Basic Tips for Dog Training
Effective dog training needs both time and a positive attitude. This is the way to establish a relationship with a beloved your pet, after all. As you cannot communicate verbally, you have to depend on non-verbal methods in order to teach them.
Along the process, take a moment to look into the following tips:
1. Love your pet generously.
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When he does right, shower your pet with attention. Let him know you know he’s been good. This is when an extra dose of praise and attention goes a long way. It’s even fine to go just a little over the edge.
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2. Give treats your pet actually likes.
Just because the bag says “Your dog will love it!” doesn’t mean your dog actually will. Most of them prefer soft and chewy instead of hard and crunchy. Observe what treats your pet enjoys.
3. Be clear what you want him to do.
Telling your dog “no” is not bad, unless you don’t give him him all the information. Rather than simply saying “no,” tell your pet what it is you expect him to do. Dogs aren’t so good in generalizing, so bear that in mind. Provide an alternative. If he jumps up on a guest, tell him to sit. This will keep him from getting confused.
4. Maintain consistency.
In training a dog, all members of the family should be involved so that everyone is on the same page. If you say “off the couch” and your sibling says “stay,” your dog will not know what to do. Training becomes a failure. Consistency is the real secret.
5. Be realistic.
If you want to change existing behavior, you have to give it time. You should have realistic expectations about modifying your pet’s behavior and how long it will take for you to see results. Behaviors that are perceived to be “normal” for dogs – for example, barking or jumping – are going to take longer.
6. Give responsible freedom.
Many people make the mistake of giving their new pet too much freedom too soon. This almost always causes accidents that are related to housetraining and destructive chewing in particular. Close off doors to unoccupied rooms, and section off parts of the house with baby gates if needed.
7. Know what separates a bribe from a reward.
Lastly, your interactions with your are learning opportunities for him; when you think about it, you may not use food that often, except during your training sessions. So what’s making your dog continue to hang out? Because he gets touch, praise, walks and games as rewards. Remember, the behavior should lead to the treat, not the other way around.