When you brought home your dog you were expecting Lassie, but sometimes it feels like you brought Cujo home instead. Don’t worry, with proper techniques even the worst dog can learn to be well behaved.
You should have a specific feeding pattern for your dog. Your dog will begin to recognize there is a routine if you regularly remove the food bowl 10 or 15 minutes after you put it down. This will set a quality schedule for your dog so that they are ready for all meals.
A dog’s name should only be used when positively interacting with the animal. Call the dog’s name to get him to come to your side or call his name when you are serving his dinner. Don’t, however, call your dog’s name when you are unhappy with his or her actions. The dog would negatively associate that with punishment.
Most dogs respond better to positive reinforcement rather than negative punishment. If you’re trying to train your dog, reward him for good behavior and only scold him if absolutely necessary. Your dog will remember the reward for good behavior more distinctly than the punishment for bad behavior, making rewarding more effective.
When you are training a dog, it is crucial that you never use physical punishment when the dog behaves badly or wrongly. Striking your dog won’t teach them to listen to you; it will only teach them to be afraid of you. It may even train them to become aggressive towards people.
Your training sessions should be very short. Dogs don’t have long attention spans so make sure that your training sessions are kept short. Instead, have multiple, short sessions with breaks for playtime in between.
Give your dog love every time you see him. This is especially important if you are upset with his behavior. If you punish him you can actually do the opposite of what you intend to do. He may become less likely to respond to your training. Be nice, even if he just did something that makes you made.
When your dog does not do what you want, tell him “No!” then redirect him. Be patient and calm. Your dog wants to please you, but sometimes dogs just don’t understand what is expected of them. Never hit or yell at your dog. If you yell and hit, your dog will just think you are out of control. You want your dog to trust you and respect you as the pack leader, so stay calm and consistent.
Be consistent when you’re training your dog. Your dog doesn’t understand what your praises mean. Pick one form of praise to use such as: “Good Girl” or “Well Done” and use the same phrase every single time. This will teach your dog that you are praising him or her, and when your dog hears the chosen phrase, he or she will understand it is a compliment.
A great dog training tip is to assume the role of the pack leader. All dogs have a pack mentality. There is typically a pack leader that influences the behavior of the rest of the pack. By acting as the pack leader, your dog will become more obedient.
If your dog is not fond of unfamiliar men, consider this tip to curb Cujo. Keep a jar of treats near the entrance of your home. Bring new people around who love dogs and understand the situation, and have them treat your pooch. They should extend the treat out sideways from their body, without looking at the dog. It’s non-confrontational and teaches the dog that new people are exciting.
Most owners are amazed at how easy it is to incorporate basic dog training into their life and how quickly they start to notice results. If you are feeling some tension and stress with your canine friend, give these helpful hints a chance.