Use These Tips To Help Your Dog

Dog Training – Jan 2009
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Everyone is susceptible to having their heart stolen by a puppy. If you’ve started considering getting one, congratulations! Of course proper training is key to maintaining a healthy relationship with your dog. Your pet will know what is expected, and you will have confidence in them – whether you are at home or not. You and your pet can have a fantastic friendship if you apply the following tips.

One of the most important things in training is teaching your dog to come back to you. Your dog must always return when called. Your dog will learn that he is to come to you even when there are distractions after time. Training on proper recall can be time consuming, but it is essential and potentially life-saving for your dog. Don’t skimp on training in this area!

If you want your dog to be more agile, make sure you have chosen a breed suited for it. Many dogs can learn tricks and try their best, but if you want a dog that is good at competing, Shetland sheepdogs and Labs are a couple good examples of agile dogs.

Choose a crate that corresponds to the size of your dog to facilitate its training. Puppies will grow up quite quickly. You must be able to accommodate the growth your puppy will experience as he ages. A larger crate allows for continued comfort and happiness. Generally speaking, your pet should be able to circle, sit and sleep without discomfort.

Don’t reward or ignore bad behavior because you want to put a stop to it. The dog will only learn that it is the boss. When a dog barks, never reward it, for example.

Never get angry at your pet. Remember that in a teacher/student relationship, the student is only as good as the teacher.

You must remain flexible when it comes to training. Flexibility gives you benefits whenever you come across an area where your dog struggles. This allows you to adjust your training methods to whatever works best for your dog.

Teach your dog to learn ‘down’. This command is a basic one that can be built upon. If your dog responds promptly to the DOWN command, it will serve you well. It could save his life in potentially dangerous encounters.

Never stop training your dog. You do not have to stop training them as a puppy. If you reinforce good behavior, your dog will be obedient, and he will stop being negative as long as he is being disciplined.

Sometimes dogs bark for nothing more than boredom. Whenever your dog barks due to boredom, understand that this is your fault, not your dog’s. This means he doesn’t have enough physical and mental stimulation during the day. Play with the dog, walk him and exercise him frequently. During the times that you can’t do these things, make sure you dogs have some chew toys to distract themselves.

Realize the limitations of an older dog. When you adopt a dog who is already an adult, you won’t be able to train them as fully as a puppy. If you decide to take on an older dog, be aware that they are used to routines and will have certain habits. Although you may be able to teach an older dog new habits, there may be some habits that cannot be changed.

You should have picked up some great tips in this article for use with your own pet. Use the tips that suit your situation best. You love your dog and want the best for all involved. To have a successful relationship with your dog, you must provide good training. It is important that your dog be well trained. Congrats on your new companion!

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