Whether Fido is tearing up the furniture or Fifi insists on doing her business in your favorite shoes, you are no doubt at your wit’s end. Although taming your pet’s wild behavior may seem like an overwhelming, impossible task at times, this article is loaded with great tips to help you get your pooch under control.
If your otherwise well-behaved and housebroken dog starts exhibiting poor behaviors, such as urinating indoors, take it to a vet to rule out any medical problems. Many medical issues can cause a dog to act out. Don’t punish your sick dog for showing you that it is sick; help it.
When house training your pup, you should adhere to a regular schedule of feeding and elimination. This will help you know when you have to take your dog outside, before he ruins your carpet. Conversely, this also teaches your dog that he may need to wait to go to the bathroom.
To help train your dog, you must assert yourself as the dominant one in your relationship by refusing to give the dog undeserved attention or food. When you convince your dog you run the show and, in addition, let the dog recognize you can use that power to give it something it wants, your dog will obey your commands more effectively.
One tip to keep in mind when training your dog is to stop your dog during the behavior you want to change. This is important to ensure that your dog knows when to stop a certain action and what to replace it with. An example would be to never allow it to jump on anyone, and always discipline and correct the dog mid-action.
As you progress in training your dog, only give rewards for obedience the first time you give a command such as “come” or “sit”. The dog will quickly learn that it is better to get the reward by obeying the first command than having you repeat it and not give the reward. Do praise the dog when it finally obeys, but save the treats for quick obedience.
Make training a part of your dog’s daily routine. Ten minutes of training every day gives much better results than an hour of training once a week. The dog has less time to forget the lessons learned and it is much easier to keep a dog’s attention for a few minutes at a time. Also, the dog will not end up eating so many treats in a single session that hunger is no longer a good motivator to learn new commands.
Check with the community management’s pet policy. Pet lover families can be in trouble when moving from a home with a generous pet policy to a place where no pets are allowed. Move to a place where the pet policy allows you to keep your family friends. Don’t give them up just because the first place you find has a no pet policy.
Make sure your dog enjoys training sessions. Keep training to a short 10-15 minute session; much longer and your dog’s attention will wander. Be generous when it is time to reward! Praise your dog often when he does well and show a lot of love. Your dog will be more receptive if you make training time fun!
You should have realistic expectations for your dog. Your dog may be smart, but remember that breed-specific traits might inhibit some dogs from performing certain tasks as well as others. If your dog is not as able-bodied as other dogs, you should similarly have realistic expectations of his capabilities!
If your dog is big on chewing, make sure he has plenty of appropriate items to take his energy out on. The number one reason for destructive chewing is inadequate or inappropriate toys. Seek out rubber toys meant for busy mouths, particularly those you can stick sumptuous treats inside of. Your dog will spend more time chewing these, and less time on your table legs.
When you train your dog, you don’t have to train him to do exactly what your training book or video says he should do; however, you must train him to behave in a way that will fit in well with your family. You must train him in such a way that you can take him for a walk or to the vet without a lot of drama. By determining exactly what sort of behavior you need from your dog and then working consistently to attain that behavior, you will support your dog in having a happier and more successful life.
Do not repeat commands. When you are training any command, be ready to enforce it. Repeating a command over and over when your dog is ignoring you is one of the most common reasons for training failure. For example, when training “come,” start out with your dog on a leash. If they do not come on the first try, repeat the command once, while pulling toward you. This shows the dog that your commands are not to be ignored.
Do not make the mistake of giving your dog too much freedom in your house too soon. It is a mistake to keep the doors open to all unoccupied rooms in your home when you have a new dog because it hands your dog the privacy and ability to chew things out of your view, or to have house training accidents. Be proactive about closing doors and using baby gates to stop a problem before it starts.
Effective dog training is not about punishing your dog to get them to do what you want. Dog training is about positive reinforcement to help your dog understand how to cooperate with humans. Making behavior training fun and exciting for your dog, will go much further than punishment does.
Now that you are armed with the know how, it is time to take what you have learned and use it to get your naughty pup on the road to being a pet you can be proud of. The good news is, even the most frustrating of pups can be trained with a little gentle guidance and a good dose of tough love.