Here are some simple and useful “how to dog training tips” I hope will make good use of them.
Listen” to your dog and observe his reactions
If your dog is not comfortable with something, like for example saying hello to a stranger, then do not force him to do it. If your dog is really scared about something and you force her to do it, this might create much bigger problems later on. There is a reason why your dog is scared and you must careful and gradually make her try new things and overcome her fear.
Dogs love affection soo give her lots of it.
Affection is really important to dogs so give them lots of it. Giving a dog lots of attention and affection when they are doing well is a great way of motivating them and making them happy. This way they will associate doing “the right thing” with something positive.
Is the dog treats really tasty?
Make sure that your dog really likes the “treats” you give him. If you are using treats to reward your dog for doing well then you must be sure he really wants them. Just try different things and observe his/reaction. Some dogs can be fuzzy with what they eat and do not like everything you give them.
Show your dog what you want him to do
Sometimes when you say No to your dog, your dog does not understand what it is that he should stop doing. If your dog is jumping on someone and you want him to stop, first tell him no and then tell him to stop. That way you are being very clear by first saying no and then showing your dog what he should do instead.
Dog training requires patience. Training a dog takes time. You should have realistic expectations on what you can teach your dog and how long it will take. That being said, almost anything is possible and most problem behaviors can be fixed even if you have an older dog. However the longer a dog has shown a certain behavior the longer it will take to fix it. If you can stop an unwanted behavior early then it will be much easier and faster to correct.
The most difficult things to sort out are usually those things that are natural to a dog. That is for example barking, chewing and digging. All these are natural behaviors to your dog. They can not be stopped completely as this is something he is born to do. However it can be controlled and/or redirected. If your dog is chewing your furniture you show your dog something that it is allowed to chew instead. Thus you redirect your dogs chewing instead of stopping it.
Consistancy is the key to success
Talk to all members of the family and get them involved in the training. If your dog is not allowed on the sofa and someone is telling her off when she does while another family member lets her stay there, then the dog will not understand what she should do. Everybody in the family needs to be consistent and apply the same rules. Consistency is the key to success.
Reinforce good behavior, not bad
When it comes to dog training, the golden rule is to reinforce good behavior and make sure not to encourage bad behavior. For example if you want your dog to do something, like for example come to you when you call, you call your dog and when she comes to you, you give her lots of affection and attention and maybe a treat. Your dog will thus learn that doing the right thing will be rewarded. On the other side of the coin, don’t give your dog too much attention when it is doing something bad. No point in yelling or chasing your dog. Just say NO and then ignore your dog for a while. Remember show your dog what to do by encouring good behavior and ignoring bad behavior.
Using treats to reinforce good behavior
Treats can be an effective way to reinforce good behavior in a dog. Whenever a dog receives a positive reaction from something it does it will continue to do it. So if you give the dog a treat when you call him and he comes to you, he will remember and next time you call him he will come back to you.
This works in most training situations. Important to give the treat immidiately after your dog has performed the good action so that he will associate the good action with the treat. With time you can give treats less often and alos substitute them with affection and caresses. Just make sure your dog is not getting too fat from all the treats. There are plenty of low calorie dog treats out there so this should not be a problem.
Gradually increase your dog’s freedom at home
When your new dog arrives at your home be careful to keep an eye on him/her constantly. You should observe your dog and gradually increase its level of freedom. A new dog (and especially a puppy) might get into danger unless you are there to control it. Electric cables is one thing for example. Destructive chewing is another issue that might occur. If needed you could put your dog in a crate or seal off certain parts of your house with baby gates. Doing soo will facilitate controlling your dog or puppy.
I hope you found these “dog training how to tips” useful. More tips on dog training will come soon. If you have any questions, experiences or tips to share, please leave them below.