Training your dog or puppy can be a very satisfying experience or your worst nightmare, depending on the breed of dog and your expertise. Most of my friends’ dog choices (at least the ones I know best) were impulsive and random. I know a lot of guys who bought that cute little dog for their daughters who didn’t have the slightest idea how to train them. When I got my first dog, I was guilty of not knowing how to train my dog. I learned a lot back then, and now, although I know better, I still choose the same hard training type, the Daschund. Daschunds are very difficult to train and very stubborn. Knowing how to train your dog is really important; even before you buy, make sure you know the basics. Here are some tips to get you started:
Train Your Dog – Tip #1
Consistency is key. I see many people, especially couples, fall into this trap. For every action there must be a consistent, immediate response. Your puppy will ask you for guidance on acceptable behavior. For example, if you feed your dog from his bowl and your partner insists on giving the puppy leftovers off the table, you will confuse the dog. You will confuse the dog if you pick up the dog and put it on the couch while your partner is vehemently against it. If you live alone, this process is a little easier. If you don’t want your dog to jump on furniture, don’t let him climb on furniture anywhere. It is NOT OK to put them on your bed to watch TV and warn them when they jump on the living room sofa. Think about behaviors that you will find acceptable in the long run and stick to them.
Train Your Dog – Tip 2
Patience, patience, patience! Training your dog will undoubtedly test your patience. You have to be patient with your dog or puppy because they will crash. A lot of patience will yield great rewards in the future. If you’re not patient and give up on their training, you both pay. The inevitable result will be a bad-tempered dog and, at best, a strained relationship. Keep this in mind before you get your puppy. Carpet lovers have been warned!
Train Your Dog – Tip 3
Give your dog lots of praise and love when they do something right. Dogs love to please their human companions. When your dog does something you want him to do, praise him right away! Also, a tasty treat would be nice too, especially when training a puppy. If you use treats, eventually cut them down as you don’t want a dog that rewards you with every pee!
Well, you have some tips for training your dog or puppy. Frankly, we only drew it superficially, but the most important points I want to mention are; Before you bring your puppy home, learn how to train and find out which breeds are the most trainable.