Dog Training: The Basic Pointers
Proper dog training techniques are key to transforming an adorable puppy into an obedient, well behaved dog everyone will enjoy. Dogs, like children, need to be taught the rules and respect for authority – of their owners and peers.
Many pet owners fall head-over-heels in love with the cute face they see at the breeders, only to become disillusioned and ultimately frustrated because that lovely bundle of fun and fluff does something like chewing up the furniture or making mess on the carpet.
While every puppy is bound to cause its share of trouble, the dog owner who grasps his or her responsibility will give over the time and patience needed to raise that puppy into a good dog. This snippet aims to provide some dog training pointers to get you started on developing a happy relationship with your new best friend.
Lay Down The Rules
Every journey begins with the first step. The first step here in dog training is establishing the rules!.The sooner this is done, the more successful you will find you are.
If you don’t want a 70lb Golden Retriever hopping onto your bed at night, do not let it do it when it is a 10lb puppy.
It’s never too early to start teaching your puppy to keep off the furniture or to avoid jumping up at guests.
Indeed, even before you have brought your puppy home, it’s a good idea to make sure everyone in the family understands and is ready to enforce the rules that your dog will be expected to follow.
Maintaining That Consistency
With the rules set, it’s up to you to remain consistent when enforcing them. Each time your puppy breaks a rule, he or she should be reprimanded with a sharp “No!”. This applies to every aspect of training your dog, whether it be house breaking or stopping the chewing of shoes.
Like children, dogs learn quickest when they are enforced without fail. However, be prepared because consistency takes time and lots of patience on your part. But, with good, consistent dog training from the outset you will save time, effort – and your valuable shoes!
The Value of Positive Rewards
When your dog follows the rules, it’s important to reward for good behaviour. To be effective dog training employs positive reinforcement much more than punishment.
From the outset of the process, rewards may include edible treats. But as your puppy learns, rewards can progress to simple praise and positive attention.
With positive reinforcement applied consistently, your puppy will soon gather that it’s to his or her benefit to listen and obey.
Dog training is not difficult, but it takes time, patience and consistency to produce the desired results. The prize is that you will discover that the time put in is worth the effort because you will end up with a dog who is obedient and enjoyable to all.