Dogs are wonderful companions and, for many of us, we consider them part of the family. However, there is no escaping the fact that our four-legged friends/family members require training. Here are some dog training tips to live by when helping our furry mates find their footing in your home.
1. Consistency Is Key
When training your dog, it is very important that all family and/or household members are on the same page. If someone is telling the animal to stay off the furniture while someone else is encouraging the canine to jump up on the couch and cuddle, the dog is being given mixed signals and chances are the animal will not respond in the desired fashion. Therefore, in order to achieve success, consistency is key when training your canine.
2. Get to Know Your Dog’s Likes and Dislikes
Not all dogs are the same. That is the bottom line. Some canines are very particular about their likes and dislikes, especially when it comes to their food. Therefore, it is important to be observant and take note of their preferences (e.g soft and chewy vs. hard and crunchy treats, moist vs. dry food, desired feeding times, etc.) Moreover, it is also important to keep your eyes peeled for any signs of distress and/or abnormalities. This might be indicative of allergies or a serious health issue for your canine, so it is important to stay alert to your animal’s signals.
3. Learn to Communicate With Your Canine
The importance of this training tip cannot be overstated. All animals have their own methods of communication-whether it is with other animals or humans. Dogs know how to express themselves and convey their emotions; however, it is up to their owners to decode their messages. As such, as dog owners, we must learn to communicate with our animals and decipher their wants, needs, etc. Communication is crucial to all successful relationships. This aspect certainly extends to you and your animals.
4. Be Specific With Commands
Instead of telling your dog no, tell the canine what you want him or her to do. Since dogs do not generalize well, it is important to be specific with your commands. For example, when your canine leaps up on someone to say hello, instruct the pooch site instead of telling the dog “no.” This command tells the animal what you want him/her to do and avoids confusion.
5. Potty Train With Purpose
Potty training your dog can be a rewarding, as well as trying, experience. In many cases, crate training your canine is the way to go. This method is often the best option for elderly and/or disabled pet owners, as well as apartment dwellers. That way, dog owners can house train their four-legged friends without concerns about adverse weather conditions, waste pick-up and disposal, maintaining control of the animal, possible injury. etc. Meanwhile, others will opt to train their canine outdoors or alternate between outdoor and indoor potty training methods, depending on weather, limited mobility, and/or other related issues. Regardless of what methods are utilized, potty training should be done with purpose.
In most cases, dogs are not just our companions or furry friends, they are part of the family. Yet, our four-legged family members require training, patience, and must establish lines of communication with their owners. That being said, this article provides dog training tips to live by when helping your canine find their place in their new home. For more information on dog training, check out Polite Paws K9 School.