Taking on the task of training a puppy is a huge job. However, canine training is important not only for your pet’s safety, but for other people’s safety as well as your property’s safety. It is essential to you and your puppy that you use positive dog training methods. On top of that, you have to stay patient and consistent. Every day, you should devote about half an hour to training your pet as this is the optimal duration for a single session. Any longer than a half and hour and they will lose interest, because dogs do not have very long attention spans.
If you in the crate training phase of your training program, you can use a few techniques to speed it up. If your pet is nervous about the crate, consider putting a toy or treat inside to motivate them to go in. The dog will smell the bone and want to go racing into the crate to eat it. Once in the crate, let them know they did a good job by praising them.
When you do give your dog correction verbally, make those corrections short, sharp and to the point. Don’t scream and yell and throw a fit. Just say no and direct them on what it is you desire for them to do. Pitch your voice in such a way that your dog will recognize your vocalizations as commands.
Be sure to feed your dog healthy foods and treats. A poor diet will negatively affect your dog’s skin, eyes, muscles, bones and joints. It is damaging to their health as well as making them more prone to bad behaviors. By simply improving the diet that the dog gets, you may notice a great improvement in how receptive they will be when it comes to training.
When you start training your dog, develop a verbal cue so that the dog knows precisely when they complete a command correctly. “yes” is a great bridge word between the dogs positive accomplishment and the reward they receive.
If your dog is jumping on you, grab his paws with your hands and gently squeeze them to deter his behavior. This will not harm your dog if done gently, but it will be uncomfortable. They will stop doing this behavior since it will be associated with a negative feeling.
Keep these tips in mind to have a happier dog. The result is that you will have a safer home, property and guests. When you employ training techniques such as those listed here, you will have an easier time training your dog, especially when you practice patience and stay consistent.