White dog with a blue coat during a training session.

Canine Training Tips You Can’t Afford To Ignore

Are you considering getting yourself a dog, but have no idea where to start with training? Want to squash bad behavior? Well then, this article is for you! Keep reading to find simple steps that you can take to make your dog your real best friend in life.

Do not use shock collars. Often times, they do not work and are over priced. Plus, shock collars can discourage your dog from behaving properly. It is common for these tactics to create adverse behavior.

Decide on a specific command phrase for your pup during house training. If you use the special phrase you have come up with each time you take him outside, you will get him to focus on what he is supposed to do.

Ensure you get your dog’s attention using the same methods. Begin commands by using his name. Then, say the command. Dogs often respond to their name immediately and know you intend for them to pay attention.

Teach your dog not to bark with a simple command. When your dog barks, show them a treat and repeat the order, for instance, ‘be quiet’ until it stops barking. Only give the treat when you dog has done as you have asked. If you do this long enough, it will surely be able to associate having treats to it being quiet.

You cannot rush through the training process. Puppies can only handle small amounts of training, so it is best to keep training to short but intense periods of time. When you put too much training on the animal at one time, it can stress the animal and work against what you are trying to accomplish. So keep it short, intense, and create a great bonding and training routine for your new puppy.

When you are training your dog with a leash, try to ensure that the leash is loose. Dogs want to explore new territories while going out for a walk. Since they will be so eager, they may try to pull too hard, straining the leash. Be sure to train your dog to walk on a slack leash right along with you.

Praise is just as important as rewards when you are training your dog. Positive reinforcements include treats, smiles and pats on the head. Do not give any rewards for negative behavior since your dog will thing the bad behavior is good as well.

When training your dog, it helps to understand the unique hygiene and grooming requirements of his breed. Attention to your dogs grooming needs, whether it’s a weekly thing, as some breeds require or less frequently, gives you time to build a good relationship with your dog. Proper grooming results in a cleaner and happier pet, and it cuts down on the occurrence of diseases.

Don’t wait any longer, get started on training your dog! Start applying these tips today. Dog love to follow the commands of their owners. They simply need to be shown what to do. Go ahead and give it a whirl.

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