Dog training isn’t just for people who want their dogs to be able to do fancy tricks. It’s necessary for anyone who wants to have a good relationship with his or her pet. A trained dog is much more content, and easier to live with than an untrained one. In this article we’ll be discussing a few proven dog training techniques you can use to get the best response from your canine friend.
It can be very challenging dealing with a dog who has separation anxiety. This is a fairly common problem, and one reason it’s hard to treat is that the problem behavior occurs when you aren’t around. There are a few things you can do to make it less likely that your dog will misbehave when you’re out. Practice going in an out for very short periods of time, so your dog won’t assume you’ll always be gone for a long time. Never pay too much attention to your dog right before leaving. You also shouldn’t greet him too enthusiastically when you return home, no matter how excited the dog might be to see you. Otherwise, you’ll just be encouraging the separation anxiety.
One mistake that people sometimes make is to make dog training sessions too long. It’s better to have frequent shorter sessions, as a dog is likely to get bored, especially if it’s a young puppy. Another factor is that the longer the session lasts, the more likely it is that you’ll become frustrated or impatient. Ten or fifteen minutes is a good amount of time to devote to any single session. You have to develop a patient attitude, and be willing to end the session even if your dog is not responding the way you wanted. You’ll make faster progress by keeping the training sessions short.
If your dog is a family pet, he should be responsive to everyone in the household. Sometimes, a dog will develop the habit of only obeying the person who trains him. He may recognize this person as the pack leader, and no one else. In order to prevent this from happening, it’s a good idea to play a game where everyone in the family calls the dog. Whoever calls the dog should give him a treat when he comes. This also helps a new dog in the family learn his name. Another possibility is to play a game of fetch with a ball with several people, so the dog gets used to bringing the ball to different people. Even if one person in the household is doing most of the training, the dog should respond to basic commands from everyone in the family.
Dog training is something that takes a certain amount of time and effort, and you have to repeat the lessons consistently until they sink in. Dogs have short memories, so if you only do a training session once in a while, any progress you made will be lost. The above tips can be useful if you want to use the most effective methods of training your dog.