When you get a puppy, you might not think immediately about dog training, but you should. Having a well trained dog can mean the difference between a alm and settled household and a chaotic one.
Dog behavior is directly impacted by how much training he has. He needs to have structure and limits in his life. If you don’t provide this, he will, and that can create significant behavior problems in your dog.
Why Train Your Dog?
No matter your dog’s breed, he is descended from wolves and his instinct is to be part of a pack. In the dog pack, there is a hierarchy, with clear dominant roles and submissive roles. If you don’t make yourself the leader of the pack, your dog will make himself that leader. That’s not good and creates all kinds of dog problems.
Training establishes and reinforces the hierarchy concept for a dog. It teaches him that someone in the household is in control and that he must submit to that person.
Although some people say they prefer to not provide any dog obedience training, that’s a mistake. Puppy training – it’s best to start them young – can do much for your young dog, and will only help him as he gets older.
Where to Get Training?
You have a few choices:
1. You can hire a professional trainer to come to your house
2. You can attend dog obedience training classes
3. You can buy an online ebook and CD or DVD (the cheapest and preferred option)
Whatever you do, it’s important that your dog’s first (and future) experience with training is successful.
When most of us think about dog training, we think first and foremost about dog obedience training. Dog obedience training is really about the basics of training and includes learning commands like “sit,” “stay,” and “heel.”
Even if your dog only learns the most basic of dog training commands, his knowledge of just a few basic commands is immensely useful to you as the dog sowner.
A dog that’s received some dog obedience training is also much more pleasant to strangers and other dogs. You can control his behavior when necessary and he will also develop the inner discipline that will help him make right decisions even when you’re not around.
Dog House Training
Dog house training is something you can do yourself. You don’t need the experts for this, though a little advice from a dog training expert certainly can’t hurt.
Your dog should be house trained in order to ensure that he can understand the basics of his needs. That is, he should understand, through some consistent dog house training efforts on your part, that there are certain needs he has that must be met appropriately.
If you have never done any puppy training before with potty issues, you might look in the following places:
* Books, online ebooks and CD or DVD
* You Tube videos
* Friends with more experience than you
* Dog training experts
The concept of crate training is lost on many dog owners, but it’s a concept and a behavior that should be encouraged.
Crate training dogs gives them a sense of safety and security. While initially, many dog owners will use crate training as a puppy training method, the older dog benefits greatly from using a crate as well.
Crate training can be used to reinforce house training, or it can be used as a tool to teach a dog to sleep in a particular place at night, to keep the dog away from strangers, or transport the dog in the car.
There are so many essential uses for crate training, in fact, that dogs suffer from not having this kind of dog obedience training in their lives.
Basic Dog Training Tips
Dog training tips run the gamut from “be sure you use a firm voice” to “let your dog lead the way.” The reality is what works for you might not work for someone else and a different dog might respond differently to training.
Find your own path with your new dog. Keeping in mind that:
* He needs structure and discipline and dog obedience training gives him that
* He will respond to firm direction for you that’s given lovingly and consistently
* Both you and he will be happier in your relationship if your dog has even the most basic understanding of dog obedience training.
Dog training is an essential part of owning a dog. It’s worth whatever effort you are willing to give it.
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This post was written by TKB_Editor on November 27, 2012
Your dog is important to you, but so are your possessions. Your dog isn’t aware of the value of your things, so items that seem fun to a dog may be played with. This article will provide proven tips and tricks that have been known to help eliminate unwanted dog chewing.
If you want to be a good trainer, then you have to be firm and consistent. However, that doesn’t mean yelling at your dog. Be loving while maintaining your authority. This approach helps to reinforce your relationship with the animal.
Use the ‘shake-can’ trick when training your dog. Place a few pennies into a soda can (empty please), and seal it up. When your dog misbehaves, shake the can once. The dog will be startled and the behavior will cease. Eventually, your dog will get the idea that the behavior is not allowed. Just shake your can a single time, because doing so more often will result in desensitization.
It is never a good idea to provide a reward for bad behavior when attempting to end a particular negative behavior. This teaches the dog that he is in control. For instance, avoid giving treats to calm a barking dog.
Approach an unfamiliar dog slowly, offering only the backside of your hand for his inspection. This lets the dog get accustomed to your smell and he will be more trusting towards you. When a dog recognizes the scent, they won’t fear you and will follow commands.
Be realistic when it comes to changing behavior that’s been happening for years. Whether you or a previous owner allowed the animal to repeatedly engage in activities like chewing, biting or begging, know that you now have your work cut out for you to change it. It can often be simpler to change a dog’s behavior if it was handled when your dog was a pup.
The bottom line is that you must prevent the dog from chewing your belongings. Behavioral issues can lead to serious injuries as well as negative feelings and loss of property. Use the tips here and your training will help the dog to stop chewing.
This post was written by BPT_Assistant on November 24, 2012
Dog behavior training, when it focuses on getting the dog thinking about other kinds of behavior, could have the actual result that the dog just stops wondering about those goofy things to do any longer. Anyway, doing it this way is far more powerful. There are just a few styles of good behavior a dog can take pleasure in. Compared, he can think of an infinite number of wrong aggravating activities.
You do need to understand that you’d behave exactly the way the dog does if you’ve been 10 years old and were alone all on your own all day with no one to pay you any attention. The dog is a youthful full of energy thing; when everyone goes out to school or to work for hours on end, probably the most he gets to do is to go on a half hour stroll with the dog walker. You might want to provide him activities to do.
Actively playing every single night with your dog in spite of how tired you are, should be a good plan. Do enough to provide him a workout, and he’ll be worn out enough to get to sleep at the right time instead of jumping off the rooms. Another wrong choice people will make is related to failing to pay enough attention to very good behavior. When the dog is minding his own business and being nice and peaceful, people will just disregard the dog and sit back and watch TV. He needs to be awarded for being nice and quiet, for him to understand that you approve of it.
Plus you’ll be able to get outside and get some fresh air instead of planting yourself in front of the television set. What could be better than this?
This post was written by BPT_Assistant on November 17, 2012