Getting a dog, especially for the very first time, can be a very exciting time. It’s important, though, to remember that having a dog isn’t unlike having a child. It is a big responsibility and if you want your dog to be a well behaved member of your household you have to teach him how to act, this is where canine dog training comes in.
Dogs are naturally intelligent, social animals. They want to please their owners and get praise and love in return. If you keep these facts in mind while training your dog things will go much more smoothly.
All creatures need to be taught the proper way to behave in society. Your dog is no exception. As the ‘parent’ it is your job to teach them these very important skills.
But don’t let that freak you out. It isn’t hard to do. It just takes a little time, a little consistency and a lot of love.
Here are some important points about dog training:
1) You should start training your dog as soon as you bring them home. Whether you have a puppy or a full grown dog they need to learn the rules of your house. The sooner you start the easier the transition will be.
2) Older dogs can be re-trained, but it is a little more challenging because you may have to break some bad habits first then teach them the proper way to behave.
3) Crate training is a very effective way of housebreaking your puppy. Dogs are clean by nature and don’t like to soil their ‘dens’. If you keep your dog in a crate whenever you aren’t able to adequately supervise her it will cut way down on the number of accidents in your house.
4) Remember a crate is not a punishment. Keep the crate near the family and only leave your dog in it when you aren’t around. Put toys and water in the crate for your dog. You want them to feel comfortable and safe in their ‘den’.
5) Make sure to take your puppy out regularly. Making them wait too long to relieve themselves is not only a sure way to have accidents it can also lead to infections.
Canine dog training doesn’t have to be a big traumatic event for you or your dog. Some common sense, a lot of love and a little knowledge is all you need to teach your new family member what is expected of her. Take the time early so you can enjoy each other for a lifetime.