Tips to train your dog
Pet Training

Tips to train your dog

Owning a dog can be completely overwhelming, especially if it is the first time for you. Obedience training is a crucial subject and needs to be given its due importance once you bring home a dog. A well trained dog/pet always leaves positive traits for the owner. Following little steps will make the task of obedience training far less difficult than it actually is.

Tools That You Need For Obedience Training

Certain tools can help you along the way as you train your dog to be obedient and behave in a . Although an effective dog training program does not require many items, just a few basic supplies will be enough to make the process more convenient and effective. You need to select a dog collar or harness that is suitable and comfortable for your dog. A dog leash is also an important component for training. Opt for a non- retractable leash rather than a retractable one. Dog treats that your dog enjoys and are easy to eat quickly (immediate rewards) also need to be on your list of things. These tools will also help improve the bond that you share with your furry pal. Make sure that you take care of your dog’s basic needs and requirements.

Settling on a systematic training method

You need to opt for a method that suits you the best before you begin dog obedience training. While there are numerous methods to choose from, it has been observed that the animals respond best to positive reinforcement such as praise or treats. Another common training variation termed as the clicker training allows the use of a conditioned reinforcer. A host of dog training books and websites can help you learn about training techniques in great detail and can help you determine which best suits you and your dog.

Prepare for a training session

Success at obedience training is usually attained through small steps. Experts advise that all training sessions with your dog should last 10-15 minutes, they can be 2-3 times per day. This holds true especially in case of puppies because of their very short attention spans. Hosting a long obedience training session can even bore an adult dog. Basic commands are the first things that your pet dog must learn to follow. All sessions must be directed towards one action each to avoid any confusion for the pet.

Troubleshooting obedience training

Like all animals, dogs take their own time to pick up your commands. Occasionally you may see some resistance or stubborn behavior. Common behaviour problems such as jumping up, barking and even aggression are normal reactions to training. At these stages you need to keep things positive and reward your dog for good behavior. You can stop the misbehavior if you interrupt it and focus your dog’s attention to something positive. Give him cues that he has already mastered and reward him immediately afterwards. An affirmative body language helps the animal to establish a positive environment and creates eagerness to learn.

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