Dogs Don’t Speak English, So How Do We Reach Them?

Published in Treats on 31st January 2017

 

St. Paddy's Day Dog Treats 2009
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As a dog owner you have a responsibility to teach your dog to behave properly. A dog does not instinctively know right from wrong. You can use the tips that have been provided in this article to learn how to properly train your dog so that they are well behaved.

A great dog training tip is to be perceptive about what dog foods and treats your dog likes. Just like humans, not all dogs like the same foods. There are a lot of different dog treats. Try experimenting with different dog treats to see which ones your dog likes the most.

Teaching your dog a “release” command is as important as teaching him “sit” and “stay”. However, when choosing your command word, make sure it is not a commonly used word like “OK”, or “good”. Your dog associates word sounds with commands, and will not understand that you are telling your kids “OK”, not him!

Make sure you dog proof your home to reduce chewing or destructive behavior while you are away. Young dogs or bored dogs may chew when left alone just to have something to do. Take the time to close interior doors and put away items dogs like to chew before you leave to limit the opportunities for chewing while you are gone.

Effective dog training is not about punishing your dog to get them to do what you want. Dog training is about positive reinforcement to help your dog understand how to cooperate with humans. Making behavior training fun and exciting for your dog, will go much further than punishment does.

Find a suitable trainer. Ask your vet, other dog owners, or a local shelter or rescue organization for recommendations. Also, check out the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, which has a list of approved instructors on their website. When finding an instructor for your dog, be sure to sit in on one of their classes. If the dogs in the class seem to be happy, then it’s a good sign.

A great dog training tip is to learn to read your dog’s facial expressions. Dogs communicate a lot just through their facial expressions. For example, when a dog is scared or worried, their mouth may appear stiff and their ears will perk up. You can learn a lot about your dog just by watching their facial expressions.

Make training fun for you and your dog. Choose treats that your dog loves, and give lots of excited praise for good results and even good efforts. Keep sessions short and lively. Give your dog plenty of chances to succeed by practicing commands that he or she knows well, but also add variations and new lessons to keep training interesting.

Having a well-behaved dog is a great joy that can only be achieved through proper training. The information that has been provided can be used as a guideline when training your dog. If you are persistent with the dog’s training, you should notice a change in their behavior in a short amount of time.

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