Use these ten back-to-school tips for dogs to help your dog prepare for changes when your children’s summer vacation ends.
Dog training takes time and effort. And it needs to start the day you bring your puppy or dog home.
Dog training should be a lifelong project for you and your dog. Make it fun and mix playtime with dog training.
To be successful, use these dog training tips: Be a leader, be firm, be humane and give praise.
Be a leader
Dogs are social, pack-oriented animals who respond best to a leader figure whether dog or human. The best pack leaders are the ones who are the most consistent. Dogs react to consistency because they know they can trust the consistent leader. Consistent leaders don’t invite the dog onto the couch one day and punish him the next when he jumps on the couch without permission.
Good leaders are firm without being harsh. A good leader tells the dog to do something. He or she doesn’t shout at the dog, plead with the dog or scream at the dog to obey. The punctuation at the end of a good leader’s command is merely a period.
Third, a good leader is compassionate. He or she doesn’t punish the dog for mistakes that were made by the leader.
When the dog does something praiseworthy, deliver approval immediately. The good leader does not praise behaviors that are unwanted, no matter how unintentional the recognition may be.
If the dog is showing fear, aggressiveness, or timidity, the good leader either ignores the behavior or tells the dog to knock it off. The good leader doesn’t praise, and, therefore, encourage the response, by stroking the dog, telling him it’s OK, you’re a good boy, etc., while the dog is acting out.
To train your dog to be well behaved, start with five key cues to teach your puppy: come, sit, stay, wait, and watch.
Working from home: To be successful, tire your dog out before work starts, provide appropriate chew toys, and consider using doggy daycare.
Teach your puppy: Start with his name, socialization, potty training, basic commands, and his safe spaces.
The most common aggressive puppy warning signs to watch for include behaviors like snarling, growling, mounting, snapping, and biting.
Nose work for dogs uses canines powerful scent receptors to fight crime, track poachers, save avalanche victims, and find truffles.
Determine what causes your dog’s non-stop barking. Is it anxiety, dominance or both? Once you decide, use training to correct the underlying problem.
If your dog is not motivated by food, it’s not the end of the world. You just have to get a little more creative in how you reward your dog.
Dogs communicate using body language, much like humans do. Take time and look at your dog’s body language cues to understand what they want from you.
Avoid common dog training mistakes like not having enough patience, failing to properly reward your dog, or set a schedule.