Training a dog is difficult, but anyone can be successful, and have fun at the same time. This article will help you with the process. If you give these super hints a shot, it will make training your dog so much easier.
An often overlooked necessity with dog training is family training. Your dog will be confused and dismayed when multiple members of the family give commands in a variety of ways. Train your spouse, children and anyone else who will have consistent contact with your dog on the proper commands and techniques you employ for training.
Until your dog is well trained, training should be constant. If you are unsure that your dog will follow any command that you give, training is not done. Every interaction with your dog should be approached from a dominant, training standpoint. You should consistently teach your dog that you are in control, much like a true pack leader does.
TIP! Always use your dog’s name when issuing commands. When training your dog, it is important to be able to get and maintain their attention.
You, as the leader of the pack, should always eat first. In the animal world the Alpha always eats before the rest of the pack. This confirms dominance and establishes trust in the leader. When you exhibit this behavior you teach your dog to respect you as leader and also to trust that you are leading in the proper way.
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.
When training your dog, take some time to think about how your dog sees the world. Learning to see the world from your dog’s perspective helps you understand your dog better so you can train more effectively. Getting in your dog’s head may seem like hocus pocus, but it really helps you train more effectively.
TIP! Spend just the right amount of time training your dog, and do not wear it out. Begin with shorter training sessions and gradually increase the time each day.
Affection makes a great reward, however, be careful not to turn it into play. During training sessions, physical rewards such as belly rubs or scratching the ears can easily be overdone and lead the dog to think you are entering a play cycle. Keep the rewards quick and allow your dog to maintain focus for more training.
When training a dog to a leash it is important to keep the leash loose. Dogs are often eager to explore new territory when they get the opportunity to go for a walk. Because of their eagerness they will tend to strain on the limits of leash. The savvy owner will discourage this behavior, instead encouraging his or her pet to walk with some slack in the leash.
So, whether it’s a puppy, or an older dog that you have adopted, by using these tips you will find that the training process is much easier. Just try to stick to the tips and advice given. Give it time, and eventually you will get good results.