Dogs are lovable animals. They are playful, obedient, and there for you on any occasion. Dogs make excellent pets as they are wonderful companions for anyone of any age. While dogs are great, they do require a bit of training. The tips in this article should help you with dog training. For dogs that hate nail-trims, get them used to having their paws trimmed one step at a time. First, hang out with your dog when she's calm and laying down. Touch her paws gently during petting, and treat and praise when she doesn't react. Continue this process over weeks and step it up to gently picking up her paws. You'll eventually introduce the nail trimmers without a trim, and then finally, trimming. It's a long road, but it will save you money on nail trims in the future. To teach your dog to go outside, you should keep a very close supervision on it for a few weeks. Every couple of hours, take your dog outside to the area that you would like to see it use. Wait until your dog is done, and reward it. If your dog does not go, take it back inside the house and try again later. Stop a training session with your dog if you become angry with it. If you are angry at your dog, will not be able to train it fairly. You may be especially prone to dishing out unnecessarily harsh punishments, causing your dog to fear you rather than learn anything from that training session. You should provide your dog with boundaries and rules when you begin training. Have the dog wait for you to enter the house first, and don't allow him on the couch uninvited. This establishes your leadership to the dog, and allows him to relax and find his place in his human pack. Do not lean over your dog, no matter whether he is big or small. Dogs are intimidated by space-hogging body posture. Even your subtle movements are read by your dog, so a simple lean will suffice if you are attempting to block or redirect his path. Hovering straight over a dog may make them reactive as well. When training your dog, it is always of utmost importance that you do not punish them for what they have done. It is better to positively reinforce them when they do something correct, rather than punish them when they do something wrong. If you do this they will not become skittish whereas they would if you punished them. Your dog's behavior during walks should become habit through consistency. Teach your dog to focus on you and your physical clues about their behavior. Teaching them to walk with you should come naturally to them if you are leading and demanding the attention of your dog. If you are walking with purpose, it will be emulated by your pet. It is important to understand your dog's temperament, and what type of training fits for your dog. Not all dogs are alike, just like not all humans are alike either. One training trick that may work for one dog, may not work effectively when training a completely different dog. Part of a successful dog training program is to keep the dog healthy. Your pet cannot respond to you well if it is feeling poorly. Make sure to take your dog to the veterinarian for regular checkups or for any illnesses that might arise. While you are there, get a microchip implanted in case you ever lose track of your precious pet. Your dog will benefit from a solid exercise routine. Hyperactive dogs are often full of energy they have not spent elsewhere. Exercising your dog prior to training sessions will increase his attention span. Better yet, he'll be calmer at home and less likely to react poorly to external stimulus. Dogs with separation anxiety should not sleep in their human's bed. Fido may be warm, but unfortunately, sleeping in bed often causes dogs to build unhealthy, obsessive fixations on their owners. By giving your dog a crate or bed of his own, he will have his own space and learn a little independence. When training your dog it is important that you are positive and upbeat. You should always focus on rewarding your dog for what he has done right, rahter than punishing him for what he has done wrong. Punishing your dog is not the best way to train your dog. The only thing that punishment and cruelty does is teach your dog to be afraid of you. Do not train your dog through fear of physical punishment. Teaching your dog to respect your commands and dominance will create a healthy and stable pet. Dogs learn to respect the pack leader in the wild by being dominated, not attacked. Physical punishment can lead to an irrational and often violent pet. Teach your dog to "drop it". You never know when that command will come in handy. Be generous with praise and treats as you work with this command, and continue to practice it from time to time even after your dog has mastered it. A word to the dog sure beats having to wrestle unsavory objects out of a dog's mouth. Training a dog can be frustrating, however if a person uses a different language than is normally heard by the dog while teaching it commands, it can be quite effective. Have you heard about the police dogs who were trained using the Irish language? If not, you should check it out! The dog can then easily differentiate between people talking normally and when it is being given a command by someone who wants it to do something. As stated before, dogs are lovable animals due to their playfulness and obedient nature. Dogs are always there for you and make excellent companions. With all the great qualities that dogs have, they will require training. Using the tips from this article, you can train any dog into the perfect companion.
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