You thought you were bringing home Lassie from the pound, but some days it feels more like you might have brought home Cujo! With some basic training, you can teach your dog to act better quicker.
To achieve the best results when housebreaking a pet, be aware of the food and water he consumes. In order to regulate your dog’s toileting habits, you should feed him a good quality food at the same times each day. This will give you an idea of when to take your puppy out and lessen the chance of accidents.
Do not use shock collars and similar training devices. They often don’t function as well as advertised and are far more expensive than conventional training methods. Also, shock collars may actually hinder your dog’s development and thwart positive behaviors. Using these techniques can have poor results.
Maintain consistent volume and voice tone over time when giving your dog commands. The dog will know you’re telling them what to do that way. Doing this also ensures that your dog will know the difference between your “you’re in trouble” voice and your “do as I say” voice.
You need to make certain your dog is having fun each day during training sessions. Playing with your dog helps build a stronger bond between dog and human, which encourages the dog to respond positively during training. Despite the fun the two of you will have during training, it is important to set aside time that is designated to enjoyment only, with no work or training involved.
Exercise your dog for at least an hour each day in addition to regular outside potty breaks and training sessions. If they are well-exercised, then you will have more efficient training. Keep in mind that a dog that’s been exercised regularly is happier and more responsive to your commands.
When toilet training your dog, try to avoid accidents! Learn to know the things your pet does when it needs to go. Pacing, whining and snuffling are common. If you see your dog doing this, take action immediately. Immediately take your dog outside to the official restroom spot. Praise them for going to the bathroom properly. Your dog will eventually learn how to alert you when it’s time for them to use the restroom.
You will be doing more harm that good if you over train your puppy. Brief, simple, positive training sessions are well-suited to the limited supply of energy and attention a pup has to work with. You want to end the session on a positive note; if you push too hard, he will end up dreading your training sessions.
Start prepping your puppy for training by rewarding his good choices. You will have much better success if you teach a dog properly early on, instead of attempting to break negative behaviors later in their life. If you do not want the dog to beg for table scraps, then never give it any food from the table to start with.
Leash training starts with putting a collar on your puppy while you play. Getting your puppy used to the collar is essential for proper use of the leash and for ensuring that his ID tags are worn just in case he runs off.
When your dog is displaying unwanted behaviors, use water to spray him. A quick spritz instantly deters your dog from the undesirable behavior. Your dog will learn to associate these behaviors with the water and will stop doing them.
You should do some research on the grooming of the dog breed you chose. Weekly or monthly grooming may be necessary for breeds with longer hair; other breeds may be satisfied with a bath only occasionally. Proper grooming results in a cleaner and happier pet, and it cuts down on the occurrence of diseases.
By being consistent in toilet training, you dog will learn to wait until he is outside to relieve himself. Be sure to take your puppy out for scheduled, hourly potty breaks when you’re home. Praise lavishly for pooping and peeing outdoors. Do not punish or yell at your dog for having an accident indoors. He is unaware of the problem, and shouting will be ineffective. Instead, give the pet every chance to succeed by taking it outside as soon as you remove it from the crate and roughly 15 minutes after it eats or drinks.
Dog owners are usually thrilled at the almost immediate results they obtain by implementing some basic training techniques into their lives. If your dog is getting on your nerves, it’s time to put the above tips to use.