Dog owners buy their pet expecting things to turn out well. Yet, all too often things don’t go as expected and the dog is given to an animal shelter. This doesn’t need to be the cause, though. A well trained dog can become a happy, healthy, and well adjusted member of the family. As long as you are willing to put the time in, training your dog can be an easy and fun process.
If you want a well-trained dog, you must be willing to offer generous and appropriate rewards. It’s very important to provide treats at the proper time. This is because a dog does not always understand what it is being rewarded for if they do not receive their treat at the right time.
Your dog should always give you its attention when asked. If you keep up with his training, your dog will look to you more often for direction rather than looking to the environment.
If you intend to use a crate in puppy training, make sure the crate is an appropriate size for your dog. Keep in mind, puppies do not stay small forever. Choose a crate that can grow with him. At full size your dog should be able to move around without feeling too constricted.
Training needs to continue during the dog’s life. Just because a dog becomes more mature doesn’t mean it cannot learn new things. By continually reinforcing obedient behaviors and disciplining negative behaviors, you will have a dog that behaves appropriately.
Let your dog get used to triggers that make them bark to reduce the behavior. It may be as simple as a sound or being in close proximity to other animals. Your dog will understand that there is no need to bark in these situations.
As this article has already mentioned, it is not impossible to have a dog that is well-adjusted, happy and healthy. Making sure to train your dog, show it lots of love and care, and remember that his or her happiness is important. Use the tips above to turn your dog into a member of the family.