Dog Training - Learn to Solve Dog Problems

February 17, 2019
As a dog owner with over 25 years of experience, I can attest that having a dog is one of the most wonderful things that has ever happened in my life. The companionship and joy they bring is incomparable.

Dog House Training

The first area of dog training many people want to imprint on their dogs is house training. The key to good dog training is to be patient and consistent. Some experts recommend offering treats to your dog when the animal behaves well but this isn't absolutely necessary. For the purposes of house training you can begin by taking the dog outside after eating, after it wakes and after playtime. Then it's simply a matter of supervising your dog and waiting for it to poop or pee (wait for 10-15 minutes to see if your dog needs to go and if it it doesn't then you can go back inside). If your dog does poop or pee than use a command word like "toilet" and scoop up and dispose of the mess. If your dog poops or pees indoors then scoop up the mess and take it outside. You must drill or repeat the command word into the dog whenever it poops or pees outside and when this happens, you can reward the dog with lots of praise and affection or treats. After a while whenever you go outside and say the command word your dog will do its business almost immediately and the house training process will have been imprinted successfully. A similar method of using command words and positive reinforcement is recommended for teaching the puppy to come, stay, sit etc.

When to start dog training?

Remember also that it's never too early to start the dog training and you'd be amazed how quickly your puppy will pick things up. The dog training sessions should not be overly complicated and their duration should not exceed half an hour. Keep things short and sweet and make sure that the lesson is easily understood by your dog and most importantly you should frequently repeat the drill until it becomes second nature to your dog to behave in the way you wish.

Dog Training schools and Home Dog Training

Some traditional dog training schools have used strategies of punishment based on strict and harsh mentoring of dogs. However if you train a puppy from a young age then undesirable habits won't have a chance to become an established part of your dog's behaviour. Most modern dog experts prefer dog training to be based on trust, mutual respect and enthusiastic praise or affection, believing the animal will respond better to positive stimulate than negative ones.

Dog Behaviour Advice

Dog training is not a simple task and we don't have the luxury of sharing the same language as our four legged friends so you'll have to learn the habits and moods of your dog and adapt your training methods accordingly. After a while you should be able to identify what every yelp, shriek, growl and bark from your puppy is indicating. If you are realistic and patient with the puppy then progress will occur. Don't expect miracles too soon as the puppy is young, enthusiastic and energetic and will need the right amounts of coaxing and guidance to do what you want it to do. If you are persistent and continuously drill the training sessions and back up the positive dog behaviour with rewards then you will learn to solve dog problems at an early stage in your dog's life and the dog training will have proven to be a tremendously successful and beneficial exercise for both you and your dog.

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