Getting a new dog is a very exciting time, however, it is pretty much like having a newborn baby at home. There is a lot involved when you first get a dog. Sometimes it could feel a little bit overwhelming. However, the tips you will find in this article will help get you on your way to an obedient little dog.
Allowing your dog to socialize is a crucial part of training. Some negative pet behaviors come about when dogs have not been introduced to new people (including children), other animals, or a variety of settings. Helping your dog become comfortable with new experiences lessens the chance that your dog will fear or act aggressively in a new situation.
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When it is time to leash train your new dog or puppy, you must let him know that you are boss. Punishment does nothing but make him afraid of you and it doesn't actually correct the behavior. One thing that you should do, is make a short leash so that he has to stay right by your side. Do not let him lead you. You are the leader, not him.
Time your rewards properly. Timing is crucial when training a dog. Dogs have very short attention spans, and waiting too long to reward a good behavior or punish a bad one will end up doing more harm than good. For example, when training a dog to “quiet” when barking, rewarding too soon after the barking will serve to reinforce the barking instead of the stopping. When you give the “quiet” command, wait a second or two, and then treat and praise “” ensuring your dog knows that it is the calm behavior that is being rewarded.
When training your dog, take some time to think about how your dog sees the world. Learning to see the world from your dog's perspective helps you understand your dog better so you can train more effectively. Getting in your dog's head may seem like hocus pocus, but it really helps you train more effectively.
Never cave in to bad behavior. Your dog will always love you, but it needs to know that you're the boss. Don't encourage bad behavior and let your dog know that any such behavior will be met with punishment. At the same time, make sure you reward good behavior as well.
Allow your puppy to interact with other dogs. Puppies are often taken away from their siblings when they are quite young, before they have had the chance to learn how to naturally interact with other dogs. The majority of what a dog initially learns is through its family members. Once your puppy has all the appropriate shots, allow him to spend time with other dogs.
When you are training your dog, realize that learning for dogs needs to be continuous, as it would be with humans. Don't stop working with your dog once they master the commands you teach them. Make them work towards new skills, and this will in turn perfect the initial skills they learn.
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.
Understand that training takes time. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking a dog is 'untrainable' when things don't go according to plan immediately. Some dogs respond to commands sooner than others, and it is usually according to breed and age. If you have adopted an older dog, it may take a long time, as he will already be set in his ways. Remember to be patient, and understand that a dog always wants to please his owner in the long run.
When you are training your dog, remember to take frequent breaks and not try to teach too much all at once. Your dog will quickly become overwhelmed and refuse to follow directions if the training period is too long. So ensure your sanity and your dogs by teaching in small increments.
If you want your dog to be on his best behavior, you have to learn and understand the many dog training techniques that really work. These tips are just a start to a wonderful new world of strategies that could be used for optimal results in dog training on your own.