Your dog might be hyperactive, shy or even a bit rebellious. Whatever his personality, your furry friend needs guidance to be the best dog he can be. A training routine will establish your roles and make him more likely to obey essential commands. These small steps can help carve the path to a happier, more well-behaved dog in little time.
If you give a new dog the freedom to roam your home as he pleases, you are likely going to have some problems. You need to introduce the freedom gradually. It will help to avoid accidents on the carpeting, destructive chewing and getting into the things that they are not supposed to. Crate training is the best way to keep your dog behaved.
Giving your dog a proper exercise routine will vastly help you with your dog training. Dogs have a very demanding exercise lifestyle, when left unchecked they can develop bad behaviors which travel all the way down the chain. When you take your dog out for a run or walk daily, it helps by giving them incentives for good behavior, and as an added bonus, the exercise can help you stay fit as well.
To get your dog to crawl on command, have him start in a lying position. If you are tall enough, or your dog is small enough, place your leg, heel on the floor, knee up, in front of him. Take a treat and lead him underneath your leg. If your dog cannot fit under your leg, find another low threshold, like a chair, that he can crawl under. This makes him have to scoot forward to get the treat and will reduce his urge to stand up to follow your hand.
Train you small furry friend to get along with other dogs! Small dogs need socializing too! Many small dog owners forget that their dogs need exercise and social time just like large dogs. Small breed puppies should be socialized early, so they become comfortable with many sizes and temperaments of dogs. Furthermore, they should become comfortable with walking outdoors at an early age.
By taking your dog out on active walks that are physically exerting, your dog will be to tired to dig holes that tear up your backyard when you get home.
When training your dog, it is imperative that you remain patient at all times. Moving too quickly or losing your temper can confuse your dog and cause him to mistrust you. Without proper trust, your dog will never fully submit to your training and your relationship with your dog will surely suffer.
Start potty training as soon as possible. While an eight-week old puppy will not have the vaccines required to go outside for long periods of time, they can have short trips outside to learn how to do their business. Every time they do their business, treat and praise excitedly. Your puppy will be a potty champion in no time.
Your dog will benefit from a training routine he can rely on. Dogs benefit from clear guidance, and like children, do not come with the rules programmed into them. The above steps are a great way to begin establishing a new relationship with your dog. His confidence will grow, and you’ll feel accomplished for reaching your little friend’s goals with him.