Many dogs are placed in shelters since they didn’t behave the way their owners wanted. Often, this can be avoided. Proper training will produce a good well-behaved family dog. It isn’t that hard to have this kind of dog.
Repetition is key to teaching your dog new commands. You might have to keep repeating something to a dog as much as fifty times for it to ‘click’. Try to maintain as much patience as possible, for the sake of your dog.
Before you begin training your dog, you need to establish yourself as the alpha. Put yourself in an authoritative position, so that your dog knows to obey you. Always walk in front, in the leadership position, letting your dog follow behind.
If you approach a dog you do not know, do so slowly. Let the dog sniff the back or top of your extended hand. This gives the dog a chance to become accustomed to your personal scent and shows him you mean no harm. Dogs are more likely to be friendly and obedient if they recognize you.
Make a point to enjoy your time with your dog while you are training. Taking some time to have fun with your dog makes your dog like you more, which means fewer problems when training him. Having fun with your dog during training is one thing, but playing and having fun with your dog outside of training is also necessary.
Be sure to always grab your dog’s attention the same way. Start commands with their name all the time. Use your dog’s name to get his or her attention. Once you do this, tell your dog your command. Dogs often respond to their name immediately and know you intend for them to pay attention.
When you get your puppy, be sure to create a bond to him by helping him learn his name. Use his name frequently, and train him to come to you when called. These are the commands your dog should learn before anything else. Spend plenty of quality time with them, so that they know that they can trust you. This will make him easier to train later.
To reduce the barking of your dog, try getting them used to what causes the barking in the first place. It could be a particular sound or it could be the experience of being in front of other animals or people. Your goal is to show your pet that barking is not an appropriate response to these common stimuli.
As has been proven in this piece, having a dog that is well-behaved, healthy and happy is not an impossibility. Love, attention and training are the key components for a well-rounded dog. Use the tips above to turn your dog into a member of the family.
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