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Training Your Dog To Follow Your Commands

Cute canines can make many people fall in love with them. If you already own one or are contemplating getting one, good for you! A well trained dog is crucial for having a successful relationship. They’ll be on their best behavior at all times. Keep reading for great tips to help you and your dog have an excellent relationship.

Crate training your new puppy is most effective when you take small steps. First, put them inside with the door still open. When they get used to that, close the gate and give them a treat they like. Start off small, like 10 seconds at a time, and slowly move up the times. If the dog doesn’t like it, slow the process.

When you correct your dog verbally, those corrections should be short and focused on the behavior. Do not rant on at length to your dog telling them how they were bad. Say no and redirect your dog to the desired behavior. It is also important to have good volume to your commands so that your dog understands that you are serious.

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Your dog needs to lead an active lifestyle. Dogs can get bored easily. Dogs with no enthusiasm will be harder to train than active dogs. Keeping your dog exercised and happy will help them pay attention more due to releasing all excess energy that often distracts them from your commands. You and your dog can run or walk together daily.

Don’t spend too long on a single training your dog session. Your dog will get bored and antsy if you spend too much time on one thing. Keep first training lessons to 10 minutes or less.

“No” shouldn’t be a huge part of training. Instead, use positive reinforcement to encourage positive behaviors and gloss past the results that are not what you want. Saying ‘no’ doesn’t help your dog understand how he should react to you. There is a difference in all dogs and training should be customized.

When you begin training your puppy, create a bond with him by first teaching him his name. In the first days, frequently use your dog’s name, and reward him for responding when you call. These are the initial words your puppy must learn. Spend ample time with the puppy to create a bond. This will build trust between the puppy and you. A puppy that trusts you will respond better your training.

Training is a lifetime endeavor. A dog does not stop learning after puppyhood. If you reinforce desired behaviors, you will ensure your dog’s continued obedience, and by continuing to discipline your dog, you will prevent negative behaviors from appearing.

Make sure you give your dog a good workout every day. Make sure your dog is properly fed, given a comfortable corner or bed to sleep and has a good place to run and be active.

These tips should really help you gain training confidence. Use whatever information that will work for your circumstances. If you are not already attached to your dog, you soon will be. Training is necessary for a good dog. Train your pet well. Congratulations to your furry friend!

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