Being a pet parent can be very rewarding, but at the same time, it comes with tons of responsibilities. Training your dog is very challenging, especially when you aren’t a pro on canine psychology. Here are a few tips on how to train your four legged bff at home like a true dog whisperer!
1# – The Place For Training Your Dog
There is no better place to train your dog than in your home and in its “territory” which makes it easier for your four legged friend to focus on your commands without having to keep its guard up all the time. If they feel comfortable in their environment, they can focus on you and your commands.
2# – Training Time
Training sessions need to be as short as possible. If you let your dog get bored, they won’t follow your commands whatsoever. For the sessions to work they need to be 10-15 minutes long to ensure they are being productive. The trick to get your dog to really become “trained” is repetition and consistency.
3# – Do Not Use Punishment While Training Your Dog
Contrary to what you might think and see on television, punishment is a terrible form of training your dog because it only causes fear and generally leads to overall aggressive behavior. What you want to do is use what is known as positive reinforcement to gain its confidence and reward them with treats or love if it follows your command. If it doesn’t follow your command, you ignore him until he complies.
4# – Have Patience While Training Your Puppy
You need to be consistent, so you don’t confuse your pet’s mind. When you act inconsistently you can get in return a bad behavior because they don’t understand what you want.
Your pet needs to continually learn so they can keep up with their training and have the commands become natural behavioral responses or triggers that will get the to comply automatically. In other words, like with everything in life…training never stops.
5# – Socializing
A good way to get your dog to be more responsive is socializing with other dogs. If you live in an urban area let them see other people and dogs. If you live in a rural area, introducing your pets to farm animals is a great way to get them used to other animals. The more information and contact with other people, beings, sounds, smells and images is great to stimulate your best buddy to be alert and entertained. Let him look out the window and be curious with the world.
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