TRAINING BASICS FOR ALL BREEDS (part 2)
In order to have a great dog, you need to learn control and firmness. Yelling at the dog is counterproductive, and it is necessary to balance strictness in response to misbehavior and love in response to obedience. This consistent interaction will lend toward a good relationship between you are your dog.
Consistency is extremely important in any training program. If more than one member of your family is training your dog, be sure all people use the same commands, rewards and discipline. Your puppy will learn quickly if you only use a few different words and always expect the same behavior.
Accidents will happen sometimes when you house train your pet. Make certain the accidents are cleaned up immediately, so your training efforts cans stay on course. The smell from the feces and urine can stay in the carpet, and cause your pet to want to relieve themselves on that spot more often. There are a number of products that will get rid if the smell. Look for them at your favorite pet store.
Are you providing your dog with high quality, nutritional food? Like kids, dogs can also act out if they are not eating well. Think about changing up your pet’s diet to give them the nutrients they need. Talk to your vet to learn the nutritional needs of your dog.
Anxiety in dogs often leads to destructive behavior like chewing or clawing. Putting your dog in his crate with a chew toy will reduce the chance of destructive events and give him something to do while he waits for you.
Regular challenges will keep your dog from losing his chops. Quiz him on what he knows, even if you know he’s still got it.
If you catch your puppy chewing on things, stop him. Get some toys for your puppy to chew on and make sure he understands the difference by scolding or praising him.
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