There is no doubt that having a family dog is a blessing. Dogs can be playful, loveable, and incredibly loyal. However, dog ownership is rarely smooth sailing, and having a perfectly obedient dog won't happen overnight. You'll need to invest lots of time and effort into training if you want to have yourself a well-behaved dog that won't embarrass you or cause absolute mayhem when they are out in public. As much as it's tempting to snuggle and play with your pup, training needs to be a priority, and it won't always be easy. Here are a few training tips that should help you on your way to building an indestructible bond with your furry friend and having a dog you can be proud of :
Be Mindful When Naming Your Dog
There are times when you'll get a dog that comes with the perfect name. Perhaps you got them from the shelter and they already recognize a name they were given. However, it's not unheard of to change a dog's name in order for them to have a fresh start. When changing a dog's name, it's important to use it consistently so they become accustomed to it.
Believe it or not, some dog names are better for training than others. It helps if the name is short and ends with a strong consonant that is easy to hear. Names like Jack, Jasper and Rover will get their attention. Whatever the case, be sure to associate the name with as much fun and positivity as possible and avoid using it when reprimanding them.
Start By Setting House Rules
First things first. Before proceeding with training, it is important to set some ground rules. Will you allow your dog on the bed? Are their parts of the house that are off-limits? Will they have their own spot in the living room? Establishing certain house rules will provide solid foundations for training and avoid confusion.
Reward Good Behaviour
When it comes to dog training, positive reinforcement is key. Some dogs work well with toys and praise, but the food is usually the best motivator. Use natural dog food or high-value treats to encourage good behavior. Don't ever reward bad behavior.
The first command every pup needs to learn is to come when called. Start by getting down to their level and getting them to come to you using their name. Whenever they do as they are asked, praise them excitedly and use loads of positive reinforcement. As they become more advanced, try to practice recall when they are distracted with food and a toy. As time goes on, you'll realize that it is this basic command that will save you lots of trouble and help you get out of difficult situations.
Dogs love being playful and jumping is just part of that, but jumping is a bad habit that should not be encouraged, no matter how fun it can seem. If your dog jumps up on you, ignore the behavior by turning your back on them rather than reprimanding them. Once they've calmed down, you can praise them and offer positive reinforcement but never encourage jumping by petting them when they get into a jumping position.
Naturally, all of this information on dog training can seem a bit overwhelming for a new dog owner, but it doesn't have to be. Training will take time, but eventually you'll learn to understand your dog and form an indestructible bond.