A dog can mean a companion waiting for you when you get home, a walking buddy, and a pal you can always play with. However, it can also mean torn-up shoes, incessant barking, and a general lack of obedience. Training your dog can alleviate these problems, but it sometimes feels like your dog just won’t learn. This article will provide some advice that will help make your dog a friend, not a foe.
When training your dog, a great tip is to be sure you have proper timing when trying to teach your dog certain commands because it is the key towards a successful teaching method. It does not matter what particular method you use. You just have to make sure the timing is right.
Know that all barking isn’t bad barking. Some barking is necessary for a watchdog to alert you or a dog to let its mother know it’s hungry. However, if your dog barks incessantly at everything and everyone it may need training. First figure out the reason behind your dog’s barking, and then speak with your veterinarian to determine the best course of action.
Calling your dog over to you then punishing him will teach him to fear you. Telling him he was bad or did wrong from a few feet away will definitely get your point across and the dog will understand your meaning without feeling threatened by you. Keep in mind the dog wants your approval and that alone will motivate him to do well.
To prevent your dog from chewing, you should apply a smelly substance on objects that your dog is not supposed to chew. Buy some chew toys for your dog: some dogs chew because they are going through teething, and some use chewing as a way of releasing stress caused by loneliness.
The earlier you start training your dog the better. It is much easier to train a young puppy than it is an older dog. This is not to say that older dogs cannot be taught new things, however, it does take longer and more perseverance to train a dog the older it is.
Every interaction, moment and situation is a learning experience for your dog. While you can’t control the environment around you, you can control how you react with your dog. Keep a composed demeanor when you’re working with your dog, and try not to intimidate him, even when you’re frustrated or upset.
Remember that you must respect your dog’s boundaries. The fact is that you cannot change a dog from being a dog. Your dog does not speak English, and you cannot rationalize his behavior with him. Some dogs will have issues so severe that you can only minimize the impact of the issue on their lives. Consult with a trainer about your dog’s specific limitations, and what you can reasonably expect.
A dog is man’s best friend, but many times it can feel as if it’s the greatest rival. Properly training a dog is a necessity for getting the dog you want. The tips here will hopefully make sure that your dog is indeed a good friend and not a rival. It may take a lot of work, but heeding the advice will get rid of the bad aspects of the dog, keeping only the good ones.