Your happiness, as well as your dog’s, is based on its training. A training your dog routine makes it easier for you and your dog to understand each other’s expectations. After training your dog, you will feel more comfortable when you have visitors, take him out for walks, or leave him alone at home. The time that you spend training your dog will pay off tenfold.
When you correct your dog verbally, ensure your corrections are direct and short. It’s not good to rant about how bad your dog is. Say NO and redirect your dog to the desired behavior. Let your dog know that if you raise your voice they need to pay attention.
Do your best to keep your dog active through the day. Dogs are easily bored. A dog without interest in what you’re doing is more difficult to train. Your dog will pay better attention to commands, as well as play with you more, when he has been exercised properly. Go for a long walk with your dog.
Learning how to show authority is the foundation of all training your dog. You must command your dog’s respect by being able to maintain discipline, or his obedience will be out of the question. For example, when you walk your dog you must be in front and you should insist your dog follows behind you.
Do not ever use a shock collar to train your dog. They are often scams and, in any case, are completely unnecessary to proper puppy training. In addition, shock collars and related devices can actually irritate your dog and eradicate current good behaviors. Using these techniques can have poor results.
Pick a recognizable phrase to verbalize to your puppy during house training. Every time you take him outside, tell him “go potty,” (use whatever phrase you have chosen) and this will help him learn to focus and remember what he has gone outside to do.
Keep your tone of voice consistent when training dogs. The tone should be firm, so your dog understands that you are issuing a command, not a suggestion. It will also let the dog know the difference between an angry voice, a happy voice and an authoritative voice.
Puppy training can help you set rules for your dog, so it understands the relationship. Once those rules are in place and followed consistently, your dog will have an easier time understanding its role and your needs. Keep reinforcing what you have taught your dog. Make sure he stays on top of what he has learned, and correct any bad behavior. After you have laid the groundwork with your dog, the sky is the limit.