Dog training requires some initial effort on both you and your dog's part. Make sure that you know what you're getting into ahead of time. Learning as much as you can about dog training ensures that you are armed with enough information to know what to do. Use the article below for tips to expand your horizons on dog training.
Don't give treats to your dog for no reason, and never feed your dog at the table. Feed your dog his dog food in the same place, at the same time, every day. Give treats as rewards for good work done during training time. Otherwise, praise and petting are ample indications that you are friends with your dog. Too many treats at the wrong times will produce a spoiled, overweight dog.
If your dog is bored, try making him work for his meals. There are toys and puzzles for dogs that require the dog to discern between scents. There are toys that make the dog think creatively to get food out of a chamber. Either way you go, your dog will have his scavenging instincts fulfilled!
When you are training your dog, never use a command he knows as a punishment. For example, if your dog needs a time out, do not put him in his crate. It may create a negative association for him. Another example is when you call your dog to you to be punished. This hurts his chances of completing successful recalls in the future.
When you are dealing with a barking problem, consider making a "safe space" for your dog to occupy when a guest visits. This helps anxious dogs by giving them a small territory of their own, and also keeps them calm during an otherwise exciting time. After introducing the space and training the dog to go to it, reinforce this behavior with new guests around.
Remember that sometimes patience is key, don't become frustrated if your dog doesn't catch on right away. It would be nice if every dog could understand your every command but you have to remember they can't. Just try and be sure you are aware of your dog's emotions and when they do follow your command reward them so they know what they did was right.
Stop a training session with your dog if you become angry with it. If you are angry at your dog, will not be able to train it fairly. You may be especially prone to dishing out unnecessarily harsh punishments, causing your dog to fear you rather than learn anything from that training session.
It is important to make your dog training sessions fun and positive. Dogs love to play, so if you mix up the training with toys and fun chases they will be much more enthusiastic about your training efforts. A fun training session will be remembered much more quickly by your pet.
Invest time and effort in training your dog the proper way. Know what you're getting into and arm yourself with knowledge and tips. The tips from the article above should help point you in the right direction. Don't forget to read more about training your dog after this article.
I have written many, many articles on everything to do with dogs. I lived with 12 dogs of various breeds for almost three years, worked as a manageress for a boarding kennels, and also drove for a grooming parlor.