How to Train Your Dog – 6 Tips You Need to Know

Getting a new puppy or a dog is one of the most exciting experiences for a pet owner. Dogs are a man’s best friend and not just because they love playing with you – they’re loyal, they’re obedient, they love spending time with you, and they always seem to manage to lift your spirits.

It’s lovely having a dog in your house; however, most new dog owners don’t realize that their new pup isn’t trained yet. You can train your puppy however you want, but it’s important to know how to train them exactly. Some struggle with puppy training, while others get the hang of it super fast. You don’t necessarily have to be a professional dog trainer, nor should you feel the need to send your dog to one. With the following dog training tips and secrets, you can easily train your dog at home and teach them how to listen to you. Let’s take a look!

1. Bonding

Historically, man and dog have always been in partnership and bonded through mutual respect.

Far too often, people assume that to train your new dog, you have to assert your dominance over them. Instead of adopting a master-owner relationship, try to be more gentle and show lots of compassion to your new pup. Bonding with your dog is the first step to training your dog.

2. Rewarding your Dog

Whether you realize it or not, your dog is always picking up on rewards, which shapes its behavior. Rewards can be in the form of treats, attention from you, playing games with them, going outdoor.

When you’re training your dog, you must pay close attention to timing. Reward your dog as soon as they exhibit the desired behavior. This will act as a positive reinforcement for your dog and train them to behave accordingly.

3. Timing of the Punishments

Having a new dog is like raising a young toddler. Puppies are bound to make mistakes, and often it will piss you off. But it’s important to remember that you can train your dog by using positive punishments. Did they pee on the couch or your hardwood floor? Tap their nose with a newspaper. They pooped on the carpet or chewed on the TV remote? Raise your voice and tell them, “No!”

When training your dog to not behave a certain way, the timing of your punishment is key. If you yell at them an hour later after you’ve spotted the mess, they won’t make the association, and it can eventually turn you into someone they fear rather than love. Just like with rewards, you must punish your dog as soon as you catch them in the act.

4. Prevent the Behavior from Happening

When we’re on the subject of dog training, we must highlight the importance of prevention. Your dog is a creature of habit, and ultimately, every behavior turns into a habit. Try to notice the unwanted behavior of your dog and make sure to prevent it from happening again.

If your dog is developing the habit of peeing inside your house, try to take them outside every couple of hours during the day and reward them as soon as they do their business outside. This will train your pup to eliminate only outside. For more tips on how to potty-train your dog, click here.

5.Dogs Don’t Outgrow their Bad Behavior

People often make the mistake of thinking that their puppy will grow out of the bad behavior, or once they get older, they’ll stop chewing on your clothes. Dogs don’t grow out of their behavior. If you’re not careful, their behavior will turn into a habit. If your dog likes to chew on things, get a tug rope and play with them instead. Finding an alternative will prevent the undesired behavior from happening.

6.Grab their Attention

When attempting to train your dog, owners often try to give commands before their dog has their full attention. This trick is used by professional dog trainers as well. You can grab your dog’s attention by calling their name and maintaining eye contact. Once you have your dog’s attention, give them a command or direction. Once they display the desired behavior reward them with a treat. Getting your dog’s attention can go a long way in training your pup.

Start with Taking Small Steps

Young puppies don’t have the cognitive skills to respond to complicated commands. It’s important that you start with basic commands like sit, stand, stay, and break these into smaller steps. If you’re trying to train your puppy into staying still, start by making them sit and take one step back. If your puppy doesn’t move, give them a treat, and try taking two steps back. Keep this up till you can easily make them stay wherever you are. You can even leave the room and train your dog to sit and wait till you get back.

Time to get started!

Before training your puppy to follow a command, they must learn to recognize their name. You can turn this into a game by sitting with them in an enclosed space and let your dog get distracted. When their attention has diverted, call out their name in a happy voice.

If your dog looks up in your direction, give them a treat. Repeat this 2-3 times and show your dog some affection. Keep this up for two days, and your dog will learn to respond to their name whenever they’re called.

After teaching your dog their name, begin training them by responding to the top 5 commands: sit, heel, down, come, and eat. Soon you’ll have a fully trained pup in no time. Remember, a little patience and a lot of love can go a long way!

by Bobby J Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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