Dog training in the Western world has came a long way since the early days of dog training in the 1800’s. In the early days of dog training, the dog was simply trained to obey the owner’s commands. The owner would simply direct the dog and tell him what to do and the dog would receive a reward for his efforts. This is the standard way that animals are trained today. Only the accessories changed. crosses and ties were the accessories of choice; today the tools of dog training can be anything from a clicker to a simple leash. As the training techniques and tools have evolved, the standard have changed also. As training tools and techniques have changed so has the style of the trainer. As the trainer has changed so has the style of his teaching. As a trainer, you too should change your style and learn the methods of training. One of the most important areas to change is the process of rewarding the animal for a job well done.
In the early days of dog training, animals were simply gathered into a pack and the amount of food was the only driving force in the animals desire to listen to the trainer. The same thing still holds true in the wild. A dog will wait patiently to be released from the pack and will often go without food for days at a time. In human terms, it would be called drudgery. If you want your dog to listen to your commands, you must first train him to be obedient by attaching a positive consequence to an appropriate action. One way to do this is to reward immediately upon completion of a command. This way the dog knows that he is doing something right. It is easy to reward a dog as he is relatively easy to manipulate with food. Distractions such as toys are a great way to reward your dog as well. If your dog understands which type of behavior brings a reward, then this will help decrease the chance of the dog turning to bad behavior as he does not feel the need to earn his food.
Many people have asked how to avoid reinforcing the wrong behaviors when training their pet. It is important to remember that reinforcing a dog’s behavior can be done in several ways. One of the most common ways is through the use of physical consequence. This can be anything from a simple pull on the leash to spanking. If you use this method, however, you must be careful that you are not rewarding for bad behavior. Spanking is a potential for more aggression and will usually escalate any bad behavior already established. Physical consequence should always be saved for actual violence.
If you are trying to train your dog, you can reduce the chance of bad behavior by using methods of positive reinforcement. This can be anything from full blown praise, to a treat, to simple a verbal high pitch as a reward. The idea is to teach your dog that following a command means that they are being rewarded. Training situations should have clear cues to teach your pet what is expected, and you should reward your dog for doing as expected. One of the best ways to get your dog to understand is to set them up to succeed. This means that when you give a command, you get your dog to perform the behavior that you asked for. The best way to do this is through cues. When you see the dog doing something that they should, you should reward the dog with verbal and physical praise. Over time, the dog learns to associate the command and the desired behavior with rewards and eventually stops the bad behavior, allowing you to stop the bad behavior and move on to new concerns.
I believe that most dog owners are exceptional in their ability to train their pets, but that just means that the responsibility to train falls squarely on the owner. If you are looking to train your dog, you should really try to find a course that will help you achieve your goals. Training your dog can often be a frustrating experience as you try and prove to the dog that your training is paying off.
The first night of puppy training is usually difficult for everyone involved. Puppies are not wild animals and they prefer to be confined in a small place, so it is up to you to provide a safe environment. This first night at home with your new dog is going to be a lonely one for you. It is important that you plan to have someone be available to walk the puppy on the first night and to bring him outdoors for relief. The first night is going to be crucial to the success of the puppy training you are about to initiate. You must get all members of the family ready and involved. This is because each and every one of you will be involved in some way with the puppy.
First, put a collar on your puppy for the first time and let him walk around the house with it. He will get used to the collar and will probably get used to wearing it. You can then put a lead on him and let him lead you around the house. After a while he will get used to the leash. Don’t turn out to be overwhelmed by the thought that you have a puppy that is going to be growing very soon. Just like a human baby a puppy is a creature that is going to be growing and changing all the time.
The puppy is going to be emotionally affected when they first get home with their new family. They are going to get scared and have a hard time settling down. It is extremely important that you do not allow them to sleepuddled up on your furniture. You should immediately put them either on the floor or into a puppy pen. This is going to be a tough adjustment period for them, but it is all part of the learning process.
With a puppy you have to be extremely flexible and expect the unexpected. Just like a baby, they are just learning what is expected of them. For the first week you will have to try to set a schedule for the puppy. This is going to involve keeping them on a schedule for feeding and walking. Don’t forget that you still have to allow for your puppy to have accidents. They are just starting to learn how to control their bladders. A routine is the key to setting a schedule for your puppy so that they get used to it. It is extremely important that you maintain a routine so that the puppy’s learn to go outside in the designated area for pottying. Like all other learning, you have to repeat whatever you have taught them. If you allow them to sneak off and potty without reflecting that it is unacceptable, you are setting them up for a failure which will be difficult to correct.
Like potty training a child you must be consistent with the commands you use and the rules you set. Children learn much quicker and easier with repetitive teaching. When potty training your puppy, you want to set up a routine. Puppies learn best with repetition. Set up feeding and watering routines. Repeat your puppy’s bedtime and start your puppy’s crate time. Repeat these procedures until they have become routine for your puppy. This will help the puppy be prepared for bedtime and the crate.
The transition from having a regular routine to one that has all these added factors may cause your puppy to whine at first. Their first question would be, “Why am I being punished?” If you respond to your puppy’s whining with anger or by hitting them you will confuse them. hit them hard but not too hard and you will find that your puppy will grow to be very respectful of your family and cease all of their whining.
Puppies that have been physically or emotionally abused may cry or whine for a long time before they become quiet and settled. Their hardest fear is being alone. Most of the time a puppy will whine or cry because they need to use the bathroom. Have patience and praise your puppy for using the bathroom outside. This is also a good time to reward your puppy for using the bathroom outside every time. Take them outside and let them know that they are being good. They will begin to understand and be more willful.
Shots are a very important part of training. You should have several shots put back in them for their first year, especially the first few. The vet can administer these shots for you. When the puppy is around nine or ten weeks old you may want to start getting them their first set of shots. Do not start administering them at once; they have to wait to get the full set of shots. If you plan to have your puppy dog around for a few years you will need to get them their first set of shots and put them on a schedule to get them started on the right schedule.
Now that you understand the basics you need to learn how to prevent a puppy dog from biting. The best way to do this is to prevent the puppy from biting or from doing anything that could be harmful to them.
Getting Your Dog From A Shelter
I am sure pet lovers all over will agree that choosing a pet from a shelter is very rewarding. Most of the pets found in these places are healthier and trained than many of the dogs that end up in shelters every year. Adopting a pet has always been a controversial issue, and this debate will only get worse and angrier as time goes on. You’ll hear about all of the good and bad shelters have to offer, and how anyone can obtain a perfectly behaved animal. Shelter pets are just as lovable as any pet bought from a breeder, and they offer a much better chance to adopt something wonderful. As long as you meet the requirements for the individual animal, you are more likely to find the perfect companion.
Some people are not comfortable adopting a pet from a shelter, but that comes with understandable reasons. Most of the pets being surrendered have behavioral problems that do not make them ideal for everyone. Some behavioral problems will only become obvious after a few days or weeks, and you’ll want to get a head start on determining which training techniques and tools will make them manageable. You may find that a training plan designed to work with a particular pet begin to look messy and frustrating after a few days, and it’s at this point that some people will likely decide that they don’t want to adopt the animal. Before you begin training, remember that even training experts suggest that you spend several days with an animal before you bring them home, making sure that they get used to your new home and family. Training and behavioral issues can become worse once an animal realizes they are not getting enough attention and they’ll start to pattern their behavior around the new family and surroundings.
After you have gone to visit a shelter yourself and have watched the animals interact with the volunteers and staff, you’ll know which animals to avoid and which ones may be a better fit than what you expected. Before you bring a pet home from a shelter, consider the following things:
1. If you plan to have more than one pet, you will want to spend some time with the new pet before bringing him or her home. This will allow you to adjust your pet to your home easier, and you may want to keep the pet you bring home for a few days or have a friend or family member with them to spend some time with them.
2. Spaying or neutering your pet is a must! Unless you have specific plans to breed your pet, you absolutely must have your pet spayed or neutered. Bringing your pet to a shelter and having them spayed or neutered will prevent any unnecessary behavioral issues that may develop.
3. Make sure to find a reputable shelter. Many shelters will automatically put animals to sleep if they are not adopted or adopted very quickly. To ensure that your potential pet is not put to sleep on a whim, make sure that you take your time and make sure that they are going to be a good match for your family.
4. Ensure that your pet is completely healthy before bringing them to the shelter. Make sure that they are current on all vaccinations and have regular checkups. If you take the necessary precautions, you can rest assured that your pet will be treated well by the time they reach the shelter.
5. When you first visit your local animal shelter, make sure that your pet is on a leash. It may be a good idea to have someone with you to take your pet on a walk so that they can be around other animals. If your pet is afraid of the surroundings or if they are not familiar with the surroundings, they may react and bite.
6. Your pet should be current on all vaccines and have a current veterinarian certificate. A broke and Gale animal may get far more anxious and may risk biting.
7. The shelter will most likely want to see your pet’s current rabies certification and if it is not current it may want to see proof of their shots as well.
8. If your pet has any special needs or has issues with going to the vet make sure to let the staff know. This way they can keep your pet current on all vaccines and treatments and make sure that if there are seminar or training classes held at the shelter, your pet will be better suited than if there were a large group of animals.
9. Adopting a rescued animal has special benefits. Obedience training can be one way to help your animal be successful in a new home. compassion should be your primary goal when adopting a pet, but in many shelters around the country that may not be possible. There are some animals in shelters who have suffered trauma from abuse and or neglect and need to experience a “Check up with the Police” first. Before that time comes for your animal to be fostered or adopted out to you, make sure that you have found a reputable person to provide them with the long needed care.