The dog that you have just adopted may seem less like Lassie, and more like Cujo. With some consistent training, you can transform your rambunctious dog into an intelligent and attentive companion.
You can try a little bit of ingenuity if you are going with crate training for your indoor dog or puppy. If they shy away from the crate, try placing a chew bone and shutting its gate when they are not inside. The dog will smell the bone and want to go racing into the crate to eat it. After your dog goes into the crate, give positive reinforcement to increase the chance that he will go into the crate again.
Try to think like your dog. You may feel burnt out if your dog does not seem to be responding to their training. Don’t give up! Think how they think instead. This could help you overcome training hurdles.
Ensure that your dog gets plenty of exercise and stimulation. Don’t let your dog sit around with nothing to do. They won’t get any exercise that way and if they’re too bored, they might sniff around and get into some trouble. Bored dogs are harder to train. When your dog gets regular exercise, he will be much happier and will pay attention more easily. You and your dog can run or walk together daily.
A puppy should have chew toys to get him through the teething pains. Keep other things out of his reach. Give it one of his toys instead. A frozen washcloth is a great way to help your pup ease his teething pain.
Do not tie up your dogs too closely. The restraints for each dog can become tangled and in an effort to free themselves, they can be injured. It can even be fatal if you tie a large dog up with a small dog, and the large dog ends up getting a chain wrapped around the small dog’s neck.
The first rule to remember when you begin to house train your puppy is that what you feed them will eventually come out the other end. In order to foster routine toilet habits, give your dog good food between 2 and 3 times daily on a firm schedule. That way, you’ll know when you need to take your doggie out to “go”.
Choose a crate that fits your dog properly and use it to crate train them. Puppies grow up quickly. You need a crate that can still fit the puppy once it becomes a dog. The ideal size would be one that doesn’t make your dog crowded when turning around or laying down.
Come up with a phrase that you can teach your puppy during house training. For example, you could use the phrase, “go potty” when you take them outside to help them remember what to do when you go outside and say the command.
Most people are surprised how quickly their dog can learn from training and how fast they get results. If your dog is getting on your nerves, it’s time to put the above tips to use.