Training your dog can seem frustrating at times, especially if you are just starting out with a new animal. However, by using the advice found here you will discover how to improve your relationship with your pet and build a stronger understanding of your animal's needs as well as yours.
Play with your dog often. In order to train your dog efficiently, it is important to develop and nurture a bond between the two of you. Make sure you are taking the time out of your day to play with your dog. It will be fun and stress-reducing for both of you.
When you are training your doggy friend, use what is known as primary reinforcement
Primary reinforcement uses something that is inherent for the dog to love as a reward for good behavior. Primary reinforcements include using food as treats and rubbing your dog's belly. This will teach your dog how to get something he already wants.
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Do not use training or aids that involve excessive (or even regular) punishment to your dog, as the cost may far outweigh the benefits. Prong collars can cause issues with the trachea in susceptible breeds while simultaneously using negative means of reinforcing heeling. You should be both knowledgeable about and comfortable with whatever training and/or aids you use.
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Take a class on training or study books and websites regarding the topic before starting to train your dog. It seems easy to train a dog but a lot of things that make sense to us won't make sense to a dog. Learning the proper way to train and studying how to run a good training session will be beneficial for you both during this process.
Effectively training your dog should always include rewarding his good behavior. By rewarding your dog with a treat, a rub, or in some other way, you are reinforcing this good behavior. This ensures the likelihood that your dog will repeat this good behavior, because it was rewarded.
Consistency is key when training a dog. If you don't want them to jump on the couch never let them up there in the first place. If, as they get older and more controllable, you decide to allow them up on occasion, make it clear that they are only allowed on the couch when they are called.
The Value of Reinforcement
Training your dog is a daily, on-going process. Ask your dog to sit before being petted, fed, or taken outside. By constantly reinforcing lessons, your dog will learn that all commands are applicable in all situations. If you train only in specific locations at specific times, you may end up with a dog that only “sits” in the living room at 6 p.m.!
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Since you have learned these new facts, you will now able to enjoy having a calmer more obedient dog that will surely provide better benefits that you and your whole family can enjoy. Put this information to use today and see firsthand just how much easier it is to train your dog!
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