Aggressive behaviors, excessive barking and general disobedience are annoying to a dog owner. These bad habits can be changed. In cases when these behaviors can’t be completely eliminated, they can be minimized by using these tips. With dedicated effort, it is possible to transform any dog into a perfect pet.
Your dog needs an hour or more of exercise every day along with any training or bathroom breaks. If they are well-exercised, then you will have more efficient training. As they say, a healthy dog will respond well to training.
Learn to understand your dog and the different signals it will give when he is unhappy. If you see your dog is in an uncomfortable situation, do not force anything. Your dog is trying to tell you that he or she is uncomfortable, so take the warning seriously. If you push or force him, he may become a fear-biter.
Old habits die hard, even in dogs. When the dog has bad habits in place, it’ll be hard to change the behaviors, but you can with perseverance. Getting your dog to behave in a certain way is easier if you reinforce this behavior while your dog is still a puppy.
Keeping your dog outdoors when you are not home is a good way to prevent chewing. When this isn’t possible, you want to provide things that both appeal to your dog and that are okay for the dog to chew on. Establishing acceptable chews toys is also about keeping those things you do not want your dog to chew up behind closed doors or well out out of reach.
Train your dog regularly for the best results. Unless you have extensive formal experience in training your pet, it’s unreasonable to think you can succeed overnight. Nothing in life is worthwhile without continually practicing it. Dog training is no exception.
An example of shaping would be to teach him to hold his favorite toy in his teeth. Whenever he puts the toy in his mouth, give a treat and his clicker reward. Wait until the dog has the toy in his mouth. As soon as the dog does this, use the clicker and give a reward. Next, reward him only if he truly grasps the toy with his mouth.
In order to get your dog to obey you, it may be wise to take obedience classes. Professional instructors are available that can address all of your questions and common concerns. Classes can assist you in learning how a dog thinks, operates, and handles commands.
To help you get the most out of training your dog, you must understand your dog’s motivation. What your dog likes, doesn’t like, and what types of training work for him are all things that you are learning during this process. Offer your dog a lot of positive reinforcement and an array of training techniques. Dogs are much easier to train when they are happy.
With the right techniques, training your dog is easy. Armed with education, patience and the right philosophy, dog training is eminently feasible. Most dogs respond well to good training and will thrive under the direction of their owner.
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