If you want to be happy with your dog and you want it to be happy, training is essential. When your dog is trained, both of you know what you can expect. Once he is trained, you will have less worry when you leave him home alone, have visitors or take him out in public. Although it is time consuming teaching and training your dog, the time you invest in your dog will pay off.
Gradual increments are easiest on your dog when going through crate training. Eventually they will become comfortable with the crate and you can then try to shut the door to the crate. When they allow the door to shut you can give them a treat through the wiring. Only keep the gate closed for short periods of time at first and increase time slowly. Freaking out your dog is a sign that you need to slow down.
Timing is of the utmost importance when it comes to training your dog, so make sure you spend lots of time training, but don’t overdo it. Start by having a shorter training session and add a little more time daily. When the animal appears to lose interest, you will know which duration produces the best results per session.
Make sure your dog is up and active often. When dogs have nothing to do, they can get bored. When dogs feel bored, they are much more stubborn when it comes to training. Dogs are more inclined to obey when they are regularly taken out for exercise and happily accepted as a member of your family. It is a great idea to take your dog out on runs or walks through the neighborhood.
Dog training establishes the rules of a dog/owner relationship and once the rules have been set down, both you and your dog will have a much more enjoyable relationship. It is important that you are always reinforcing what you have taught your dog. Keep his training consistent and watch for any issues with his behavior. Once the basic puppy training skills are mastered, the world is your oyster when it comes to working with your dog.