Every Christmas so many Americans buy puppies for loved ones. This year when you give the puppy, also slip in this article to help out. There are many effective ways to train a dog, and we will be discussing some of the most common to the most unique tricks we have learned.
Enforce all of the commands you issue to your dog
Do no issue a command on a whim. Only give a command to your dog if you truly mean it. This can lead to having to repeat your commands. A well-trained dog should only need to be told once to do something.
Never leave a tied dog unattended for long lengths of time
Even the best trained dog can become excited and active enough that they snarl up their chain or rope around and around itself or another object. If you don’t catch this in time your dog could actually twist his collar tight enough that he suffocates.
Make sure to only say the command word one time while training your dog
It is important not to repeat yourself, because your pet will begin to expect you to say the instructions multiple times. You want your dog to respond to your commands as soon as you say them.
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 training your dog for specific commands, be sure to use the exact same wording during everyday life as you do during training sessions. If you select “down” for “lie down”, use “down” every time you want the dog to lie down. Changing up the terminology can confuse your dog and interfere with training.
Remember that sometimes patience is key, don’t become frustrated if your dog doesn’t catch on right away. It would be nice if every dog could understand your every command but you have to remember they can’t. Just try and be sure you are aware of your dog’s emotions and when they do follow your command reward them so they know what they did was right.
You should only leave your dog’s food out for around fifteen minutes each day after you put it out. This helps get your dog used to a regular routine. Your dog will quickly learn to begin eating his or her food immediately, and as a result, your dog will eat fresher food and not beg for food at other times of the day.
When giving a dog a flea bath, start at the neck and work towards the tail. To prevent fleas from getting into your dog’s eyes, ears, or nose, begin the bath by creating a barrier of wet, soapy fur around the dog’s neck. As you work your way down, fleas will have no choice but to head for the tail, and inevitably, their death by drowning.
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.
To house train your dog, you should establish a regular schedule for their meals. Take away their water at night. If your dog eats on schedule, you should be able to tell when it need to go outside. If you feed your dog right before you go to bed, chances are you will not be able to take it outside on time.
If you aren’t having success training your dog on your own, hiring a trainer can help. Trainers are specially qualified to work with difficult dogs, and find easy ways to modify troublesome behavior. Many a dog has been able to remain with his family because of the help of competent trainers.
Keep track of the number of treats you give your dog
Your dog needs to watch his weight, too. To keep your dog healthy, you really need to monitor their treat intake. It’s an aspect often overlooked.
Challenge your dog frequently. Test what he knows by giving commands, even if you are sure that he has the skill mastered.
Always be consistent when you are training your dog. Have a set list of commands that everyone in the household knows. In addition, make sure that the behaviors of the dog are treated consistently. Good behaviors get rewarded; bad behaviors do not. A dog will get confused if the reward does not always come after a good deed.
You will want to make certain you have your dog fixed at six months of age
This should go hand in hand with the start of obedience classes. Pets that have been spayed or neutered are often more obedient. Your dog will be happier and he or she will live longer.
If you live near a body of water, whether a river, lake, stream or pond, and have a dog, make certain your dog knows how to swim and knows how to get himself safely out of the water. Surprisingly enough, not all dogs possess the ability to swim and even for those that do, they might be taken by surprise by a river’s current or waves and tides. Take care to test your dog’s swimming ability in a variety of water conditions for their safety and your peace of mind.
Sometimes, getting down to your dog’s level will help you understand his thought process. Dogs that are skittish may be more sensitive to unusual shapes on familiar routes. These things sometimes escape human eyes, since our eye-level is much taller than a dog’s. Try looking at things from his level to get an idea of what’s going on.
Now you see how much you need to put into training a dog. While they are extremely fun to have around the house, they are a lot of work, especially at the beginning. It will be worth it, and you will find you have a new best friend that will love you unconditionally.