Dog Training Tips

Tips for Training Your Dog

This article is loaded with tips on how to begin training your best friend to behave better. You will find a good assortment of ideas that will help the new dog owner become an expert when it comes to dog training.

The easiest way to crate train an adult dog is to make it fun. Put the crate in a room and use the crate to play games by throwing in a toy and allowing your dog to go in and get it. By using this method, the dog learns that the crate is a fun place where good things happen.  You can also make a game out of throwing a treat in the crate an allowing the dog to go after it.

Dealing with Jumping

Dogs can be a real pain when it comes to jumping up on you or company.  A very effective way to eliminate this problem is by using a water bottle.  Simply adjust the spray bottle to have a jet like stream.  When the dog approaches to jump give the command “no jump” as you spray the dog between the eyes with a spray or two from the water bottle. Consistent use of this technique will teach the dog that jumping is not allowed. However, there are some dogs who enjoy the spray of the water bottle and find it to be a fun game. If this is your dog, this technique probably won’t work for you. A properly fitted training collar can be used to correct jumping up, teaching your dog that it is inappropriate behavior.

Sometimes thinking like a dog can help you solve some of the problems that your dog is exhibiting. Dogs are different than humans and they need to be treated using what makes sense to them.

Teaching Your Dog to Stay

When training your dog the stay command, take small incremental steps. First tell him to sit and then stay. When he has held that position for 2 or 3 seconds, give him a bunch of praise and treats. Repeat the process, praising him after he stays a bit longer with each repetition.  Make the sit-stays longer and farther as he gets better. When your dog is doing the sit-stay well then move onto the down-stay using the same simple steps.

As a good dog owner you want to provide plenty of physical stimulation as well as mental stimulation daily. Training sessions keep your dog busy and with physical exercise like walking and playing fetch you will keep your dog active. Remember that a trained dog is a happy dog and an exhausted dog is even happier.

If your dog doesn’t like car rides, you can teach him to enjoy it. Simply get your dog used to car rides in small steps. Start by going for a rides around the block. After you have done this a few times you can start to make the rides a little longer. Make each trip longer and in no time your dog will love to take rides in the car.

Hopefully this assortment of tips will give you a head start when it comes to having a well behaved dog.  At Highland Canine Training, LLC we offer a variety of dog training programs and packages that are customized to fit the needs of our clients.  We are also well-known and recommended for helping dog owners resolve dog related behavior problems.  For more information on our programs and courses, contact us at 866.200.2207 or training@highlandcanine.com

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