How To Train Your Dog Tips

by Kelvin Redfield on November 16, 2010

If you are a dog person, there is a high chance that you would rate dogs as the most loyal companions and the most adored creatures in this world. Owning a dog or puppy can provide a fun, exciting and interesting experience to any family. However, this is not the end just to having a dog or puppy in the house as the dog owner should also strive to provide a special education and training to the dogs, so that the dog will have proper manner and well-behaved to be accepted by anyone and the family.

This is why that dog obedience training is important as it would enable your dog to cope better with its surrounding and environment. A proper dog training will award every dog a more comfortable life and easier for them to interact with others in more effective manner. Not only that, the dog training also allow you to spend more quality time with your beloved dogs. As for the lazy dog owners or those who are ignorant about the idea of proper dog training, there is most likely that they going to experience a difficulty time with the misconduct and distressed neighborhood. It is definitely worthwhile to get dog training through for your dog as soon as possible.

There are 2 options of training your dog that you can consider. It is obviously that each method comes with its own pros and cons.

1. Professional Dog Trainer

This probably is the most expensive option that you can find, since you are paying a professional dog trainer to train your dog. The best thing about this option is that you don’t have to go through all the trouble of training your dog by your own, especially when you don’t have the desire to do so in the first place.

2. Training Your Dog By Yourself.

This is the cheapest option by any means for any dog owner can find as you will not spending a single penny on it. The only thing is that you need to put some personal effort and dedication to make it work. But then, it is not a bad thing as this will strengthen your bond between your dog. Needless to say, it also gives you a whole level of satisfaction and fun if you succeed to train your dog to behave properly in the end.

Here are some of the basics and tips for any dog owners who are interested to train their dogs on their own:

Be Consistency

- If you saw your dog doing something wrong, take your time to discipline it. If he continues doing it for 100 times, you discipline it for 100 times. Dogs are not different from children. They learn from the repetition. The more you tell them not to do something, they will learn and remember not to do that thing. Not only that, the command usage also needed to be consistent. It is helps to brief your family members to use the same commands to your dog whenever they want it to do something.

Routine

- Routine probably is the best way to train your dogs. Make sure that you commit making a schedule for them as the established routine (e.g. after waking up, after meals, after a nap or before bedtimes) can increase your dog learning progress with a huge leap.

Be Basic

- Whether that you are being passionate to train your dog right straight away or not, do not start off with the fancy tricks or advanced commands as it will greatly confuse and hinder your dog learning progress. Start from the basics training is the best way for a dog that never participate in any training lesson before.

“Come” Command

- It is a very powerful and useful command if you use it wisely. Never use this “come” for the negative reasons such as you command your dog come to you and then discipline them for something that they did wrong. It is because if you do this, they will be scared to come over to you every time you use the “come” command

“No” Command

- “No” is one of the most useful word in the vocabulary of either dog or man, and you must teach your dog the importance and the meaning of the “No” word. Whenever he does something that you don’t approve or don’t want him to do so, say “No” in slight different tone. This will make your dog remember the word “No” and the tone of the voice that you do not approve his action. Do it in the consistence pace.

Positive Reward

- Every time your dog does something good or pleasant, you should let him/her know that you are agreeing with their action. The most common approach would be giving them a treats. In this way, your dog will understand that doing this is good and they will most likely to do it again because they know that if they do it, they will be rewarded with a treat.

Dominant Behaviors

- If your house has more than one dog, do not let one of your dogs to show dominant behavior towards other dogs. If this happens, you should show to them that this kind of act will not be tolerated. Your objective is to help them to live together as a healthy pack without any trouble or discrimination.

Patience

- The most basic thing that every dog owners should keep in their heart. Do not ever give up or abandon the idea to train your dogs just because it does not work well according to your plan in the first few weeks. It is important to learn how to develop patience as the dog training takes time to achieve the result.

Observation

- Observe and note it down your dog behaviors when it comes to elimination. Listing down the specific time of the day that he usually does “his thing”, so that you can prepare to prevent it to happen.

Go Outside

- Don’t restrict your dog movement. Let it run freely around your garden or courtyard to explore his surrounding. In this way, he will able to pick a spot where he can relieve himself. Keep doing this everyday will slowly make the dog felt comfortable to doing “his thing” outside.

Stay With Him

- It is advisable not to leave your dog alone in the early stage of training. Always stick at his side until he finish his training as leaving him alone might create distractions for him and disrupt the training in the mid-way. Staying at his side will keep him to focus on what is the correct thing to do.

Avoid Dog Training When You Are Angry

- Never ever try to train your dog when you are angry or emotional. If your dog did something unpleasant to you, please wait until you able to distance yourself from being emotional. The reason is because if you are angry during the dog training process, your dog will be distracted by your state and not able to be concentrate on your lesson. In fact, it might even try to provoke you further.

Don’t be Harsh On The Dog

- As much as you want train your dog to be successful and well-behaved dogs immediately if possible, it takes time. Some dogs may take longer time to learn. So whenever he makes a mistake, avoid being cruel and harsh to your dog. Restrain yourself to slap or beat them with your newspapers or harder objects as this might create a “scar” in their heart.

Never Use Ammonia-based-cleaners

- Avoid using the ammonia-based cleaners as it smells a lot like urine. Dogs have the tendency to pee on the places where there is urine.

Don’t Train Your Dog to Exhaustion

- It is important to keep a schedule in the mind and don’t over-train your dog to the state of exhaustion to absorb all of your teaching and training, since that the attention span of animal varies a lot from humans as they might have shorter attention spans, especially the puppies. It is advisable to stick with one command or skill at a time and do not forget to repeat it in the next training schedule.

Start From The Puppy If Possible

- It is always recommended to start training your dog when he is a puppy (at least 6 months old) because you don’t have to worry about fixing the existed problem behaviors and able to 100% focus on teaching him. Simply put, the effort to training your dog in puppy state is a lot easier than training a mature dog. Don’t get me wrong. You still can train adult dogs, but it needs more effort and patience for it.

Use Training Collar If Necessary

- It is pretty much straightforward. If you find that your dog is difficult to control, by all means, switch to a training collar.

Avoid Yelling At Your Dog

- During the dog training, you should never try to yell at your dog when it does the mistakes. Instead of yelling, use a calm, authoritative voice to train your dog as the yelling make you seem out of control and will reduce the overall effectiveness of your training efforts.

Show Him Who Is The Boss

- When you are training your dog, make sure you draw a line that you are trainer first, friend second. You need to be strict with your dog during the training so that there won’t be any ambiguity about the seriousness of what you want him to do for you.

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