Whether you decide to go it alone or get some professional help, training your dog is bound to bring a few moments of frustration. However, do not fret. As long as you have the right information, you can train your dog without too much stress. This article can guide you in the right direction.
If your crate training your new dog or puppy make sure that they understand the crate is their own personal space. Never use the crate as a punishment otherwise they will start to look at it as a bad place and will try to start resisting going inside of it.
If you have to give your dog a verbal correction, be sure that they are sharp, to the point, and short. Do not waste time ranting about how bad your dog is. Firmly say no and redirect them. Let your dog know that if you raise your voice they need to pay attention.
When teaching your dog discipline, regardless of what training method you use, you should always apply it with speed and consistency. Not correcting your dog for bad behavior every single time, sends him mixed signals that may only make the problem worse. Likewise, not correcting your dog immediately, may make it hard for him to understand why you are punishing him.
Dogs learn through reinforcement. When your dog does something you approve of and you would like to train them to do that on command, reward them with your voice. Consider, for example, the dog that unpredictably brings his owner his slippers. The owner should excitedly say the word “slippers” or whatever word they chose as a command for that behavior.
Training your dog to walk on lead takes time. The idea is to have your dog walk obediently beside you without straining, tugging, and pulling from side to side. Correct your dog’s movement with short snaps of the lead that pull sharply and abruptly back against his momentum. He will stop pulling and walk complacently for a time beside you. During this time loosen the lead but when he pulls again snap the lead again.
Most of the time children and dogs get along wonderfully. Children, however, often tend to mimic what they hear adults doing. Don’t let your young child repetitively give commands to your dog. The dog will learn to disregard the command because they know there will be no repercussions for doing so.
Negative methods of training your dog don’t work. Just as with humans, positive reinforcement of behaviors is much more effective. Use praise, treats and play time to show your dog that you are pleased with their performance. If he cannot do what you are asking him, do not punish him or yell at him. He will associate trying to do the task with negativity and will avoid the task even harder the next time.
Training a dog is never a frustration-free endeavor and there will be moments when you may feel like pulling your hair out. Just relax, breathe and know that a well-behaved pup is just around the bend. Now that you are armed with some great information, training your pooch will be a whole lot less stressful.