Dog owners who are responsible know that good dogs are not made, they’re trained. Dogs who are well trained tend to be happier. They know what to expect and when to expect it. This also provides a safer environment for you, the dog, and your neighbors. Here are some useful tips on finding a proper trainer, or becoming a good one yourself.
It is important that you also train your dog at mealtime with a specific routine. Feed your dog at the same time everyday and giving your dog fifteen minutes to eat will help your dog remember when it is time to eat. Your dog will learn to eat in a few minutes instead of going back to the food bowl all day long.
Most of the time children and dogs get along wonderfully. Children, however, often tend to mimic what they hear adults doing. Don’t let your young child repetitively give commands to your dog. The dog will learn to disregard the command because they know there will be no repercussions for doing so.
Training your puppy should start as early as 6 weeks old. The earlier you can start training your new pup, the better the results will be. Studies have found that dogs are the most receptive to training from 6 to 14 weeks old so use that time wisely.
When you are working on commands with your dog, work only on one command at a time, and only say the command one time. Do not say the command word more than once. Your goal is for your dog to obey the command immediately. You don’t want to have to say the same thing over and over.
Socialization skills are an important part of a well-rounded training program for any canine companion. Learning to get along with adults, children and other pets makes for a happy dog that is welcome in his surroundings. Socializing your dog is easy and can be incorporated into your daily activities. An evening dog walk, trip to the park or visit to the pet store can provide a great opportunity to expose your dog to short interactions with neighbors and their pets, while getting much needed exercise and bonding time with you.
Stop a training session with your dog if you become angry with it. If you are angry at your dog, will not be able to train it fairly. You may be especially prone to dishing out unnecessarily harsh punishments, causing your dog to fear you rather than learn anything from that training session.
Start training your dog as early in its life as possible, but not younger than about seven weeks. This helps build an early bond between you as the owner and trainer and the dog. However, starting too early will simply overstress the dog; a very young puppy won’t learn anything from training sessions.
We hope these tips will help you and other people enjoy your dog to the fullest. Proper training makes dog ownership more rewarding and less stressful. Whether you train your dog yourself, or hire a professional, the fact that your dog is being trained is of the utmost importance.