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Excellent Tips To Make Dog Training Straight-Forward

FIDO a little too feisty? Are you furry best friend really more of a nightmare? It is important to implement dog training as early as possible for dogs. When you establish strict, consistent rewards and punishments for your pup early on, good behaviour will follow. Here are a few training tips to get your dog on the right path.

When you are working on dog training, make sure that you are providing him or her with the right balance of food. Imagine if you were eating foods such as turkey or sugar while you are trying to learn, as you can see it would definitely have an influence on your attention factor. The same principles apply to dog training. Stick with foods that will compliment your dog’s natural ability to learn.

Negative methods of training your dog don’t work. Just as with humans, positive reinforcement of behaviours is much more effective. Use praise, treats and play time to show your dog that you are pleased with their performance. If he cannot do what you are asking him, do not punish him or yell at him. He will associate trying to do the task with negativity and will avoid the task even harder the next time.

When training your dog to stay, take baby steps. First tell her to sit or lie down. When she has held that position for a couple of seconds, tell her to stay. If she stays longer, give her a treat. Allow her to move again, and repeat the process, rewarding her after she stays a bit longer with each repetition.

When house training your new puppy, try hanging a string of bells on the front door. Every time you take the puppy outside to go potty, nudge the bells with the puppy’s foot. Eventually, the puppy will ring the bells on his own to go outside, saving you the frustration of missed signals.

If your dog suffers from separation anxiety and gets restless when you are about to leave the house, you should feed your dog right before you leave. This will keep your dog busy while you prepare and distract it from the stressful situation. This should make the separation much easier.

Dogs will be confused if you are not consistent in leading the pack. Dogs need an alpha role model to follow and it is your job to fill this niche. Always be firm and in control with your expectations, discipline and control of the dog and you will maintain this position and have a happier pet.

Shy dogs benefit from re-socializing. Oftentimes, dogs have behavioural incidents with certain situations, certain people or other dogs, that go unnoticed by us. We might not realize, but these interactions have given our dogs a sour taste about these circumstances. Re-socializing your dog to the stimuli he’s upset by, can help him overcome his anxiety.

Use the ‘shake-can’ method of training. Put a few coins in an empty soda can and seal it. When your dog misbehaves, shake the can once. It will startle the dog, and halt his behaviour. Once you do this a few times, your dog will start to realize that his behaviour is unacceptable. Only shake the can once, if you do it multiple times your dog will desensitize.

Basic training is crucial for a well-mannered, confident, happy, and relaxed dog…and their owner! There are many, many different tips on dog training available and you will find some that work for you. So put some of our tips into practice and go have fun with your dog!

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This post was written by TKB_Editor on March 18, 2012

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