All dogs share a similar way of thinking. If a pet owner understands the way that his or her pet thinks, it may be easier to train the animal. This article will provide a little insight into the mind of dogs.
Put yourself in the dog’s situation. It’s easy to get mad if your dog is not doing the basic things you teach it. Do not give up! Switch things up by thinking like a dog. Try to see the world through their eyes.
Keep your dog on a healthy diet. The effects a bad diet has on your dog extend further than you might think. It can not only damage their health, it can also influence their behavior. A simple improvement to their diet will work wonders in how a dog feels, and make it much easier for them to have a clear mind during training.
Dogs tend to concentrate on one thing to the exclusion of everything else unless that concentration is interrupted. Dogs learn by repetition so with continued training, your dog will immediately focus on what you are saying.
When you start puppy training, come up with a verbal cue that will tell your pet they’ve followed your command. Even a simple monosyllabic spoken ‘yes’ can help the dog to connect the desired behavior with the imminent reward.
To house train your dog, you should make sure that your dog follows a regular feeding and elimination schedule. This gives both you and the dog a heads up as to when they need to go outside, and you can make sure that happens before they make a mess indoors. A schedule will train your dog to know when he will get to go out next.
During your training sessions, you should keep a close eye on the time. It is possible that your dog will lose interest if it is made to do the same thing over and over. Keep first training lessons to 10 minutes or less.
Use your dog’s name often to get and keep his attention. When you first get a dog it is important to say his name often, so that he will associate it to himself and will be more apt to pay attention to you when you call it. Select a name that is short and distinctive.
When training a dog to a leash it is important to keep the leash loose. When dogs are going for a walk, they will often want to check out new territory. Your dog might pull on their leash. A smart owner discourages behavior such as this, and encourages the dog to walk without pulling.
Training a dog is a lot easier if the trainer can work from a solid understanding of canine behavior. A person who has this kind of insight can be a more effective trainer. With the right information, one can now be a more effective trainer for their dog.