7 Dog training tips
Today’s article covers 7 dog training tips to help you train your best friend.it’s important that all dogs learn the basics of obedience. This help protects them, you and other animals at all times. Imagine your dog running off in a filed toward another dog, I mean we’ve all been there at some point, but, then being able to call your dog, it listens and comes back is something very handy to have.
all dogs should start training as soon as they reach 8 weeks old.although they have a very short attention span at that age so don’t be too hopeful of having them picking stuff up straight away. this means gently breaking them into house rules, potty training, getting used to the words yes and no. gently bringing them into an understanding of training and the process.let’s take a look at some handy tips for training your dog.
dogs love food, maybe a little more than humans. if they learn that food is available then they will pay attention.that’s what makes training that little bit easier for us. and treats are your valuable aid when training. Think ahead and get in some of their favourite treats. something really flavour full. You know what your dog likes and their favourite stuff so bear that in mind.
You can always cut the treat down to smaller sizes to get more value for money with regards to training. If you can not constantly afford to buy treats as they can work out to be expensive thin of making your own. or use tiny pieces of cheese. it’s more about the taste so the treats don’t need to be big at all. say the size of your little fingernail as a guide.
keep your cool
Training can be a long process.made longer if you keep getting frustrated. Never lose your temper or shout at the dog when your training. this should be something that both of you look forward to. a fun and enjoyable experience. if its something the dog learns to fear because you lose your cool its a process that will take longer and sometimes never happen. If you feel yourself losing your patience then take a time out maybe leave it for the day.
Your dog never sets out to annoy you on purpose. so getting mad at them just adds to the confusion. you should always use a stern voice when training. but don’t confuse this with shouting or anger. it should be a lower than normal tone directing it at the dog at all times.
make sure everyone that surrounds the dog on a daily basis knows the rules and everyone’s is on board. to help with training and to progress things quicker it’s very important that rules and training are always enforced. if someone doesn’t follow along and lets the dog do something it isn’t supposed to then the dog will become confused as its getting mixed signals.
so if the dog is not allowed on a certain sofa then everyone needs to be on board with telling the dog no. when people start to slip then this is where confusion sets in. sets rules and boundaries with training and everything is so much smoother.
keep your sessions between 15-20 minutes long. This should give you ample time to practice the current command. any longer and your dog and likely you also will begin to become uninterested. after a few sessions time will fly by and you’ll begin to notice your dogs threshold for when they have had enough. Keep an eye on this as this will help you know when to call it a time out, maybe do a little more later that day or start again tomorrow. My dog usually lets me know when he’s had enough just by walking away. that’s it. no more. I’m done.
always try and find a nice quiet spot to do your training. Somewhere free from distractions and enough space for you and the dog to practice whatever command you are besting at the time. sit and lay require very little space and the commands of come and fetch require a little more. but this all depends on your dog the size and training ability.
it’s all ways good to mix up the training a little bit. different places and different commands to learn. the possibilities are limitless. By practicing in different surroundings, you know your dog has a good grasp of something when it doesn’t get distracted.
be the alpha
all dogs need a leader. a pack leader. you need to assert your dominance as soon as they are young. no that doesn’t mean peeing on them. it means being in control. dogs are dominant or not.thats nature.dogs will always look for a pack leader, someone stong with direction. that’s you.someone that can protect the pack that’s you also. now if you aren’t stern enough then your dog will look to start dominating you. and that’s when the trouble really begins. start as you mean to go on and begin being the dominant one, the pack leader.
end the training session with a fun game
make sure to end each session with a fun game or some playtime. your dog will begin to realise that as well as treats and getting to hang out with you while you keep asking him to sit there’s also a game of fetch, tug of war or just a plain old wrestle match. They will learn that after the training is done, more fun is to be had and it reinforces the fact that training is a good thing, something fun.
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