Training your dog to “speak” can help eliminate annoying excessive barking. Dogs bark to alert the pack of threats. Since they bark by default, it is a good idea to teach them to “speak”, because then they will understand how to not bark. Start by telling your dog to “speak” when it barks at the telephone ringing. Then, when the dogs pauses, tell the dog “quiet”. This will help the dog distinguish a barking state from a non-barking state.

Some training techniques advise that you give your dog a treat as a reward for good performance. This is a great method, but be sure you’re not giving your dog a treat every time they perform the task. If you do, they come to expect the treat each time and when you stop with the treats, the obedience stops as well. Instead give the dog a treat randomly so that they don’t begin to expect when they get a treat.

To keep your dog from biting at furniture or people, or scratching at doors, spray him or her with a bottle of water. This will teach your dog that there are certain behaviors that are unacceptable. Soon your dog will stop these behaviors and you’ll have a playful yet obedient dog.

When training your dog to deal with its fear or anxiety related behaviors, go slow. Responding to a fear or anxiety response with aggression only leads to more fear and even mistrust. Take your time and give your dog the opportunity to succeed. He will grow in confidence and reduce fear induced behaviors.

Your dog wants someone to be in charge. If it isn’t you, your dog may try to take the job. Dogs want leaders who provide stability and security. Be a good leader by being consistent, competent, firm, gentle, kind, and a good provider. Your dog will be happy to follow you!

Only correct your puppy’s mistakes as you witness them. Dogs don’t understand anything that isn’t in the “here and now.” So trying to correct a puppy’s mistake after the fact will only have a negative effect.

Learning to listen to your dog will make you a better trainer of him. Animals are not robots that can be programmed and your dog has a personality with preferences and quirks, just like you. Understanding the nuances of your dogs expressions will help you decipher more in training and therefore, expand your ability to teach him.

It is important to understand that training your dog will require a lot of patience and repetition. It often takes a dog between 25 and 50 repetitions before they are able to learn a new command. Getting frustrated will only delay your results and may hurt your relationship with your pet.

The best way to crate train an adult dog is to allow the dog to train himself. Put the crate in a quiet room with a comfortable blanket and a favorite toy inside and leave the dog alone in the room with the crate. This way, the dog learns that the crate isn’t something to be afraid of.

Before crating your dog always allow them the opportunity to eliminate. Young dogs, in particular, have to relieve themselves quite frequently. You can’t expect them to not urinate or even defecate in the crate if they haven’t been given the opportunity to do so before they are crated.

If your dog is misbehaving, try to determine why. It is important to work out why your dog is doing what it does. Knowing the reason for poor behavior can make training significantly easier. It is far more difficult to correct an action that you do not fully understand the reasoning behind.

When training your dogs, always use the same tone of voice and volume level when you give a command. This tone tells the dog that you mean business and that they need to obey. It also helps the dog to understand the difference between a sharp tone for discipline and a sharp but non-punishing command.

Do not forget to praise your dogs for the good things they do. Humans can be a bit harsh when they are not happy with a dog’s behavior, while being far less demonstrative when their dog does good things. Your dog needs you to be very generous with praise so they can easily understand what you want. Be generous with praise to show him how much you value good behavior.

Make sure that when your dog does something correctly or when they just happen to act in a favorable manner that they are properly rewarded. Rewards can increase good behavioral changes. Try allowing your dog a treat or a new toy when they act in a favorable manner. They will eventually keep doing it.

Teach your dog the “down” command. This command is useful to build upon, or on its own in emergency situations. A dog that knows his “down” command well can drop to the ground at a moment’s notice in a testy situation, making it a great command to keep on hand for safety’s sake.

Now that you have successfully graduated from training, you and your dog will be much happier. As you probably have discovered, there are a multitude of ways and means of training. Whichever you choose, either singularly or multiple accesses, you can now hold your head high knowing that your dog is well-behaved.

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