5 Basic Dog Training Tips for Beginners
June 19, 2017
For starters, it’s quite important I define what dog training is because many dog owners own a dog without knowing what training a dog really means. Dog training is a sequence of teaching given to a dog to perform behaviors in response to certain commands. There are numerous types of dog training for different objectives, from basic obedience training to specialized training for a police dog, search and rescue, providing assistance to people with disabilities and for entertainment purposes.
Now that you are armed with what dog training and the types of training we have, it’s time to decide which type of training to give to your dog. Bear in mind that the type of training you choose has to fit you and your dog else you would have a confused dog responding to your commands which are not what we desire. So, I’ve outlined five basic dog training tips for you even if it’s your first time of owning a dog.
1. Treat Training
This type of training work well for most dogs, it is based on offering better rewards when your dog obeys some commands in the form of what your dog likes, hence I call it treats. You could give healthy treats such as little pieces of hot dogs, baby carrots or peanut butter which ever one your dog likes. Make sure the treats are small so that they won’t get filled up after having some few treats and keep some for them for when your dog behaves well.
2. Clicker Training
This type of training is quite easy to use and very effective, it is based on a clicker sound reinforcing to the dog that a good thing is about to take place. To make that reinforcing sound you need a clicker. When you train your dog with a clicker it helps them learn all kinds of basic commands, trick and tips even the advanced ones inclusive because a clicker makes the same sound all the time, unlike our voices which can change anytime. This I’m sure is one of the effective yet easy ways to train your dogs to learn commands.
3. Leash Training
It doesn’t matter the breed of dog you own, they all need to learn how to work on a leash. Asides the fact that leash laws exist in most areas, there are times when you’ll need to keep your dog on a leash for its safety. Introduce your dog to the leash, then show him how to walk on the leash properly. I advise you use a loose leash walk to teach your dog not to pull or lunge when on the leash, this makes the training experience more pleasurable for both you and your dog. Leash training will help to control him and bring him into a calm state. It controls the overly excited emotional behavior of your dog and helps him respond to your commands. In a situation where your dog pulls the leash, pull the leash to make him sit and teach him that pulling is connected with the command of stop walking.
4. Crate and House Training
The Crate is a home for dogs and it’s very important you use it specifically for that purpose only. Don’t use a crate to punish your dog and try to spend much time with him while he is in his crate. It will make him get used to the crate. In addition, it will solve many other challenges like anxiety, excessive barking, and housebreaking.
5. Obedience Training
One of the most vital things you will find in most dog training tips is Obedience. When you teach your Dog obedience training, it lets you have command over your dog and makes them follow your command. It doesn’t matter if it’s a new puppy or an old dog, obedience training is very useful for all dog owners to maintain an alpha leadership position in the house and act as a master.
Lastly, I would like to add that the application of the following would go a long way in training a healthy dog: dogs never stop learning, so make their training fun, keep it short so that they won’t get tired mentally, train your dog when it is hungry so that they would be excited about the treats you give them as rewards for good behavior, also don’t forget to praise your dog and use positive training methods to build a healthy relationship with your dog. And most importantly, make sure you are consistent in your training and let the whole of your family be included in the training that way your dog wouldn’t be confused from having different family members teach it different tricks, commands, and tips.