Considerations When Training Your Dog

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Considerations When Training Your Dog

by Eric Hartwell

The mantra of seasoned pet trainers is to begin to train your dog at an early age. They say that good dogs are made, not born, and that if you wish to stack the cards in your favor, then pick a quiet, docile dog breed to begin with. Some dogs are more outgoing, loud, tense, and scatty than others. Dogs have different levels of friendliness and noise. Some dogs bark loudly, and often, as a consistent feature, and for other breeds, it turns out be an anomaly. So, the first step is choosing a dog that, all other desires considered, is relatively quiet, responsive, and friendly around humans. The second step is in purchasing or acquiring it an early age so that you can begin to train your dog before adolescence and adulthood. Well-behaved dogs are made, not born, so here are some tips on how to get there successfully:

Consistency on your part is critical. Repetition and rewards are two must-have items in your tool kit. Always punish a bad or unwanted behavior and always reward a positive behavior. Since the dog has no way of knowing that it's better to pee outside than on the newly-cleaned Persian rug, you must take the necessary steps to contain, punish, and reward your dog. For example, pat your dog on the head for coming when you call him, or give him a doggie treat. Tap him under the jaw or on the nose and say, "No!" or "Wrong!" when he does something wrong. If need be, when housebreaking, crate off a little portion of the house so that the dog doesn't pee everywhere. At least the mess will be contained. Always take your dog outside when he shows signs of needing to use the bathroom like crouching, whimpering, or pacing. It's absolutely necessary that you keep your attitude consistent when training your dog. Never take out your anger on your dog or reward negative behavior by accident, i.e., when you're in a good mood. Repetition with reward - over a long time period - achieves results.

Some pet owners prefer electronic dog collars to reduce barking and noise. It's advisable that this option be understood properly so it's not open to abuse. Always keep it on a low level; if barking and whimpering occur, it's probably on a too high of a setting. Some collars emit unpleasant, inaudible noises instead. This method should be used in succession with a long leash. If the dog refuses to come in, it's advisable to pull him back in. Reeling your dog back in can save him from the dangers of the street - cars, children, other dogs, and angry teens. If you're feeling tense about using a device like this, consider that hitting your dog or dragging him in by the collar are bad too.

Your dog can live happily together with your family if you just begin to train your dog well!

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