How To Turn Your Dog Into A Good Canine Citizen
Inviting a dog into your life can be one of the most wonderful and fulfilling things you do with your life. You will help your dog by giving him the love and attention that he needs, while providing you with a great companion to share your life with. These training tips were written to help you build a happy life with your new friend.
Anxious dogs might benefit from having music played when you leave. Classical music is proven to be soothing for a variety of species, and dogs are no exception. Calm, soothing classical music played at a mellow volume might be a benefit to your dog and keep the house from being silent while you’re gone.
When considering a behavioral problem, consider how you might be contributing to it. For instance, some dogs react to types of people based on a single negative experience. This history of reaction may make owners act guarded around triggers, which reinforces the dog’s anxiety. Check your body language at the door when you are looking to change a reaction.
Start training your dog as early in its life as possible, but not younger than about seven weeks. This helps build an early bond between you as the owner and trainer and the dog. However, starting too early will simply overstress the dog; a very young puppy won’t learn anything from training sessions.
When training your dog, make sure to keep him active. Dogs get bored just as easily as humans, so make sure you take him out for walks, runs and any special classes that may be offered by local pet stores or animal shelters. Exercise will help him improve not just physically, but also mentally.
Stop your dog from eating poop! For some reason, certain dogs tend to eat feces, either because it tastes good or they are bored. Another theory is that a dog will eat its feces because it sees the owner cleaning it up, and is trying to imitate that behavior. If you see your dog doing this, use the basic ‘leave it’ command. If your dog already knows this command, it will work immediately. Reward desired behavior. One last thing – dogs will eventually grow out of this habit on their own, so don’t worry too much about it.
Next time your dog jumps up on you in excitement, tell them “Off” in a firm (but not angry) voice, gently push them off, and turn your back. The verbal command and action of moving them reinforces what the command means, and turning restricts their access to you. This accomplishes two things: a) your dog can’t jump on you anymore, b) your dog feels he loses your attention, which is the exact opposite of what he wants. This teaches him quickly not to jump on you.
Take the tips and advice that were included in this article, to build a great relationship with your furry companion. You are sure to benefit from the tips, if you take the time to use them in your dog training. Help your new friend behave in a way that is going to make him a joy to live with.