Expect mistakes and setbacks when housebreaking a puppy. Make certain the accidents are cleaned up immediately, so your training efforts cans stay on course. Urine and feces smells will stay in the carpet if you don’t clean them up straight away, causing your dog to go back to the same place to do his business. Check any local stores or pet shops for products that are specifically designed to remove the urine smell from a carpet. If you pour too much information and training into your puppy, it will actually be counterproductive. A puppy has a short attention span and limited energy to focus, so keep your sessions brief and as positive as possible. Your puppy will happier with the experience, and less resistant to your future efforts. He will be looking forward to them instead. The diet you are feeding your dog needs to match their needs and activity level. The diet that is right for a working dog is a lot different from that of a dog that lounges around the house all day. Talk with your vet regarding what is right for your pup and don’t forget their needs will change as they age.
Never try to train a dog while you’re short on patience. If you’ve had a bad day or are unusually short-tempered for some other reason today, it’s better to put off training until another day. Dogs learn more when talked to in a firm, yet calm voice. For enforcing proper behavior when dog training, keep in mind your dog must be praised. Show enthusiasm, smile widely and make sure the dog gets treats after exhibiting the behaviors you want. Do not reward bad behavior; instead correct unwanted behaviors and praise when your dog responds correctly. Monitor your own behavior to ensure you aren’t reinforcing your dog’s negative behaviors by mistake. Don’t give praise or treats to your dog if it does something wrong. Don’t scratch the dogs back, give it a snack or reward it in any way if it jumps, barks or does anything you don’t approve of.
Dog training in reality is a life-long process. Many owners think that once they have taken their puppy or dog through obedience training classes, it is trained for life and they never have to train it again. That’s not the case! Your dog will keep learning from you its whole life. Keep reinforcing the training you have already given it, and you will be rewarded with an obedient dog for life.
In consideration of your training efforts, avoid rough games or anything that mimics in play what you don’t want your dog doing on his own. These games along with chasing games and wresting games encourage the little pup to start biting your hands. There is no way that you want them to exhibit that type of behavior. When they are older you will be able to play those games with them without causing them to act out when not playing the game.
When teaching your dog something that is quite difficult, break it down into stages. One example is having your dog learn to fetch the paper. Teach him to first learn how to hold objects. After he has learned this, train him how to recognize the newspaper by name. The next step is to teach him to pick the object up. At last, he will carry it over to you. When you break down the actions like this, it will be easier to communicate what you want to your dog. Remember that you must respect your dog’s boundaries. The fact is that you cannot change a dog from being a dog. Your dog does not speak English, and you cannot rationalize his behavior with him. Some dogs will have issues so severe that you can only minimize the impact of the issue on their lives. Consult with a trainer about your dog’s specific limitations, and what you can reasonably expect.
To make the most of your dog training efforts, stay consistent. Have a strict list of command words that you always use, and make sure that anybody that associates with your dog knows the command words as well. Also, make sure everyone knows what behavior should be rewarded, and what is considered bad behavior. If different people in your household respond to the dog in different ways, it becomes confusing for the dog and less likely they will respond in the appropriate way. For those dogs that bark for no reason, don’t yell at them. Yelling to correct barking may be positive reinforcement for many dogs because they fail to realize you aren’t reacting to their barking. This causes them to think the barking is the right thing to do, so keep your voice down and distract them instead. Your dog’s diet plays a huge role in their training and establishing a definitive feeding routine is important. Train your dog to understand that you are going to remove their food bowl upon fifteen minutes of feeding them. This will establish a feeding schedule for your dog. Remove the bowl when he is done eating. If you want your do to be house trained, you must make sure that he follows a regular elimination and feeding schedule. Before the dog goes to the bathroom on your carpet, you will know when it has to go outside. When a dog has a schedule, they also learn the valuable skill of “holding it” until you take him for his next scheduled trip outside.
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