Training your dog is a lot like programming a new TV remote. The animal and the device are fully capable of producing the desired results, yet something more is needed to take advantage of those functions. Dogs already have in them the innate intelligence to be trained, but a person needs to follow tips like these in order to bring the skills out.
You need to establish regular feeding routines for your dog. Feed your dog at the same time everyday and giving your dog fifteen minutes to eat will help your dog remember when it is time to eat. After some time training the dog this way, it will begin to finish the food before it is time to pick up the bowl.
Reinforcement is a key element in dog training. Reinforcement only works, however, when it is executed with the proper timing. Excitedly saying, “Good girl!” just a few seconds too late has little positive impact on the dog’s future performance in terms of the desired act. Reinforcement for desired behavior should be immediate.
When you are working on commands with your dog, work only on one command at a time, and only say the command one time. Do not say the command word more than once. Your goal is for your dog to obey the command immediately. You don’t want to have to say the same thing over and over.
Consider your dog’s personality as you begin your training program. Make sure to start slowly if your pet has aggressive tendencies. If you try to exert control over a dog that prefers to be dominant, your pet may react aggressively toward you and derail your training plans.
When you first get your puppy don’t expect him to learn a large number of commands in a short amount of time. Your puppy needs time to acclimate to his new environment. During this time, it is possible to teach him two or three simple commands. Do not move on to other commands until your puppy has mastered these.
If you want your dog to follow the rules, keep training it, it needs to be refreshed! Most owners think training once is all that it takes. Dogs are much like humans, in the sense that they share the same habitual learning system. Therefore it is very important to maintain a good set of rules for your dog.
Now that you are armed with some great advice, you are all set to begin the task of training your dog. The training process can be instructional and gratifying for both the dog and its owner.