Dog Training 101: Keys to Raising a Well Behaved Dog
At the park, you see people playing and enjoying their pets, so loyal, faithful and eager to please. And wonder why yours is a little unruly and uncivilized, relieving itself anywhere they fancy and chewing up furniture or shoe every now and then. Dogs, like people, children in particular, will grow up to be less than ideal members of the community if denied proper training. Proper dog training techniques is important if you want to have a well-mannered, well-behaved dog.
The best time to set your dog on the right track is when it is still a puppy because it has not yet acquired any habit or behavior. Puppies are easier to train than adult dogs. Dog training entails a lot of patience on your part. No matter how hardheaded you think your puppy is, never hit, beat, torture or in any way harm your dog. This is crucial in establishing and maintaining a bond between you and your pet. The bond, when established, may last a lifetime. In time, you will enjoy the fruits of your labor. Your puppy will be transformed into a well-behaved dog the whole family will enjoy. Your pet will be what other people call “a man’s best friend”.
The first step in dog training is to establish the rules of the household. And the entire family must understand why you are doing this and be prepared to enforce the rules the dog will be expected to follow. In short, the whole household should participate while the dog training is in process. Once the rules have been set, it must be strictly enforced. No compromise or playing favorites (in case you have two dogs to train). For example, do not allow your Toy Poodle to jump up your bed and restrict your Labrador just because the former is small and the latter is large. You must be fair in dealing with them and the rules must be enforced to both dogs.
The enforcement of rules must be consistent at all times. If your dog does something that is unacceptable, be firm and tell them “NO”. The same mistake might be done repeatedly but you have to be patient. This applies to all aspects of dog training. Dog training takes time, but the effect on the dog may be long lasting.
Offering Positive Rewards
Reward the dog for good behavior. Positive reinforcement is much more powerful than punishment. Physical punishment will do nothing but make your dog fearful of you and break down the bond you wish to have with them. When they fail to do what you want, correct the behavior as best as you can as many times as you have to without hurting your pet. Soon they will get it. It may take time and effort, but that’s part of dog training.