Welcome to Training Tips Tuesday, where we’ll cover popular dog training problems and approaches on how to handle them.
Why Train Your Dog?
Dog training is all about teaching our domesticated dogs how to live in the world of humans- instead of the world of dogs. It’s also about bridging the language barrier between canine and human. Some basic training is necessary to keep any domesticated pup safe and healthy. The amount of training you provide is up to you.
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Some dogs really enjoy the mental stimulation and challenge of regular training. they seem to enjoy connecting with their humans and will even get excited when they “get something right”. But not all dogs respond well to training. That’s why it’s super important that you personalize your training for each dog. Remember, what works with one dog may not always work with another. Don’t be afraid to try new approaches.
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Scientific studies have shown that positive reinforcement is the language that dogs understand. Smacking your dog with a newspaper when he’s “bad” is now known to be a far less effective approach than giving him a treat when he’s “good”. Plus, it just feels wrong to punish such a cute, fluffy creature that brings us such happiness. But like most things in life, a little unpleasantness is sometimes necessary for growth to occur.
Where to Start Training a Dog
One of the most basic training “tricks” is housebreaking. After all, you can’t let your dog potty whenever, whenever he feels like it. Healthy and cleanliness call for some sort of order to his bathroom habits. While not everyone can train their dog to use the toilet, flush, and wipe their paws like a human, basic house breaking is usually one of the first dog training tasks we humans tackle.
For many pet parents, house breaking starts with crate training. Separation from the humans is unpleasant for most dogs, but it’s often necessary to help your dog learn what’s appropriate and what’s not. Stay consistent and be patient. It can take time for a pup to learn what you’re trying to teach them.
Crate Training a Dog
Tips for Crate Training a Dog:
Potty training a puppy or even potty training a grown dog from a shelter can be challenging at times. It’s important to stay calm, focused, and consistent. Your dog takes their cues from you. If you’re calm and in control, they learn to follow your lead and training can take less time. If you yell, get upset, or are inconsistent, your dog may take longer to develop his new potty habits.
Tips for Potty Training a Dog:
General Dog House Training Tips:
How to House Train a Dog:
Positive reinforcement is ALL about the lovin’ and treats!
Be sure to give your dog plenty of praise and lots of high-level treats he loves. TruDog’s TREAT ME varieties are a healthy dog training treat that can easily be broken up into smaller pieces for repetitive rewarding during training.
It may sound weird, but your dog would much rather be fed a steak cut into 20 smaller pieces, one piece at a time, than a single steak fed all at once as a single treat. Small tasty treats are the better reward in your dog’s opinion.
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