90 TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR TRAINING MAN''''S BEST FRIEND
General Dog Training Tips
1. Concentrate on
what your dog is doing right. Professional dog trainers everywhere tell
their students to reward their dogs when they do something right. This "positive
training" method is in contrast to training that centers on punishment. Trainers
recommend that owners praise and reward their dogs with treats and affection for
good behavior instead of just scolding them for bad behavior.
Be proactive and keep your dog from behaving badly in the first place.
One of the most important tips that a professional dog trainer will tell his or
her students is that good behavior is not just the responsibility of the dog.
The owner must make every effort to avoid giving the dog the ability to engage
in bad behavior while they are still learning the ropes. For example, if you
notice that your dog likes to chew, it''''s important to make sure that everyone in
the home puts their shoes behind closed closet doors to remove temptation.
3. Stop saying NO! One of the biggest mistakes that
people make when training their dogs is saying NO without giving the dog an
explanation of some type. Dogs, much like children, will become confused with a
simple command of NO! Here''''s what you should do instead. If your dog is stealing
the cat''''s food, tell him NO and then gently guide him to his own food dish. Or,
if your dog is chewing on a table leg tell him NO and give him rawhide or
another toy on which he can chew. Once your dog begins to actually use the new
behavior, reward him with treats, toys and praise.
4. Learn the
difference between boredom and separation anxiety. It is important to
determine whether your dog is misbehaving when you leave home because he is
bored, or because he is experiencing a case of separation anxiety. Figuring out
why your dog is engaging in bad behaviors is usually the quickest way to combat
the problem. If boredom seems to be the issue, you can probably keep your dog
from destroying your house during alone time by providing him a toy stuffed with
treats or something else that will help exercise his mind a little. If
separation anxiety is the problem, you will need to learn ways to desensitize
your dog to not only your absence, but also your "preparing to leave" routine.
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