Dog Training Strategies For Novice Dog Trainers

Appropriate canine training is important in ensuring that your home environment remains peaceful for your dog and for yourself. Give the tips that follow a try. Some of these tips might make a difference in the relationship you share with your dog.

Try not to reinforce bad behavior in your dog by accident. Essentially, you must not give your dog something positive, like attention or a treat, when it behaves in a way you want to classify as negative. For instance, don’t pat your dog on the head if it’s jumping up on you.

Think of a word you can use as a command during training. “yes” is a great bridge word between the dogs positive accomplishment and the reward they receive.

Treats are necessary when teaching a dog fancy tricks like rolling over. The first step is a simple “lay” command. Then hold one treat near his head and near the floor. Pull the treat over the dog until your hand is on the other side. As the dog uses his nose to track the morsel, he will simultaneously roll his entire body over. Whenever you dog does roll over, actually say the words, “roll over.” Continue to do this until your dog actually rolls over whenever you say the words without using the treat. It may take a while to get to this point, but you will be pleased if you stick with it. It’s an impressive trick.

You indicate that jumping up is an unacceptable behavior by grabbing the dogs paws, squeezing gently and guiding them back down to the ground. The dog will not experience pain, but just a brief discomfort. After some time, they won’t jump on anyone because they’ll associate it with being made to feel uncomfortable.

Toilet training is as much your responsibility as theirs. Learn to read your dog and anticipate his needs. Common ones include whining, pacing and even consistent staring. If you see your dog doing this, take action immediately. Grab his leash and bring him to the spot where he uses the bathroom. Good toilet behavior is worthy of praise. In time, the dog will ask when he wants to go outside.

Whatever age your dog may be, or whatever problems he may have, you’ll find these tips useful. Just make sure you remain patient when training your dog. Properly training your dog will make the both of you happy.