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Ways On How You Can Effectively Train Your Dog

TrafficSwarm member since January 2013
Dogs have walked faithfully beside man throughout recorded history. In the modern era, when the Internet brings vast swathes of information within everyone's reach, dog owners have more resources than ever on training their pets to behave according to their wishes. Here are just a few handy ideas for getting the most out of the dog-training process. Start slowly if you have an aggressive dog. A sudden change in your behavior can be seen as a challenge if your dog already considers himself to be the alpha dog in the pack. Make sure that you don't approach with aggressive behavior or it will take a lot longer to get your dog in an accepting, learning mindset. Make sure to use your normal tone of voice while training your dog. It is important not to shout, because your pet will begin to expect you to speak in that manner while instructing him. You do not want to fall into the pattern of having to shout commands at your dog to get him to listen. Not showering your dog with enough positive reinforcement when he does good, will reduce the power you have over him in training. Since dogs love attention, giving them plenty of it, provides him with incentive to listen to you. If all he ever hears from you is what not to do, he is not getting any encouragement, only discouragement, so be sure to reward him with praise often. Being patient, yet persistent and assertive is the key to training your dog to behave well. Obedience comes with rewards and punishments, and you can't give up or the dog won't change. Make sure the dog gets time outdoors to play and expend energy, and realize that it takes time to train. When you are training your dog, it's important to realize that learning for dogs needs to be continuous, as it would be with humans. Don't stop working with your dog once they master the commands you teach them. Make them work towards new skills, and this will in turn perfect the initial skills they learn. It is important to understand that training your dog will require a lot of patience and repetition. It often takes a dog between 25 and 50 repetitions before they are able to learn a new command. Getting frustrated will only delay your results and may hurt your relationship with your pet. When training a dog, rewards are much more effective than punishment. Use low calorie treats or pieces of boiled chicken to reward good behavior. Once the dog has learned the behavior you're trying to encourage, you only need to reward with treats occasionally. Always reward with praise and affection! The top mistake any dog owner can make during training is giving up. Giving up too quickly and too easily means that you've given up on your dog's abilities. Your dog needs time, patience, and consistency to grow. Continue working on behaviors in small doses. Your pooch is eager to please, so let him work alongside you. When training your dog, it is always of utmost importance that you do not punish them for what they have done. It is better to positively reinforce them when they do something correct, rather than punish them when they do something wrong. If you do this they will not become skittish whereas they would if you punished them. Set goals for training your dog. Decide what time of day you will work with your dog and how long you will work. Decide exactly what you want to work on, and be consistent. Work on the same things, in the same way, at the same time every day until mastered. Once you have accomplished one goal, build on it by adding something new. Don't skip around or be inconsistent. This is confusing for your dog. To keep your dog safe as you enter and exit the home, teach him to wait at doorways, and not move through a door until you give him a cue. Start by standing next to the door, saying the word "wait", and then slowly open the door. If your dog tries to rush forward, immediately close the door again. Remind him to "wait" and then try to open the door again. Keep repeating this until your dog learns that the only way you will open the door is if he waits without rushing. Choose a consistent command or sound to use when training your dog not to bark. Make sure everyone in the household knows the command or sound to use and applies it consistently. Dogs learn better with consistency and when everyone in the dog's household gives a consistent message, unwanted barking can be eliminated faster. An easy way to stop a puppy from biting is to act hurt when he or she nibbles at you. By startling your puppy with a noise and leaving the room, your puppy begins to learn that biting has negative consequences in the form that you will stop playing with it. You won't have to use dog treats forever to train your dog. As time goes by and your dog starts to learn, their obedience will increase and they will obey your orders as a habit as opposed to an action that gets rewarded with treats. It is also nice to use one form of praise when your dog performs as you asked. Dogs can have an annoying habit of jumping up on you or company out of sheer excitement. An effective way to help your dog to learn that this is not a proper greeting is to gently place your hand on his chest, shove him away and firmly say "Off!" Then you can offer him a greeting by calling him back at your invitation for a friendly pat on the head! The dog-owner relationship is as old as history itself, and it is not going away any time soon! With information of the kind that has been presented here, dog owners can find the perfect training strategy to make their dog-training experience a successful and happy one.

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