Training Your Dog

Training Your Dog

Training your dog can be time consuming and frustrating at​ times,​ but it's well worth it. Here are several tips that should help things go much smoother and faster... plus reduce the​ frustration both you​ and your dog feel!

Conduct "play training" where by the​ training tasks are made into fun games and your dog's play drive is​ used as​ motivation. There are a​ lot of​ really good books available on​ this type of​ training.

Intelligent dogs can also be stubborn,​ so you​ may have to​ outwit them!

While training your dog,​ you​ have to​ make him want to​ do what you​ want him to. you​ can't make him do stuff unless it​ is​ fun. Otherwise you​ are wasting both your time and his.

Try to​ make your dog's training so fun that it​ becomes his or​ her favorite activity. This will make learning much easier and more enjoyable.

Most dogs love to​ play! you​ can make your dog the​ happiest just by spending some time with them,​ giving your undivided attention each day. Without this,​ your dog will feel ignored,​ bored,​ or​ think they're in​ trouble. When this happens they're more likely to​ chew,​ tear things up,​ and not listen to​ you.

Here are some tried and true tactics you​ can use to​ make your dogs listen to​ you​ more:

When playing with your puppy,​ play at​ his level. if​ play is​ encouraged at​ ground level,​ this builds your role as​ the​ dominant,​ or​ "top dog",​ when you​ are standing and training your puppy. if​ the​ puppy is​ allowed to​ jump up and initiate play,​ then this can lead to​ unwanted jumping up as​ your dog gets older.

From the​ very beginning,​ make sure your dogs know you​ are the​ master. This is​ usually accomplished with simple tasks such as​ teaching the​ dog to​ raise it's paw for a​ handshake; kissing your hand; or​ rolling over on​ command to​ show submission.

There is​ no need for extreme measures to​ prove you​ are the​ boss. Obedience training should be both fun and rewarding for you​ and your dog.

Make sure your dog always eats after you​ do. This is​ one of​ the​ easiest ways to​ show your dog who is​ the​ boss. This is​ especially important if​ you​ share your food with your dog,​ because if​ you​ let them eat while you​ are,​ they could develop the​ habit of​ taking food right off your - or​ someone else's - plate. you​ may need to​ train your family to​ follow this rule too... and that could be harder than training the​ dog ;)

Very active young dogs have short attention span,​ and some breeds are worse than others. So it's best to​ have several short 5-10 minute training lessons instead of​ one long one.

Start the​ training at​ quiet places familiar to​ your dog,​ and be sure there are very few things and people around to​ distract him. Gradually move the​ training to​ places with more and more distractions so he will learn to​ obey your commands despite those distractions.

Speak to​ your dog strongly but not in​ an​ angry voice. Be kind but be firm while training and never give in​ to​ what they want. it​ seems cruel but in​ the​ long run you​ will have a​ much better relationship with you​ dog.

Celebrate after every training session for a​ good job done. Have a​ big play by running and throwing his favorite toys. if​ you​ give them a​ lot of​ playtime with yourself they'll listen to​ you​ more.

Don't confuse your dog by trying to​ use different words for one command. One word commands work best,​ and they should always be consistent. For example,​ when your dog gets on​ the​ lounge with you,​ say "sit" and he should sit. Then if​ you​ want him to​ lay down,​ say "lay" and he should do so.

Also note how well your dog seems to​ understand your command words. Some dogs may not be able to​ distinquish between two words that sound the​ same. For instance: "lay" and "stay" sound very similar. With one of​ my own dogs,​ I've had to​ use the​ word "sleep" in​ place of​ lay,​ in​ order for him to​ understand me fully.

To keep your dog from charging the​ front door each time it​ opens,​ try putting up a​ door or​ gate that he can't see through or​ hop over. Have him wait until people enter and come up the​ stairs. Then give him a​ treat for waiting.

In closing: no matter how well trained you​ think your dog is,​ he usually has an​ attention span of​ seconds. So be careful not to​ let him run away,​ because some dogs will simply keep going and going as​ they find new things to​ chase.

Always keep your dog leashed securely when they're outdoors,​ unless you​ have a​ secure fence. Beware though: Some dogs can actually jump fences,​ even when you​ think they're high enough,​ and some even climb trees too. And most dogs run much faster than any human can so if​ your dog gets loose,​ it​ could be quite dangerous for him.

Training Your Dog

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