Dogs have common traits regardless of their breed. Someone with a good grasp of these universal doggy traits should be able to successfully train almost any sort of dog. This article will address such things as learning a dog’s temperament and how to train a dog with that in mind.
All dogs need daily exercise and it can be an important part of your training efforts. Daily exercise shows your dog that he is a member of the family, as well as letting him know you are a strong leader. Exercise encourages his confidence and provides you with wonderful bonding opportunities.
Your home is your domain. Your dog must see the environment they live in as your territory. Stepping around a lying dog or not moving the animal from a place you intend to use gives him the right of way. This should not be allowed. Dominance in the pack means exercising your power in a non-confrontational way but with firm resolve that this is your territory.
Focus on your body language when training. Dogs respond much easier to non-verbal cues. Pay attention to how they respond to different actions and facial expressions that you make to learn what affect they have on them. Keep your words short and too the point and reinforce it with bodily actions.
Dogs generally focus on one thing while ignoring everything around them, unless something interrupts that intense focus. Dogs learn by repetition so with continued training, your dog will immediately focus on what you are saying.
Stay with the training, so that he doesn’t forget the lessons that he learned. Keep him in practice. Many owners believe that once training is over, the dog will be set for life. That’s not a good idea, since animals and humans form and retain habits in a similar way. This is why you must make sure that you have a rule system that is strict for your dog.
Never cave in to bad behavior. Your dog will always love you, but it needs to know that you’re the boss. Don’t encourage bad behavior and let your dog know that any such behavior will be met with punishment. At the same time, make sure you reward good behavior as well.
Setup a solid plan for what you want to accomplish with your dog training. If you have goals marked on your calendar it can give you a way to measure your progress with the dog training, and offer you hints about whether or not you would need to change anything in your routine.
When you are trying to train your dog to follow a command, repetition is key. Practice the command multiple times a day and be sure to offer your dog praise and a treat when he or she successfully follows your command. Repetition will ensure that your dog will remember and follow the command in the future.
Training a dog is a lot easier if the trainer can work from a solid understanding of canine behavior. Once someone has this knowledge, he or she will be able to train a dog in the best possible way. By knowing as much as possible about one’s dog one will be able to better train it.