What is the best place to find dog training tips
, and from what point should you begin? First, you should understand what your dog needs to obtain from a training situation, and then learn how to deliver it. Many people credit dogs for being more intelligent than they actually are. The fact of the matter is that dogs simply respond to their owners’ actions. Your dog wants to be part of your pack and wants to be accepted, but the bottom line is that a dog is still an animal, and it still has animal instincts.
If you want to change any unwanted behaviors, instead of scolding or yelling at your dog, redirect your dog’s attention to the desired behavior, focusing on replacing how he expresses his instincts.
Core Dog Training Tips
A few core facts should be accepted and instituted by anyone attempting to train a dog. These can simplify dog training by quite a bit.
– Crate training provides a dog with a “den” it can consider its own. Don’t ever use a crate as punishment, and be sure to spend plenty of time at home when first crate-training him, so he can become accustomed to it without feeling you’ve abandoned or punished him. As most dog training guides will tell you, a crate can make housebreaking and handling anxiety issues much less difficult to handle.
– If your dog is having leash issues, the best thing to teach him how to attain a calm and controlled state. Feeling calm and controlled will let him respond to your commands without becoming overexcited over the impending walk.
Almost all leash issues in dogs are because the dog is permitted to run wild outside and pull their owners along, meaning the dog is in charge. If your dog strains against the leash, make him to sit, then wait beside you before continuing on your way. Very quickly, your dog will associate their pulling on the leash with their walk’s sudden stopping.
The Alpha Position
– The very most important dog training tips
are those in relation to your position in the household. In spite of what most people think, your dog is not to be held responsible for his own training. He has no idea what you want, and doesn’t understand most of the words you say. It is up to you to teach your dog who is the leader of the pack (you), and who has control of the situation (you). Once he has learned these two things, he can relax and let you take charge, instead of wondering who is going to keep the pack safe.
– Generally, the very best dog-training information can be gleaned from an obedience course. These classes teach novice dog owners how to establish and maintain the alpha leader position in their homes, exhibit control over their new pet, and give precise commands that garner results. If you have a new puppy, or perhaps are seeing your older dog engaging in undesirable behaviors, an obedience class in addition to home training may be just the thing.
The Importance of Consistency
No matter what you may learn in dog training class, the fact is, you, the owner, must consistently enforce the rules. Dogs are very intelligent, but generally not nearly as intelligent as we believe them to be. You, and everyone in your household, absolutely must know what the rules are for your dog, and must enforce them all the time. Otherwise, you’re creating a potential problem, because your dog won’t take you seriously.