When you first brought your dog home, you were probably having visions of Lassie, but there have probably been days that you were remembering Cujo more. There is hope! You can train aggressive or naughty behaviors out of your dog.
Use firm control to elicit desirable behaviors from your pet. Immediately after the animal acts in accordance with your command, reward him. This helps to calm the animal and reinforce your training efforts. Although you are certainly excited about your dog’s accomplishment, showcasing lots of excitement on your end can cause your dog to become too excited, which causes you to lose control. Remain calm, expect them to be calm, and then award them when appropriate.
The rule of thumb with puppies and house training is to remember: what is eaten will pass. To keep your puppies toiletry habits regular, feed him a high quality food 2-3 times a day at the same time each day. This will get your dog into a solid routine for bathroom breaks.
It is easy to train a roll with treats. First, make sure the dog is in a laying position. Next, hold a treat near the floor on one side of his head, slowly bring the treat up and over the dogs head to the other side. He should follow the treat with his nose, causing him to roll his whole body over. Be sure to say ROLL OVER as your dog is rolling. Eventually, he will learn to perform the trick upon command. Don’t get frustrated if it takes a few tries, once he learns this trick he’ll be the star of the dog park!
You should keep doggy treats handy for rewarding your dog. They have to know that doing the right thing brings a happy ending. This will teach your dog what behavior is correct and expected.
Keep your sessions short to accommodate a short attention span. If you spend too much time doing one training exercise, your dog will become bored. This is why you need to limit the time of your training sessions to around 10 minutes.
Basic training your dog is easily incorporated into daily routine providing for fast training results. So if you are looking to change any of your dog’s wayward ways, try some of our tips for quick success!