A collection of tips on how to begin dog training makes the perfect starting point for a beginner to start and hopefully begin training their best friend to behave better. Below is just such a collection that will hopefully assist the eager novice into eventually becoming a pro when it comes to dog training.
Exercise is an important part of any dog’s training program. Animals that are restless and cooped up are more likely to act out and have difficulty following instructions. Taking your dog out for a daily walk or bringing them to a local dog part will help them to be successful.
The key to successful dog training is to start as soon as possible. No matter how old your dog maybe it is never too late to get them started. While it may take a little longer, you can still achieve a great deal of success. You can start training most puppies after they are about 6 weeks old. This is the perfect time to get the ground rules set up for a calmer more obedient dog.
If your dog barks and growls at strangers in your home, do this: leash your dog, make him sit, wait until his attention is on you, and hand the leash, in full view of the dog, to your guest. Then wait until the dog is calm again, with the guest giving commands as needed. This teaches the dog that your guest ranks above him in “the pack” and he must accept them. When the dog starts to react again, repeat the exercise.
Allowing everyone in the family to tell your dog different things will completely defeat the purpose of training him. Have a family meeting or keep a list of dog training rules on the refrigerator to remind all people that interact with the animal to be consistent with commands, punishments and rewards. Otherwise the dog will be in a constant state of confusion and every family member will be completely frustrated.
The basics of training your dog involve rationing food and physically showing the dog what to do. By rationing the food your dog gets throughout the day, you can use treats during training more effectively. By physically moving the dog you can “force” the dog to understand what you intend the dog to do, in response to a certain command.
A great tip for training your dog efficiently is to make sure you do not use conflicting command words towards your dog. For example, do not tell your dog to do something you do not want and then punish him for it. This will just confuse your dog and lead to failure.
Reinforce desirable behavior from your dog. Don’t just rely on treats though. You can reinforce these behaviors through positive attention as well. Petting your dog and talking to him in cheerful tones can be a good incentive too. So can a new squeaky toy or a trip to the park.
Well, hopefully, the aforementioned collection of tips were enough to give you a great start on what to do and expect when it comes to training your dog. This collection was carefully constructed to help you begin to hone your dog training skills into having a more well-behaved, obedient dog.