How Can I Successfully Train My Dog?

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In some situations, dog training may be a little bit tough. No two dogs are the same! Knowing our four tips can help make the whole process easier.

Anytime you are planning to train a dog, it is always better to do it when the dog is young. If you adopt a dog that is older, you want to get started as soon as you take the dog home. You can still train an older dog! Overall, training an older dog may cause you to have a little bit more of a hard time because they are sometimes stuck in their ways, but you will be able to do it with patience and consistency as we mention in a moment. Go to http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/sc-fam-social-graces-no-leash-pet-0619-story.html to learn more.

You have to be consistent with your dog training and this is tip number two. You need to do the same thing every time. Dogs learn in this way. Mixed signals to the dog can be really confusing and a confused dog is not going to learn. A dog has to know what is expected of them and associate the positive benefits of doing a behavior in order to learn. This is going to cause the dog to realize that it is good to do that action all of the time for the future.

Another tip that you may want to think about is being patient and realizing that some of the time, the training is not going to go as planned. This is especially true in the beginning. You don’t want to be really harsh with the dog because this will make them scared of you. Never hit the dog to try and get them to behave. Instead of trying to intimidate the dog into behaving, you need to be kind. Your dog is going to have an easier time associating a reward with doing a certain behavior than a punishment with a certain behavior. This is why you have to give them extra rewards, whether that is treats or pets, when they are doing the behavior that you are trying to train them to do. Make sure to check out the Chicago Tribune article on the matter.

Another thing that you will want to do is make sure that you are looking into which ways of dog training are going to be the best for you and your dog. There are often more than just one way to train a dog to do certain things. Some dogs will learn better with some ways rather than others. When you research and find out things for yourself, you are going to be putting yourself and the dog into a greater position for success. Here are 5 dog training tips you’ll want to consider: https://youtu.be/IjCUAkBaQbo

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