If you want to be happy with your dog and you want it to be happy, training is essential. You both understand what is expected out of each other. If your dog has been trained effectively, you will be less reluctant to leave him at home alone, allow him to interact with visitors or spend time together in public places like dog parks. It might take some effort, but teaching your dog tricks and manners is an important investment in everyone’s happiness.
When you have gotten a new dog and you are working on training a key thing to remember is that you must always enforce the commands that you give your dog. Do not let the dog ignore you, and do not say the command over and over. If you are not going to be strong enough to enforce what you are saying, you might as well not waste your time.
Your dog needs to get plenty of exercise. Boredom often befalls an inactive dog, or he may find himself in a “mutt rut” with a dull and listless routine. If you do not have the full attention of your dog, they will be difficult to train. A dog that is happy, and gets the attention that they crave, will be a better behaved and attentive dog. It is a great idea to take your dog out on runs or walks through the neighborhood.
Listening to your dog is one of the most important steps of training your dog. If your dog is uncomfortable or scared, then you aren’t going to get the result that you are looking for. Respect their needs and the process will go a lot smoother.
Although a well trained dog can be taught to put up with just about anything, there will be times and situations where they are truly uncomfortable with a person, another animal, or a place. Don’t force your dog to suffer through more of this discomfort than is absolutely necessary. There is a reason that they are uncomfortable and you need to determine that reason.
Food and treats can be your ally in training your dog to seek out his crate. Allow your dog to find strategically placed bits of food and a few treats every once in awhile when he returns to his crate. He will make it a habit of checking the crate out more regularly just in case something else has miraculously appeared there.
While training your dog, observe his body language and general behavior closely. Look for signs of enthusiasm. Is his tail wagging? Does he follow you around? This shows he’s ready to learn. If you see your dog is scared, bored or nervous, stop what you are doing and reevaluate.
Make sure your dog’s diet is appropriate for him. If your dog is a lazy dog who likes to lounge around all day, you don’t want to give him the high protein food a dog who herds sheep would receive. This can cause problems and high vet bills down the road.
When training your dog to specific commands, don’t mix in pleasantries and other extra words. Give the command word sharply and alone. Your dog doesn’t understand words like “please”, and won’t be upset at your lack of manners. Keeping the commands alone and clear makes it easier for your dog to understand and obey.
Above all, the goal of a training program is to set well-defined expectations for your pet. Your relationship with other people is strengthened by shared respect and mutual understanding; a relationship with your pet is no different. The most important thing is to use positive reinforcement to remind your dog what he has learned. Maintain discipline and watch for any attitude changes. After your dog has learned the basics, you can work together more effectively to instill more complex behaviors.