10 Essential Dog Training Tips
That You Should Know And Why
Dog Training Tips:
#1 - Social Development
Help and make sure your dog meet and socialize with as many people as possible. These experiences allow your dog to be comfortable with humans and reduce the likelihood of any future behavior problems. Limited contact with humans or other species can lead to development of certain characteristics such as shyness or fearful of strangers.
#2 - Mental And Physical Stimulation
Every dog thrives on both mental and physical stimulation. Exposing your dog to new environments and experiences can greatly enhance your dog's interest in learning new things. Dog walks or games are great ways to stimulate your pet both mentally and physically. If actively stimulated, your dog will become healthier and adept at learning new trainings faster. This will also help strengthen the bond between the both of you at the same time.
#3 - Hand Feed Your Dog
Whenever possible, hand feed your dog. This teaches him/her to like human contact, even when your dog is feeding from his food bowl. Not feeding from hand can lead your dog to turn aggressive in the future to whoever that tries to get near him/her while feeding.
#4 - Training Environment
Always begin your dog training inside the home where your dog stays. Your dog will learn faster when he/she is in a familiar environment. Outdoor training should only be attempted when your dog reliably obeys commands in your home. After each training sessions, make sure you play with your dog to help associate training as positive and fun.
#5 - Step-by-Step Training
Work on one new exercise, command or trick per training session. This will allow your dog to learn, understand and familiarize each new training better and faster. Trying to introducing multiple items at one session can confuse your pet and lead to slower learning curve. Instead, having patience with your dog will set up your dog training to be successful.
#6 - Words And Commands
Make sure you always use and repeat the same word or command for each particular training. Attempting to be creative will confuse your dog and prolong the training session.
#7 - Best Time To Train
The best time to train your dog is before each of its meal or feeding period. Your dog is hungry and will respond very well to food treats. This is especially useful if you are just starting out to train your dog or you have certain difficulty with a particular command or trick. Do balance your rewards with praises and hugs so that your dog doesn't associate every reward with just food. Never begin any training with your dog when you are feeling lousy or in a bad mood.
#8 - Offering Rewards
Whenever your dog obeys or performs to a certain command, praise and reward your dog immediately. Do not delay in giving rewards as you might be accidentally rewarding for the wrong behaviors. If in doubt, repeat the command again and reward accordingly. Once your dog is familiar with a particular command or training, start to give out your rewards randomly. This will allow your dog to continue to respond well to the same command or behavior as it won't know when is the next reward coming or even in the absence of any rewards.
#9 - Reprimand And Punishment
Never use any physical corrections or harsh yelling when you dog misbehave as this can cause fear and promote future aggressive behavior in your dog. Reprimand your dog by using a stern voice instead and only when you actually caught it misbehaving.
#10 - Training Sessions
Train you dog in short, frequent sessions. Dogs have a short attention span and will get easily distracted or bored. Train your dog for ten minutes each session and then play with him/her with its favorite toy to stimulate your dog's learning process. End the training with a positive note or with your dog wanting more. This will allow your dog to look forward to the next training session.
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