Every dog needs some sort of training and direction from their human companions. Use the following advice and you will end up with a joyful, well behaved dog.
Before your dog can learn a new command it will take several repetitions. It may take about 25-50 repetitions of a particular command before your dog understands it. Firmly and steadily repeat the command. Remain patient and eventually the command will be learned.
When you are trying to house train your puppy, keep in mind that everything that you put in, will come out. In order to regulate your dog’s toileting habits, you should feed him a good quality food at the same times each day. This will help you figure out when the best time is to take your dog out and avoid accidents.
Give your dog a word that tells them they’re doing the right thing. “yes” is a great bridge word between the dogs positive accomplishment and the reward they receive.
Decide on a single phrase to use when housebreaking your new puppy. When it’s time for him to go outside to do his business, say “Elimination Device…Activate!” or whatever phrase you chose to call his attention to the task at hand.
Always use positive reinforcement to train your dog. Use a happy tone when you are rewarding your dog; pet him a lot, and give him a little treat once in a while. Do not shout or strike the dog. Doing this will cause your dog to act out even more and lose respect for you. You should talk to them in a stern voice but always be nice to them if they do a good thing.
Teach your puppy his name when you first start training him, as this creates a bond between the two of you. Call him by name frequently, and teach him to come when called. There is no other word your puppy should be taught first. Try to spend a good amount of time with your new dog. Once your puppy trusts you, it will be easier to train him.
Try toilet training your dog without there being any accidents. Watch for signals that your dog has to go out to relieve himself. Pacing, whining and snuffling are common. When you know the cue, take action immediately. Immediately take your dog outside to the official restroom spot. Praise him for appropriate toileting. The dog will eventually give you a sign when he needs to go out.
Use a spray bottle filled with water to prevent your dog from doing things it should not do, such as scratching the furniture or biting. This technique will show your dog that the behavior is unacceptable. If this method is successful, you will get these negative behaviors under control and be able to enjoy your dog.
Many canine behaviors are instinctual, so provide appropriate outlets for each of your dog’s needs. Your dog requires a healthy diet, room to exercise, and plenty of activities and toys to keep him or her busy.
When you reprimand your dog by using his name, follow it up with using his name in a positive manner at least three times. Your pet should understand that he needn’t be afraid of his name, as it can signify something good.
Don’t despair if your dog happens to be unruly right now. Most dogs simply need training with good techniques and some patience. Use the information here to make it easier to train your dog and get maximum results.