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5 Important Dog Training Tips

Dogs are one of the most popular pets on the planet. With care and training, dogs can be part of every aspect of your life and be an active companion.

Proper training should be a priority for all dogs, from puppies to adults, to prevent any mishaps either at home or out and about.

#1 Patience Is Key

Dogs do not speak English. They recognize their name because it is repeated multiple times, on a daily basis. This is the same for any kind of command.

Make sure you choose keywords and phrases ahead of time so you don’t confuse yourself or the dog with ‘heel’ or ‘with me’. Take a little time each day to practice these commands inside before taking them to the outside where your dog will be distracted by smells and sounds.

You should repeat the command several times in a row, always giving a treat or praise when the command is followed.

#2 Find What Works

You will have to find what your dog responds to when it comes to training. Some dogs thrive on just words of praise and some play time, others require some treats to tempt them into listening to your commands.

If your dog has a favorite toy that they will work for, then use that to train with. Make your dog work for every reward and use words of praise in conjunction with treats.

#3 Your Dog Is Not “Bad”

For as much as we attribute human characteristics to them, your dog is still an animal who follows his instinct. Dog training is meant to counter that instinct, but it does not eliminate it. A dog is not bad when he takes food from the counter or if he knocks over the trash and makes a mess.

He wants to eat and the food is there. Instead, train him to ‘leave it’ and offer him an approved alternative. Always reward positively when he follows his training instead of his instincts.

#4 Nip It In The Bud

Train desirable behaviors early and often before the unwanted behaviors become unmanageable. What is cute as a puppy is not acceptable as an adult dog. This includes barking, jumping up, and aggressiveness.

These behaviors can be taught to older dogs, even those rescued from a shelter who may not have had any training before. The idea is to set limits and expectations and repeat it many times daily. As always, reward the dog for following commands.

#5 Learn To Speak Dog

A dog cannot tell you when it is scared or angry, but his body language will let you know. Learn your dog’s signals for when he is feeling happy or overwhelmed. This will head off any dangerous situations before they can even start.

Try again later when they are calm and ready to learn. You’ll find that some dogs are easy to read and others may take time. If you notice anything strange with your dog while training him, it’s always a good idea to invest in affordable pet insurance, just to make sure your pet stays happy and healthy.

Training your dog can be a trying, but rewarding, endeavor, but even old dogs can learn new tricks. A well-trained dog will be an asset to your family for years to come.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Agnes

    July 10, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks you so much for this post, I am currently trying to train my dog and to be honest I was really starting to get impatient,and since you mentioned the importance of patience I think I get it now

  2. Shan

    December 27, 2018 at 1:56 am

    I truly appreciate your work. These training tips are amazing, am currently in the process of training my dogs and it’s actually going great so far. Thanks

  3. sara

    April 30, 2019 at 3:02 am

    I find it heart-breaking too, when a dog suffers because his owner hasn’t trained him. Some owners think their dogs should “just know” things. These people don’t know better, or, as you say, can’t be bothered. Sad. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Bryan

    May 6, 2019 at 7:12 am

    I love what you talked about in regards to the dog not being bad. We often forget about animal instincts, we can’t expect dogs to have the same instincts as humans!

  5. Thomas

    June 14, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Dog training really requires great patience of the owner and being consistent the whatever verbal cue you decided. The basic idea is to set limitations and repeat the training procedure continuously to make the dog more obedient and hence a good friend.

  6. abubakar

    September 11, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Homemade food for dogs

    Following are instruction for feeding a raw or cooked home-produce diet to healthy pets. No single type of food, such as chicken, should ever make up more than half the food.

    But where itemized, homemade food for dogs can be fed either cooked. Leftovers from your table can be comprised as long as their foods you would eat yourself, not greasy scraps.

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