Stop Having Trouble Training Your Dog

TIP! When correcting your dog verbally, use sharp, short, concise commands. There's no point in ranting at your dog.

There are many different reasons dogs are trained. Dogs are trained as assistants to the handicapped or ill, some are trained as specialized hunting dogs, some perform work and others are trained to be good, pleasurable house pets. Dogs want to please their master. This is why most breeds of dogs make wonderful pets. Use the following tips and advice for ways to make it easier to train your dog.

TIP! If you want a well-trained dog, you must be willing to offer generous and appropriate rewards. It is essential that your dog get treats at the proper times and in the correct amounts.

When training your dog, try to avoid reinforcing negative behavior. This means you must not reward your dog with attention or treats for doing something you don't want it to do. For example, don't rub your dog's head when they jump up at you and when you come in the door if you don't want them to jump.

TIP! Do not tether two dogs close to each other. The two chains could get tangled up.

Showing him that you are in control is the first lesson to teach your dog. You need to establish your authority, or he will ignore your commands. Never allow your dog pull on the leash while you are on a walk.

TIP! When house training your dog, be sure your dog has a predictable feeding and elimination routine. This makes it clear to your dog that he has to go outside and poop now, instead of stinking up your carpet.

Keep treats on hand to reward your pet for doing good. The first step is a simple "lay" command. The next step is to palm the treat and hold your hand beside your dog's head. Slowly raise the treat over your dog's head to the opposite side. The dog ought to follow his treat with the nose, prompting him to flop his entire body over. As he is rolling over, give the "roll over" command, and do this repeatedly until he can roll over with just the command and without the treat. Be patient with him when you are teaching this because once he learns it, he can be quite the show-off amongst your friends.

TIP! Primary reinforcement should be used when dog training. This technique uses things that your dog loves as rewards.

Use positive reinforcement when you are training your dog. If you are happy with your dog, give him pets, happy words and the occasional treat. Never shout towards your dog, nor ever hit or physically strike him. Your dog will not respond well to these methods and will not understand what you want them to do. Firmness, positivity and consistency are the keys to solid puppy training.

Training your dog requires you to be firm and authoritative. Try not to yell though, as negative reinforcement does not work. Doing so improves the relationship between you two.

TIP! Using a loose leash is key when you are training your dog to accept a leash. Dogs become excited when they are exploring a new area.

To limit your dog's barking, see if you can acclimate them to whatever triggers their barking. Some dogs bark in response to a specific sound, whereas others become excited in the presence of other people or dogs. Your dog can learn he doesn't have to bark.

TIP! You should be sure to respond positively when your dog does something good. Talk in a positive voice, smile and offer your dog some treats when it does something right.

Be aware of the other dogs when taking yours for a walk. Not all dogs are friendly, and not all owners are responsible. Keep your dog at a distance from angry or aggressive dogs.

TIP! If traveling with your dog, be sure to pack all of the things you will need to keep him happy on your travels. Bring food and water bowls, waste baggies and treats for a good trip.

When your dog is displaying unwanted behaviors, use water to spray him. Your dog will understand that this action means that the behavior is unacceptable. Your dog will instead focus on good behaviors with more positive outcomes.

TIP! "Down" is an important command for dogs to learn. This command is useful to build upon, or on its own in emergency situations.

You should do some research on the grooming of the dog breed you chose. Different dogs require different levels of grooming, with some needing little and some needing a lot. Properly grooming your dog is important to keep them content and healthy.

TIP! When you are using your dog's name negatively while scolding him, be sure to repeat it several times lovingly as well. Your dog must know that his name is something good so that he won't be afraid to come when called.

Make sure your dog knows right from wrong in all instances. Everyone in your house needs to set these boundaries too. This will undermine your efforts and make you work twice as hard to train your dog.

Your dog should be challenged regularly. Give him "quizzes" to make sure he still knows his stuff, even if you both know he does.

TIP! Never let your dog pull you. You should lead him, he should not lead you.

Consistency is imperative when training a dog. You have to use the same words, tone of voice, reward system and do your training in the environment in which the commands will be given normally to ensure the dog picks up what you're trying to teach it.

TIP! Big dogs that like to stretch out or lie on their backs need a big bed. You can buy your dog a bed specially designed for bigger dogs, or buy a mattress for a crib instead.

You need to reinforce that you are in charge by never chasing the dog with a ball and instead making it always bring the ball back to you. If the dog drops it nearby and you retrieve it, the dog feels as though he has the leadership role. By teaching your dog that he is the one who must bring you the ball, he can be aware of what is expected out of him.

Older Dog

TIP! One of the ways to make a dog more easy to train is to have the dog fixed at six months. This should go hand in hand with the start of obedience classes.

While it is definitely possible to teach an older dog new tricks, you want to be mindful of medical issues or conditions that may limit his ability to engage in some behaviors. You cannot require an arthritic older dog to crawl or do other stunts a younger dog could do, for example. Even older dogs can benefit from some good old training. That said, don't overdo it and cause them any discomfort as you exercise them.

TIP! Like people, different type of dogs may respond to different types of training. For instance, a peaceful, quiet dog responds better to positive reinforcement, while a dog that has more aggressive behavior might require negative reinforcement to realize that you are the leader.

As you can see, pets are trained for many different reasons. You will undoubtedly enjoy your dog more when he is trained, and he also will thrive with the ability to please you. Use the above advice to help your dog reach its full potential.