Many new dog owners have spent endless hours and a small fortune having a professional dog trainer work with their pup. You can do this at home yourself and eliminate the hefty price tag that usually accompanies this kind of training.
You need to be as dedicated as the person you’d hire, though. The minimum time commitment should be one hour a day. And you need to practice every day, not just on weekends. Put this book down and come back when you’re serious about doing it yourself…
The first step is a good foundation. This takes patience and consistency with simple commands such as sitting, laying down or shaking hands. You can’t expect your dog to perform a command if they don’t know it. They will sit and stay with a treat in front of them, but they won’t be able to understand what you want when the food is gone.
The next step is putting it all together; this means your pup should know how to behave in any location or situation. You can accomplish this by training in different rooms, outside and when company comes. You may not think you need to train your dog for these kinds of things, but it can be very beneficial when you take them where they are not familiar with or around new people.
Train your dog using positive reinforcement
Punishing your pup won’t do any good and it will only make them timid around you. If they don’t understand a command, think about why that is before you reprimand them. They can learn from their mistakes, but only if you catch them in the act of doing something right! Being consistent with this is really important so everyone in your household uses the same tone, words and timing when giving your dog instructions.
If you are consistent in teaching them what is acceptable behavior, they will not defecate in your living room just because it’s always been okay with you up until now! If you don’t command them to go outside before they do their business, then clean up after them inside.
Accept the fact that your dog is part of your life now and make training them a top priority. You can train them to sit, shake hands or roll over in only a few short weeks if you are dedicated to the process. Once they have these things down pat, everything else will be easier with less problems to deal with.
Socialize your dog with other dogs and people
Socializing your dog is just as important. They need to be around other dogs and people so they can learn how to behave properly in a group setting. This will reduce the chances of them being a nuisance or dangerous when you take them out in public. Introduce your pup to others on neutral ground where you have some control over what goes on
This way you can stop any unwanted behaviors before they start or correct them with voice commands.
Giving your dog enough exercise is also an important part of training them to behave properly around the house and in public. Dogs need to be active everyday; otherwise, all that pent up energy will find some other way to manifest itself (usually as bad behavior).
Remember, the essence of training any animal is repetition. They are creatures of habit and need to be reminded of their place in your household everyday. If they are constantly being corrected for bad behavior, it becomes exhausting to them, but they will quickly learn what is expected if you do it enough times.
Agility training is a great way to bond with your dog
Agility training is a wonderful way to train and bond with your pup at the same time. It is definitely an investment; however, it pays dividends in increased confidence and self-esteem for you and your four-legged friend. If you already enjoy this type of activity, why not include your pup?
You can find agility training equipment at your local pet supply store or online. There are even books and videos that show you how to train an animal through these types of games. If you have the time, inclination and patience for this kind of exercise routine, you will have a much happier dog in the long run!
No matter what kind of dog training you prefer to do, it is important for everyone in your household to be on the same page. If you are not consistent in what you expect out of your pup, he or she will be confused and act up even more. Be calm when training them; otherwise they will become fearful of making another mistake with you around.
Training books and videos are a great tool
Training books and videos can be helpful to learn new commands and activities for you and your dog.
Your local library should have several titles that you can check out or rent to evaluate before you buy. This is a good way to see what works for you and your dog without spending too much money on something that really doesn’t fit your needs.
Finally, make sure the training activities are fun for both of you! You can train them all day long, but if they’re having a miserable time participating, you will not have as much success as working with them on something enjoyable.