Having a dog can bring great joy into your life, especially if the dog is properly trained. There are many techniques that you can employ to train your animal into being a fantastic companion. Whether you simply want the dog to stay off of the furniture or learn tricks, good training is something you can start today. Here’s how to get started.
To prevent your dog from digging in the trash, be sure he is well-fed and has plenty of toys to play with. Empty your trash regularly, and don’t put irresistible things like bones in it. Be sure to crate your dog when you go out and/or leave your trash can empty when you are gone.
If your dog just can’t stay away from your garden, try a harmless repellent that you can sprinkle around your plants. You can find them at many local retailers and nurseries. If you can’t find these products, try moth balls or alum powder which have also been shown to be effective at keeping dogs away.
A good dog training tip is to have your dogs meet at a park if you plan on bringing a new dog into your home. By having the dogs meet at the park, the dogs will be more friendly with each other, and it’ll take dominance out of the equation.
When your dog jumps on you, take its paws in your hands and lightly squeeze them to let it know that jumping on people is not an acceptable behavior. This does not hurt the dog if you do it lightly but it is an uncomfortable feeling for them. After a while they will stop jumping on people because they will associate it with the uncomfortable feeling.
Use cheese as a treat when you are training your canine companion. Cheese is nice change of pace for your dog from packaged treats. Dogs typically love cheese and will consider it a fine treat. Do not overdo it though, cheese can have a high sodium content. Your dog could be sensitive to this.
In order to train a well-mannered dog you should aim to begin training your dog in its first four months of life. These first four months are its primitive years of development and growth. If you begin training during this period, you will have a better chance of raising a good dog.
If your dog does not seem to be responding to your training, make an appointment with your vet. If your dog is not learning properly, it does not mean they are dumb. Sometimes physical and occasionally mental maladies could cause your dog to not respond properly to training. Your vet may be able to give you some indication to the problem.
As you can see from the above list of tips, dog training can be very useful in getting your dog to behave and to even do a few cool tricks. After following these tips, you will no longer be new to dog training, instead you will be on your way to becoming a dog training expert.