Much of dogs behavior comes as an instinctual response they see something moving so they chase it. This kind of behavior often results in actions that people seek to train out of a dog. By learning the right tips to counter act the dogs response one can train their dog.
Never reward negative behavior. Many dog owners have difficulty training their pet. When a long training session has ended and there has been no progress, they might find themselves tempted to reward their dog anyway. Even if you love your dog dearly, never reward their bad or undesirable behavior.
A healthy diet is essential for your dog. Feeding your dog bad food is very bad for several different reasons. It can negatively impact a dog’s health and disposition. Sometimes, it is possible to improve your pet’s behavior and cooperation simply by improving the quality of his or her diet.
Create a bridge between the dog’s response to a command and the reward for success. By saying a bridge word such as “yes” or “good”, you will reinforce that the behavior is acceptable and the reward will follow. Keep using this bridge word even after training is complete to be consistent with your pet.
If you are getting a new dog, and you intend to train it, look for a younger dog. The old adage “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is somewhat appropriate here. Younger dogs are more receptive to dominance from a pack leader and will learn quickly in an effort to please. Another plus to this is that young dogs really enjoy learning new things, much like children do.
If you use treats for positive reinforcement when training your dog, be sure that you use them sparingly. If the dog receives a treat every time it follows one of your commands, it will learn that treats and obedience go together, not you and obedience. If you stop giving treats at that point, the dog will stop obeying.
If you have a dog that begs, the easiest way to train them from this behavior might be to simply remove the dog from the situation. Shutting the dog out of the room at mealtimes keeps them from pestering you while you eat, and removes the temptation for you to give in to that cute face.
Stay as consistent as possible during your training regimen. Everyone that works with your dog should use the same commands, as well as the same techniques. It will make it easier for the dog if it only has a simple set of commands and knows what to expect when it obeys.
Start prepping your puppy for training by rewarding his good choices. Your dog should learn the right ways of doing things instead of developing bad habits that will need to be corrected later on. If you never feed your dog table scraps, he will not beg for them.
Learning to recognize what is going to trigger a response from an ones dog will help one be ready to take action. After learning the right procedures an individual can train their dog to resist urges to run or other unwanted behavior. The resulting changes can make the owner very happy.