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Ten dog training tips you can try today!

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 25/04/2014   Category: Owners Guides

As they say, a dog is definitely a man’s best friend. However, if your pet isn’t trained properly, then you may become rather frustrated with your furry friend, as well as having living surroundings that aren’t too pleasant.

This article will give you a few simple, expert tips which will help successfully train your pooch, so that they are happy, healthy and under control.

1. Keep a clear set of rules

If there are certain places where you don’t really want your dog to go, then you will need to make these obvious. Make the rules clear to your pet, as well as the other people in your home, as soon as possible. For example, you may not want them on certain pieces of furniture or the beds in your home. Make sure that everyone in the house sticks to these rules after they have been set.

2. Reward your pet for good behaviour

If you want a well-behaved pet, then you have to reward them when they show good behaviour. You can do this in a number of ways, such as affection, food treats and toys. Make sure that you never give them a treat if they’ve behaved badly, as this may encourage a streak of bad behaviour.

3. Stop any biting habits immediately

Biting habits among dogs should be stopped immediately. The best thing to do if they bite you is to overact how much pain you’re in, which should hopefully shock them in to not doing it again. If the biting continues, you can try giving them some more chew toys or scolding them immediately after the biting takes place.

4. Make sure training sessions are rewarded

If you have spent quite a long time training your dog, make sure you give them a little reward for their patience at the end. For example, you could spend a further five or ten minutes petting them, give them a special, yummy treat or have some play time.

5. Don’t undergo a training session if your dog is tired

There is no point trying to undergo a training session if your pooch is tired as you are not likely to get any spectacular results and it may mean that your dog associates these training sessions with negativity in the future. Either try training them earlier on in the day if you can, or you can have an afternoon session if they’ve had a rest in the morning. It is best to keep training sessions to around 15 minutes at a time regardless, so they don’t get tired or become unresponsive.

6. Give your pet their own area in the home

It is important to make sure that your pet has their own area of the home, which is not used by anyone else in the house. This should be where they sleep, as well as the area that they go to when they want to relax. Having this spot will also make sure that your pooch doesn’t disturb other parts of the home when they are feeling tired.

7. Introduce new commands gradually

Make sure that you don’t try to introduce too many new commands at once as this is likely to confuse your dog and they will end up learning less anyway. It is probably best to stick to one new command per training session. Don’t be afraid to do a couple of sessions on a command either if you feel like they haven’t learned something properly. It is better to take your time and get it right.

8. Don’t ever physically harm your dog

Although it is okay to scold your pet for bad behaviour, it is important that you never harm them physically. As well as being cruel, it can also lead them to being aggressive back to you or others. It may also harm the relationship you have with your dog if they are scared of you.

9. Complete training sessions in a quiet area

When training your dog, it is important to make sure that you do it in a quiet area so that they can take everything in. For example, you may want to do it in a part of your home or in your garden, rather than in public, to make sure that they are away from the likes of noisy crowds and other dogs.

10. Be patient

Above all, make sure that you are patient with your pooch during training. It is a long process that will take time. However, when you put the time and effort in, you will really start to see results, which will be rewarding. You will also no doubt find a new bond between you and your furry pal.

So what are you waiting for? Start putting these tips into use and get your pooch into a healthy training routine today!