Important Dog Training Techniques That Everyone Should Know
People say that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. Hopefully we can help you prove them otherwise with the tips and tricks in this article. All of the methods have been hand picked for your older dog that you either have never trained, never trained well, or obtained from someone else.
Feed your dog consistent amounts at approximately the same time every day. This is particularly important during the house training phase of pet ownership. This allows the dog to establish a regular elimination pattern and the discerning owner can use that pattern to their advantage in speedily training their pet.
Most of the time children and dogs get along wonderfully. Children, however, often tend to mimic what they hear adults doing. Don’t let your young child repetitively give commands to your dog. The dog will learn to disregard the command because they know there will be no repercussions for doing so.
When you get a new puppy make sure you handle him every day. This means touching him from ears to tail so he becomes used to being handled by people. This will save you headaches at vet appointments, grooming parlors, or even nail trims at home in the future since your dog will not mind being touched as much.
To make housebreaking a new puppy easier, keep the puppy on leash inside the house. By keeping the puppy leashed to you, he can’t sneak off to another room and have a potty accident while out of sight. By minimizing the number of accidents he can have in the house, you will help him learn that the correct place to potty is outside.
To introduce a new animal into a home that already has dogs, you should give that animal their own territory. This could mean initially giving the new cat or dog their own room or taking your old dogs out of the house before bringing the new dog in. Because dogs are very territorial, this tactic gives your new dog more leverage and makes your older dogs more reluctant to get aggressive.
Make sure your dog has a special place in your home; one he can call his own. His special area should have his dog bed or pillow, his own blanket, and all of his toys. This will be your dog’s retreat. You should encourage your dog to use this area during play times, but especially when there is increased activity at your home. One caution to remember though, is to never use it as a place for punishment.
To really get your dog to be obedient, love your pooch. Baiting with rewards for behavior reinforcement and then eventually removing those rewards is a tactic that works. However, a dog that knows he is truly loved is more likely to follow commands because he feels you have his best interests at heart.
In conclusion, training an older dog can prove to be extremely difficult but not impossible. Depending on how the dog has been raised, your challenge may vary greatly. As long as you follow the specialized tips provided in this article, you are set up for success in training your older dog.