Are you looking to train your newly adapted dog? Or perhaps improve its habits! Well look no further….Dog training is essential as it creates the proper boundary between master and dog and enhances easy communication. Although dog training is advised for private trainers it is possible to train your dog from home. At the end if this piece you shall have learnt how to train your dog and simple commands like sit, some or even toilet train hereby avoiding embarrassing situations [phew!].
8 Guidelines on How To Dog Train:
- Allocate at least an hour a day to training your dog
Dog training needs consistency, you have to be willing to dedicate your time and effort at least once a day. Failure to do this the dog will forget the previous days’ lesson taking you to step one [yikes!].
- Tell him what to do
Try issuing commands like “sit” or “fetch “instead of using the words no”. This fosters good communication. It could also help if you go down to his level for example when issuing commands like “come here boy!”
- Be affectionate
Don’t be afraid to reward him with affection or treats on good performance. Dogs react well to expressions of love and affection. Being affectionate could go a long way to training your dog.
- Be patient
Dog training could take a long time. It is relatively easier to train younger dogs as it is to train older ones. In case it takes more than expected lashing out on the dog could actually derail the process. Be patient and all will work out
- Be realistic
Keep in mind that all dogs are different and as such have different capabilities. Most dog training techniques are basic to all but you should research on your particular dog breed to avoid putting too much stress on your dog.
- Feed your dog properly
Consulting with the veterinarian on the appropriate food or nutrients for your dog could save you expensive treatments later on. Remember a healthy dog is easier to train.
- Listen to your dog
Forcing your dog to do something more often than not could lead to a poor relationship. Don’t get me wrong dog training mainly involves standing your ground but you have to be willing to let your dog have its own way once in a while for example when it shows hostility towards a specific person or dog it would best be advisable to force your pet
Giving too much freedom to your pet is not advisable. As the training progresses you can increase its freedom more and more. This is particularly applicable in toilet training your dog that entails confining your pup to a restricted area as training progresses you can let the dog loam around the house as you are sure not to find surprises” all over the house.
Now to a few simple dog training techniques:
- Teaching your dog how to sit
Among the easiest commands; it helps to keep your dog in control and is particularly useful when taking walks in the park or around the home
- Using a treat as bait move tour hand up and down allowing your dog’s head to follow the treat.
- When in a sitting position reward your dog and show affection.
- Teaching your dog how to come
Beckons upon your dog could save your dog from harm in case he wanders off. It is advisable to start dog training as soon as you have decided on a name.
- Tie a leash around its collar
- Get down to its level and command him or her “come” while tagging the leash. Provide treats when the dog comes to you.
You could then advance to removing the leash and calling him out in a confined area.
- Toilet training your dog
- Provide regular meal times for your pup and offer plenty of toilet breaks.
- Expose your dog to the outdoors for example taking him or her to a specific place where he is able to identify it with time
- Regulate his freedom for example allowing access only around a room
- Know your dog
- Teaching your dog how to stay
This could prove difficult especially when training puppies but is necessary as it trains your dog to remain calm at a place. Your dog has to learn how to sit before he can learn this command.
- Get your dog to sit first.
- Put your palm facing the dog and take a few stay back when telling your dog to “stay”. Reward your dog with treats and affection. With time you could increase the distance.
- Teaching your dog how to leave it
This command could save your pet in case when he finds something dangerous for example a packet of chocolate.
- Place a treat in both hands
- Let the dog sniff at one hand and say “leave it’ open up the other hand and give it the treat
- Continually repeating this will make the dog look away from the first hand and look at you. Reward the dog and offer affection
With all these guidelines in place, you are sure to have yourself a well-trained dog that will not only brighten your life on your whole family but also on the visitors. Good luck please let me know if you have any questions