If you have a dog, you know that they can be a lot of fun, but they can also be quite a challenge. Training your dog at an early age can be the difference between an obedient and easy dog and a rebellious one.
So where do you go, and how do you go about making sure Fido is properly trained?
First, you will want to make sure you begin training your new dog as soon as possible. You can opt to do it yourself, or you can enlist the help of a professional dog trainer. There are also classes that you can enroll in so that you’re part of a group who participates in dog training.
There are two main types of dog training: obedience and behavioral. For the behavioral training, the goal is to help prevent bad habits or teach your dog good ones. Many dogs develop these bad habits as a puppy, but some can do this over time.
Either way, this form of training helps the dog to learn which things are wrong and which are acceptable. Some examples would be the dog jumping on furniture, chewing things up, and begging at the table.
It is important that your dog understand when he or she does something wrong, and that they are rewarded with positive reinforcement when they do something right or listen to your commands.
With a little bit of patience and time, your dog should be able to modify his behavior.
For obedience training, the dog will learn commands that you give him. This could include sit, stay, or simply the word “no.” These educational lessons should be short, no longer than about ten to fifteen minutes each time.
This way, your dog does not become distracted or bored, and he or she knows when it is time to listen. You can train your dog before meal time that way they will associate eating a delicious meal with training, and see it as a reward.
Always use your dog’s name when you give it a command. This way, he knows you are directing your words right at him. Then, simply speak the word clearly, one word at a time.
Try to avoid getting angry or frustrated. Always remember that teaching a dog these commands can take some time.
If he responds, then the training has become a real success. If he does not, you might want to consider some more training.
Learn to tell your dog NO when he is doing something wrong, and always say “good boy” in a pleasant and sweet voice when he listens to you. This kind of reinforcement is good for dogs and helps to bond them with their owners.
With a little practice, you will have your dog listening to you and behaving in no time.