If you want good dog training tips then it’s worth firstly thinking about what your dog needs from you. Once you understand what dogs actually need then you can learn how to give it to them. We all credit dogs with being smart and they are to an extent – in reality dogs have evolved to be very attuned to our actions and communications. Very simply – a dog reacts to us. It wants to please us and be included by us, but at the end of the day it’s still an animal with animal instincts. So, if you want to influence a dog’s behaviour and in particular adjust any negative behaviour, then best way to approach this is to redirect your dog’s attention and focus onto a different behaviour (still within the scope of their natural instincts) rather than shout and yell at them. You give them an alternative behaviour that is acceptable to you and praise them for performing it. Core Dog Training Tips Here are a few basic things that every dog owner should consider when training their dog. If you can get these right then it will make the rest of your dog training much easier. Crate Training Dogs like to have dens – a secure place that they can retreat to. In the wild they will actually seek out a snug or even dig one out. So giving your dog a crate or cage that it can call its own provides your dog with a home. Now given the way we live nowadays and the abundance of been bag type dog beds you may need to train your dog to get used to its crate. This is known as “crate training”. The idea is to get your dog used to the crate by spending time with your dog in the crate. Make it comfortable with nice bedding and initially offer treats whenever your dog settles in the crate. Never use a crate as a punishment – it is meant to be the dog’s happy place where he goes to rest and sleep. Most dog training tips will tell you that a crate can make house breaking and toilet training much easier, as well as helping with bark reduction and separation anxiety issues. Leash or Lead Training Many people have issues with their dog on a leash or lead. The most important thing you can do is teach them to be in a controlled, calm state whenever on a leash. Too often a dog gets overly excited about going on a walk the minute they see the lead and they start the walk off in this excited state of mind. Once outside the majority of...Read More
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