Training your dog is an important part of dog ownership. Unless you get a mature dog, you will need to potty train your puppy if you don’t want accidents in the house. Probably even more important is to teach your dog that you are his master, and he must obey you.
If you want to have a well behaved dog, make sure that you are filling their most basic needs. They need to have water, food, shelter and love. These are essential to a happy and healthy pet, and only then will they want to or have the energy to let you tell them what to do.
Throughout your dog’s training program, continue to play with them as much as possible. Interacting through games and activities is one way to bond with your pet and relieve stress. Dogs respond much better to people they trust, so go out and throw a ball, play tug of war or just rub their belly.
Your dog’s behavior during walks should become habit through consistency. Teach your dog to focus on you and your physical clues about their behavior. Teaching them to walk with you should come naturally to them if you are leading and demanding the attention of your dog. If you are walking with purpose, it will be emulated by your pet.
When interacting with other dogs, expect a calm, sedate attitude from your pet before letting them go loose. By establishing a calm demeanor in your pet, you will cause a ripple effect through the other animals as well as teaching your dog that you control the environment. This will make it easier to withdraw your dog when it is time to go as well.
When your puppy is 7 to 12 weeks old this is known as the “fear-imprint period’. If your puppy experiences trauma at this time, he may have the fear associated with this trauma for the rest of his life. Because of this, your puppy’s early weeks should include human contact, and contact with other animals. It should also be a positive experience for him, with little punishing, if any at all.
Setup a solid plan for what you want to accomplish with your dog training. If you have goals marked on your calendar it can give you a way to measure your progress with the dog training, and offer you hints about whether or not you would need to change anything in your routine.
You need to show your dog how to properly walk while on a leash. When they walk properly, it makes both of you safer when you both go walking.
The best way to crate train an adult dog is to allow the dog to train himself. Put the crate in a quiet room with a comfortable blanket and a favorite toy inside and leave the dog alone in the room with the crate. This way, the dog learns that the crate isn’t something to be afraid of.
Be generous with rewards when training your dog. Do not be afraid of giving too much praise or too many treats. Rewarding your dog encourages him to continue the behavior that led up to the reward. Do not be afraid of spending too much time with training your dog. It will pay off.
If you do not have the knowlege to train your dog yourself it is wise to take him to obedience school. The instructor will show you how to teach your dog to obey your commands, and as a result, he will be more enjoyable to you and your family, and he will be happier.