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How to Train a Dog

Learning how to train a dog is not rocket science, and you don't have to be superhuman to do it yourself. All you need to learn how to train a dog are these basic tools:

1 - Remember that you are the boss, and make sure your dog knows it.

2 - Always speak in an authoritative tone to your dog.

3 - Dogs like an established routine, so stick to a strict training schedule.

Once you know these basics, learning how to train a dog will be a breeze.

One look from your cute little puppy may send you over the moon, but goo-goo eyes won't convince the dog that you are in charge. You must always exude authority when training your dog. Just like with kids, you have to set guidelines with your puppy. Be very clear about what behavior is allowed, and be even more clear about what isn't. Teaching your dog to respond to hand commands, like pointing, will help them learn to follow your instructions.

Also like your children, your puppy can tell when you mean business simply by a look or the tone of your voice. If you give in to them, they will take advantage. Dogs are highly sensitive to intonation, so use a stern voice when you are disciplining them or teaching a new behavior. At the same time, be animated during playtime or when you want to take your dog for a walk. Your dog will respond to your emotions, so with crisp, clear communication, you can teach them to habitually obey with just one word, look or gesture from you.

One of the most important criteria when learning how to train a dog is uniformity. Always use the same words, gestures and tones of voice when you communicate with your dog. Raising your puppy using consistent commands will result in better behavior from your pup as well as a better dog training experience for you.

Other reinforcingly steady behaviors include going outside through the same door each time you and your pup go for a walk and petting or interacting with your puppy the same way every night before bedtime. These small actions will clue your dog in to what is about to happen and help elicit accurate behavior.

The most important step in dog training is to always remember to be affectionate toward your new puppy. They really just want your attention, so be creative with your training and treat it like a game instead of like a chore. And don't forget to reward your pup's good behavior every chance you get.


 

 


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