Training your dog is not a quick process, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one. Any dog can be trained, and any dog owner can learn to train their dog. Follow the advice in this article for some ways to make the process easier, faster, and more effective.
A good tip when training your dog is to take your dog outside for a walk if you notice him digging. It’s pretty common for dogs to dig when they’re bored and anxious, and getting a little exercise can go a long way in stopping a destructive behavior like digging.
A great way to train your dog to stop chewing items when you’re away from home is to catch them in the act. When you see your dog picking up an item, ready to take a bite, slowly take the item away from them and firmly, but in a gentle way tell them “no”.
An important dog training tip is to use the pet’s name whenever you are trying to get its attention. You need to get your pet used to responding to you when you call it by name. Use the pet’s name when you feed it, take it for walks and play with it. Randomly call your pet to you by name several times throughout the day, and then reward it for coming when called. Never call your pet by its name to come to you only to be punished.
To teach your dog how to walk on a leash, you should start by getting your dog used to the leash at a young age. Walk around your yard or garden with your dog on a leash at first. Reward your dog if it does not tug on the leash. Use a command such as ‘come’ and tug on the leash at the same time. Your dog should quickly understand that you wish it to follow you.
When training your dogs, always use the same tone of voice and volume level when you give a command. This tone tells the dog that you mean business and that they need to obey. It also helps the dog to understand the difference between a sharp tone for discipline and a sharp but non-punishing command.
When training your dog, be sure to enforce every command you give. This helps your dog understand that they must listen to you when you give a command. If your dog learns to think that he can can ignore you when you give a command, it can be very difficult to correct this.
If your dog isn’t keen on car rides, there is still hope. You can get your dog used to going for rides in small steps. Start by sitting with your dog in the car. Bring along a few treats and his favorite blanket or toy. After you have done this enough times for him to feel comfortable, take a short drive, maybe just down to the end of the street. Make each trip longer and in no time at all your dog will be used taking rides in the car.
No matter what you do, dog training can be a difficult process. Many dogs are easier to train than others, but all dogs will respond to the same basic techniques. Having read this article, you will now be more prepared to start off making your dog a better canine citizen.