When you think about owning a dog, only pleasant memories come to mind. But when it comes to training the dog, some people just walk away. There are a lot of responsibilities associated with owning a dog. Other than cleaning and feeding home, you have to ensure the surrounding is conducive. It is no easy task training a dog good behaviors and obedience. Nevertheless, after your dog has integrated all the training, you will be happy to have decided to train him. In addition, you get to form an unbreakable bond with your dog and respect becomes the foundation. After all, a dog is a man’s best friend.
The first thing that you have to put in check is the dog’s obedience. Keep in mind that without obedience, the dog will never follow any of your commands and therefore no training will push through. You have to establish good communication. Let your dog understand you without you punishing it. You therefore need to start slow and with basic commands like ‘sit’ and ‘stay’. Establish dominance so the dog recognizes you as the head. Once your dog can obey you, then the rest of the training becomes easy.
When you are training your dog, you can control all the erratic behaviors that you might have seen in the past. A lot of people associate the behavior of the dog to its owner. Train your dog on how to behave when in public, on the street, at home, when playing, during meal times, and so on. Undesirable behaviors like growling, chewing, digging, barking to guests, and whining can be eradicated completely. Do not forget to show the dog where to relieve itself.
There are different levels of training. Take for instance the growth of a small baby from birth until walking, so is the same when training dogs. Before you advance to strict heavy commands, start with simple basic commands while you monitor the behavior of the dog.
Professionals advice dogs be trained at an early age. Puppies are preferred if the training is much physical as they are young and flexible. Nevertheless, obedience and behavior can be trained to any dog at any age.
Patience and persistence are key qualities in any dog trainer. You ought to know that your dog will not get everything the first time around.
It is important to have a system in place for rewarding your dog accordingly. A plan like this ensures that your dog does more in anticipation of a reward. For example, when the dog does something good, you can give him a treat. If the dog misbehaves, then you can punish him by refusing to offer the treat. This ensures the dog follows your every command.