If you own a pet, you understand the many responsibilities involved in maintaining a healthy and happy animal. For many owners, dog training is a part of that responsibility. Fortunately, with dog training, there are many rewards for investing in the time and resources to train your dog, including strengthening the bond and relationship between your dog and yourself. Take a look at some of the following tips to help you get started in a dog-training regimen:
Dog training requires patience and understanding.
Teaching your canine obedience and commands is not an easy or short process. In fact, the exact opposite is true: It takes time and lots of repetition. You should begin with very simple commands and stay on those commands until your dog has mastered them. You must be patient and allow enough time for your pet to understand and fully grasp the command. Only once full mastery has taken place should you move to the next lesson. The number one thing for you to know as the teacher is that you must be patient and calm.
Stock up on treats!
Rewarding your dog with treats is a fantastic method for encouraging compliance with a command. Many owners worry about feeding their pet treats, but for animals, positive enforcement is most manageable in the beginning with food. Treats can be a great motivator, as dogs are still primal animals and respond best to food. Make sure, however, that you are feeding your dog only at set intervals during the day. If you make food available at all times, it will be more difficult to reward your dog with food.
Invest in good toys.
There are some great tools to aid you in your dog-training quest, including fetching toys, collars, balls, etc. Read online reviews of different tools and look up videos online to help visualize how to use these different mechanisms. It doesn’t have to be a fancy toy. And sometimes, the best toys will surprise you in their use. Unconventional fetching tools have been great aids for many dog owners. Keep an open-mind and continue your search.
Dogs, as other mammals, are creatures of habits. They learn best through repetition and consistency. Make sure you research a good training program before you begin and stick to your chosen method. Canines do not respond well to unpredictable and sporadic training. Set aside a specific time each day to work with your pet. It doesn’t have to be a lengthy amount of time, but it should be every day, so that your dog comes to expect it. Be wary of switching methods in the middle of your training, as it could confuse your canine.
Along with consistency, comes a need to be clear and concise in your commands and generous in your praise. Stick to one or two-word commands and always praise your animal when he gets it right. Be careful to avoid rewarding your pet when she does not respond correctly, but never be harsh. Be kind, generous and consistent and your efforts will pay off tremendously!