If you’re new to dog training, you might need tips on how to train a dog properly. The following advice can help start you and your dog get on the right path.
Proper and generous rewards are critical to dog training. Treats, toys and praise have to be given in the right doses and at the correct times. This is because dogs tend not to understand what it’s being rewarded for when they do not get it at the proper time.
Make sure that your dog stays awake and active. Dogs can get bored easily. A dog without interest in what you’re doing is more difficult to train. Your dog will be more relaxed and willing to listen if he is exercised frequently. Bring your dog along when you walk or jog.
Your dog may not learn a command right away. It’s very likely to take many repetitions of one command in order for your pup to fully understand it. Try to maintain as much patience as possible, for the sake of your dog.
Every time you speak a command, it should be with the same tone and loudness level. This lets the dog know you are serious. It also helps the dog to understand the difference between a sharp tone for discipline and a sharp but non-punishing command.
If your dog is a jumper, squeeze his paws when he jumps on you to let him know he cannot do this any longer. While this will not seriously hurt the animal, it is certainly unpleasant and therefore makes a powerful statement. Since it is so uncomfortable, they’ll avoid jumping on people.
The daily training sessions with your dog should be fun. When you play with your dog, it strengthens the bond between you and them, thus encouraging the pet to stay positive during training. While you can have fun during training sessions, it’s a good idea to spend a little time simply playing.
If you want to be a good trainer, then you have to be firm and consistent. You should not be yelling at your dog all the time. Be strict only when your dog disobeys or adopts an attitude you do not approve of. This will help develop a strong bond during your training session.
If you use a leash to train your pet, you must ensure that it remains loose rather than taut. Dogs become excited when they are exploring a new area. Their eagerness and energy may cause them to pull on the leash. The smart owner discourages this behavior, teaching the dog to walk with a slack leash instead.
Understand that your every action is teaching your dog and shaping his personality. It is essential to know this because you might inadvertently undo desired behaviors by teasing or engaging your dog in horseplay. Take care to only reward positive behavior.
Hopefully you have a new-found confidence about training your first dog. By using the tips listed above, you will be moving forward in the dog training world.