Most dogs require training to become well behaved. Utilize the following tips to help turn your dog into a well behaved family member.

Gradual increments are easiest on your dog when going through crate training. Once they have grown accustomed to being in the crate with the gate open, try closing the gate and feeding them small treats through the crate. Use small increments of time, and build them up as your puppy or dog becomes more relaxed with the process. If they become upset, you are moving too fast.

Dogs have great focus and can focus on one thing, ignoring everything else, until something breaks their attention. Your dog can learn to focus less and less, except for your commands, by using repetition.

Choose one phrase to use every time you want your dog to do his business. When you take your dog out, repeat this command. This will help him form an association between being taken outside and doing his business.

As you progress with your dog’s training, you should begin to give it more and more freedom. You will find your dog to be more obedient and your dog will be happier. However, don’t allow your dog to have too much freedom because this could negatively impact your training.

You should never do long sessions of training. By keeping the sessions short you will be able to hold your dog’s attention. If you want to engage in additional training, allow the dog to have a break in order to get some exercise.

Dog barking can be stopped by removing the cause. It can be a sound, or being face to face with other people or other animals. The dog must learn that they do not need to start barking when these things occur.

Water spray bottles can be used to avert bad behavior. This helps the dog learn which behaviors are not acceptable. Before long, your dog will no longer display these behaviors, and will be obedient and playful.

Is your dog getting enough nutrition? Dogs are like children in the sense that bad diets lead to them acting bratty and hyperactive. Your dog’s diet should be adapted to its species and its age so your dog is full of energy. Also, speak with your vet to make sure that your dog is getting the proper nutritional content.

Even when he tries your patience, you must consistently show patience and care. Your dog is not human and doesn’t know English. He will pick up on gestures and tones you give off rather than what you are actually saying. Stay calm and take frequent breaks to prevent frustration.

One very good way to reinforce a desired behavior in a pet is by providing a treat after the behavior is successfully performed. Fade the treats gradually until the pet is only receiving a small amount of the treat, then substitute a pat or verbal praise for the treat.

Don’t despair if your pooch is acting crazy. You can train most dogs as long as you know what to do and exercise patience. Use these tips to ease training efforts and boost your dog’s results.

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