instability. You will also be communicating to your dog that you are not mentally stable enough to be their pack-leader. You will never earn your dogs respect by getting angry.
- Never give your dog attention when he or she is feeling uncomfortable, shy, fearful. You will only nurture this behavior.
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