Canine Training Is For Everyone And Every Dog

TIP! Look at it in your dog's point of view. You need to exercise patience with your pet, even if you think he should be learning at a faster rate.

Congratulations on being a new dog owner. You will find this is a very rewarding experience, but knowing what to do next can be stressful. If you train your dog the right way he will be much happier. The following tips will tell you what you need to know for effectively training your pooch.

Dogs only have the ability to focus on one thing at a time. With enough training, you will have your dog focusing solely on your signals.

"Leave it" is a command that should be taught and reinforced early on. This command is a great way to avoid damaging furniture or eating dangerous things.

TIP! As your dog responds to his training, you can begin to allow him more freedom. Balancing obedience and liberty make dogs feel very satisfied.

Call for your dog the same way every time. Use your dog's name when giving a command. Give a simple command after beginning with the dog's name. Dogs listen for their name because they know it means you will say something else.

TIP! When getting closer to a dog, move slowly and let the dog smell your hand. This gives the dog a chance to become accustomed to your personal scent and shows him you mean no harm.

Always train your dog with positive reinforcement. Use a happy tone when you are rewarding your dog; pet him a lot, and give him a little treat once in a while. Don't yell and/or hit your dog. This makes the dog think you are imbalanced. Stay consistent and use positive reinforcement.

TIP! Use your dog's name often to ensure you have its attention. Make sure to use the dog's name constantly when you first have him, so he can make the connection with his name and paying attention.

To maintain solid behavior, lifelong training is important. A dog still learns, even as an adult. If you reinforce good behavior, your dog will be obedient, and he will stop being negative as long as he is being disciplined.

TIP! Wearing out a puppy with too much training and information, will be extremely counterproductive. Puppies have short attention spans and don't focus well, so make sure to keep your training sessions short, but as positive as you can.

When you speak to your dog in the correct tone of voice, this is the best way to train your dog. Giving a command or correcting a negative behavior requires an authoritative tone, while praise can be softer. Commands must be sharp and firm, corrections should be loud and praise should be given in a natural tone.

TIP! Remember not to reward your dog for bad behavior when they do something negative. You will show your dog that they can get over on you.

In order to encourage good behavior during training, praise is critical. Get excited, smile, and give treats to help your dog relate the good behavior to something positive. Don't even give praise or treats when the dog doesn't follow your commands or you will destroy what you're trying to achieve.

TIP! Try teaching your dog the command of "down". This is a command that is great as a foundation for other commands, and can also be used alone in emergencies.

As part of good training, you should learn if your dog's breed requires special grooming. Dogs coats vary from very short to coats that have to be regularly groomed. Having your dog groomed keeps them content, clean and limits their susceptibility to disease.

TIP! It might be tough, but patience at all times is key. Dogs don't understand English and he isn't a person.

Avoid reacting the wrong way toward unwanted behavior. If you seem to be amused by unacceptable behavior, your dog will assume his behavior is acceptable and will do it again. This can only result in slow, ineffective and frustrating training sessions. No matter whether or not your dog is entertaining, you need to consistently correct them.

TIP! Always be consistent when you are training your dog. Make a list of all your commands, and ensure that anyone who might have to control your dog has this list.

If you catch your puppy gnawing on an object that doesn't belong to them, stop the behavior right away. This will help your puppy understand what is acceptable and what is off limits.

Older Dogs

TIP! If you want to teach your puppy how to sit on command, wait until he is not sitting and present a treat. Pass the treat directly above his head, moving your hand behind him.

Older dogs aren't the same as puppies. Older dogs won't be trained perfectly. They'll always have some quirks that need to be embraced. Understand that if your dog is older, he or she is going to have things already set into their minds that is going to be virtually impossible to remove. You're likely to encounter some opposition, so it's best to focus your training efforts on eliminating only the most problematic behaviors. The rest should be negotiable.

TIP! Dogs must see the vet at least once per year. If your dog suddenly regresses in training, take him to the vet to make sure there isn't a health issue.

Do not permit your dog to pull you around. You have to lead them, nothing else will do. Use a short leash and keep your dog close to your side, pulling it back when it begins to lead and telling it to heel. Understand that you are the one in charge, not your dog.

TIP! Try using a shake-can during training. Take an empty can of soda, place some spare change in it, and seal it up.

If you want to be successful at dog obedience training, you must be willing to commit to a specific amount of time on a consistent basis. Dogs need consistency and repetition to learn. Simply being with your dog on a regular basis will help him to recognize you as someone who is reliable and consistent. This will help him start to see you as a leader.

Positive Reinforcement

TIP! Focus on the dog's signals about what he doesn't want. When your dog seems uncomfortable, keep people or animals away.

Always reinforce positive behavior in your dog. With positive reinforcement, you do not have to punish your dog if he does something that you do not want him to do. You should just avoid reinforcing any negative behaviors. Negative reinforcements may cause the dog to fear you. Positive reinforcement is the best way to get your dog behaving the way you want.

TIP! Get everyone in your house on the same page regarding dog training. For instance, your dog is going to get confused if you are saying "drop it" after he fetches a stick and your child tells him "let go.

A well trained dog is a happy dog, and owners of well trained dogs are pretty happy too. These tips can give you the info you will need to get on the right track to train your dog.