Some dogs seem to be naturally obedient, but most need good, consistent guidance in order to function appropriately in a human world. Apply this advice as you work hard to groom a happy and healthy member of your family.
While training your puppy or dog to use a crate, introduce him to new concepts slowly and gradually, so he is able to adjust to the changes without feeling stressed. When your dog appears to be at ease while inside the crate with the door ajar, you can help him adjust to the crate even further by slowly latching the door and rewarding him with treats fed to him through the spaces between the wires. Begin with small intervals, and work your way up to longer times. If they start to fuss, you are going too fast.
Give them chew toys for pain relief while teething, and keep everything else out of reach. Give the dog one of its own chew toys right away. A frozen washcloth can provide teething relief for your pup.
Crate training requires crates of the correct size. Do not forget that all puppies will grow up. Select a crate that is large enough for them to fit in when they are older. At full size your dog should be able to move around without feeling too constricted.
Stay away from high end training devices like shock collars. They are often scams and, in any case, are completely unnecessary to proper dog training. Plus, shock collars can discourage your dog from behaving properly. It is common for these tactics to create adverse behavior.
Stick with positive reinforcement when it comes to dog training. If you are happy with your dog, give him pets, happy words and the occasional treat. Never hit or shout at your dog. Your dog will not respond well to these methods and will not understand what you want them to do. To get the best results from your dog training, you need to be firm and consistent, staying positive at all times.
The first thing you should do when training a puppy is teach him his name. Use his name frequently, and make clear that you want him to respond by coming to you when you call his name. There is no other word your puppy should be taught first. Be around your puppy a lot, so he knows to trust you. When he trusts you, he ends up being more responsive to all sorts of training.
Training has to be consistent. If more than one member of your family is training your dog, be sure all people use the same commands, rewards and discipline. Your dog will be more willing to be trained if he knows what to expect.
Use the dog’s name as much as you can to make sure it pays attention. Use his name more when he is a puppy. By the time he is grown, he will automatically give you his attention when you say his name. For best results, the dog’s name should be short and not sound like any other word in the English language.
Don’t despair if your dog happens to be unruly right now. Almost any dog can be trained if the proper techniques are used. Use these tips to ease training efforts and boost your dog’s results.