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5 Tips for Dog Training

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Stuff happens, both in life and dog training. These five easy to follow tips will help ensure that when it happens it will be outside and not in your slipper. Let’s look at the tips to make dog training easier for you, and the dog.

  1. Pay attention to what the dog is doing.

One easy method to avoid mistakes in dog training is not watching the dog. If you punish your dog in an inconsistent manner for bad behavior the dog can become confused. Wondering why he only gets in trouble some of the time for the same behavior, he most likely will not learn to associate his behavior with the punishment and will not understand what he did wrong. During training the dog will misbehave on occasion, after all he does not know any better. By keeping an eye on him you can help prevent destruction of your home.

  1. Knowing when to put the dog out to use the bathroom.

Proper feeding routines can be a great help in training and often go overlooked as such. When dogs eat at the same time everyday guess what, they use the bathroom at close to the same time every day. This makes house breaking easier for you and the dog. This also helps with the dog’s proper weight and health.

  1. Dogs should know how to socialize from an early age.

An important, and easily overlooked area in dog training, is teaching the dog how to socialize with other dogs. This is very important when you think of taking walks down the street or in the park. Ensure that your dog is current on all vaccinations before allowing them to visit with other dogs, this is both for your dog’s health and theirs.

  1. Being in charge of the house and dog.

From day one establish your status as the leader of your family. This will help when you expect them to follow your commands. An easy way to accomplish this is by beginning with formal obedience training. Teach basic commands like stay, sit, fetch and others. Establish a formal obedience schedule as soon as possible.

  1. Stay informed.

While these tips are a beginning do not stop here. Keep reading on all the dog training techniques and tips that you can find. No one knows everything and there are many different ways to train dogs. Some work better with some dogs than others. Some techniques may be easier for you than others. By staying informed you help to ensure a happy obedient dog.

Hopefully these five easy to follow steps for dog training will help you to have a well trained dog, which will lead to a positive experience both for you and for your dog.

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