As a new dog owner, you may be overwhelmed with the amount of work it takes to make sure your dog is both healthy and well behaved. This article will go into detail regarding tips specific to your situation, a new dog owner, and ways that you can successfully train your dog.
Feed your dog twice per day (or number of times your veterinarian recommends), and then take the food away after 15 minutes. When giving treats, ask your dog to sit or lay down, so they understand treats should be earned. When your pet understands you are the food provider and treats are not simply free, they see you as the leader.
Dogs will be confused if you are not consistent in leading the pack. Dogs need an alpha role model to follow and it is your job to fill this niche. Always be firm and in control with your expectations, discipline and control of the dog and you will maintain this position and have a happier pet.
Most puppies have a very short attention span. Don’t exhaust your puppy with too much training at one time. Have short sessions that focus on one thing you’d like them to learn. Keep things simple so that nobody gets confused or frustrated, and try to end on a high note.
Use timing as part of your dog training methods. Use it as a form of communication with your dog. Timing is one of the main elements of teaching a canine properly. It doesn’t matter what teaching methods you use, try to work at having them develop the proper timing for each method.
To train your dog, do not establish yourself as dominating. You should make it clear that you are the teacher, but never make your dog feel like he has to be submissive towards you. Building your dog’s confidence with praise and positive reinforcement will build his confidence and make training much easier.
Little dogs like Dachshunds that like to hide and burrow may enjoy beds or hideaways intended for cats. A tube type play structure or a cat bed that is covered and made of soft, flexible foam and faux fur may be exactly what your Doxy wants to curl up in secret!
Be sure to give your dog lots of attention and love. By not doing so, your dog will eventually intentionally misbehave. In their minds, any attention is better than none at all. Plus, your dog is a living creature and needs love just as much as any human does.
Dogs often initiate play by using their mouths. You can teach them that mouthing people is not an acceptable behavior. If your dog mouths you (that is, places a part of your body in his mouth), simply stop all play. Turn your back away from your dog and give him a “time out” of sorts. He will soon learn that mouthing means that he will not get to play, and he should eventually stop engaging in this behavior.
Because you are a new dog owner, you are faced with many challenges. Hopefully if you follow the steps presented in this article, you will be much closer to being able to successfully train your new dog and will have a better understanding of what goes into dog ownership and training.