Have you ever tried to go to dog training classes or taken private dog training lessons that left your head swimming? The amount of information can be so much such that the main messages may at times be lost among the more intricate details. If this is the case, then you will need top ten best ideas to train your dog. The ideas will help you learn how to make your dog obey.
10. Listen to your dog
Learning to listen to your dog is the first tip. If your dog seems to be uncomfortable meeting another person, animal or dog, do not insist that he say hello. There is a reason why he is uncomfortable and you should respect that. Forcing such an issue may result in bigger problems in the future.
9. Be generous with your affection
A lot of people are usually very clear about what makes them unhappy with their dogs, but they normally ignore what they are happy with their dog. It is a big mistake because you have to give your dog a lot of attention when he is doing something right or doing the right thing. Make sure he knows when he has been a good dog. You should be extra generous with your praise and attention during such situations.
8. Does he really like it?
Just because the package states a treat all dogs love’ does not necessarily mean your dog will automatically love it. Some dogs are quite selective when it comes to what they like to eat. Usually, crunchy and hard treats may be less exciting than chewy and soft treats. Find out what he likes by keeping an eye open when rewarding him with treats.
7. Tell him what you want
There is nothing inherently wrong with saying no’ to your dog. The only problem is that the order will not give him enough information. Tell your dog what you want him to do instead of just telling him no. Dogs are not good at generalizing. If you tell him no when he jumps on someone as his way of saying hello, saying no may make him jump in a different direction or even jump higher. A better alternative would be telling him sit’. Giving him a command is better as it prevents confusion.
If you own a dog as a family, it is crucial to get most, if not all, family members involved so everyone is on the same page. You may be telling your dog down’ when he jumps on the couch. Another family member may be telling him off’. This is the beginning of confusion and it can only be avoided by consistency.
5. Realistic expectations
Behavioral change takes time. You need to be realistic on how long it will take for your dog to change behaviors that make you unhappy. Normally, behaviors which are considered as normal’ dog behaviors such as jumping, digging and barking will take the most time. You also have to take it consideration the duration it took the dog to rehearse the behavior.
For example, if you did not mind when your dog jumped up on people as his way of saying hi for the past several years and you decide you no longer want him to do that anymore, change of this behavior will take a much longer duration to undo than if you had addressed it when he was a puppy or when you first got him. Keep in mind that despite the fact that some behaviors will take longer to change, it is never too late to change a dog’s behavior.
4. Never underestimate the advantages of using high quality food
Always feed your dog a high quality diet that has the recommended protein amounts. For example, a dog that herds sheep all day will need more protein than a dog that spends most of his days lounging indoors. The money you spend when you feed your dog high quality, recommended foods is the money you would have spent on veterinary bills if you did not do so. Checking with your veterinarian for the right diet for your dog is the way to go.
3. You will get what you reinforce
There is a strong likelihood that a dog will exhibit a behavior you don’t like only if it was reinforced before. A good example can be when your dog brings you an item, say a toy, and barks in a bid to entice you to throw it. When you throw the item, your dog will learn that barking gets you to do what he wants. When you say no’ and he barks again, throwing the toy then will teach him that persistence pays off. Within a very short time, you will have a dog that barks a lot when he wants something done. The solution is very simple as you can ask him to do something (like sit’) before you throw his toy or just ignore his barking.
2. Bribery versus reward
Bribery in dog training can be defined as the act of using treats to train a dog. In essence, dogs do what works best for them. If using treats gets your dog to do what you want, then why not. The world around you can also be used as reinforcement. Take note that a learning opportunity is present in every interaction you have with your dog. So when you come to think about it, food or a treat is not used often except in the course of active training sessions. So how comes your dog continues to hang out? It is because you reinforce him with walks, games, touch and praise. Just remember the treat should not produce the behavior; the behavior should produce the treat.
A new dog should be given the chance to earn freedom throughout your home. A common error that new dog owners make is giving a new dog too much freedom too soon. Such a move can easily result with accidents relating to destructive chewing and housetraining. So, if necessary, use baby gates to section off parts of the house and close off doors to unoccupied rooms. One of the best ways to reduce incidents is keeping your dog tethered when in the house by using a doggie safe area or crate when you are not in a position to supervise him actively.
Combining all these tips, or some of them, will ensure you are successful in training your dog. Not only will you be able to teach the dog obedience, but you will also be able to train him to obey your commands. Basically, with such tips, you will successfully make your dog obey.