What to train your dog is an important question every pet owner should ask themselves. Often when people think of training, it includes the tricks like sit, shake a paw, and lay down. These should be the least of your concerns. First and foremost the training you have to focus on is creating positive traits and discouraging the negative ones.
We have an extensive training section to help you adjust to life with a new puppy or dog or to change bad habits.
What to Train Your Dog
At a very basic level there are a few things we must encourage our dogs to learn:
Housetraining: Having a dog that does not defecate inside is not hard to achieve since dogs don’t like to go to the bathroom where they eat, sleep, and play. However they will if they feel they have no choice- so use our suggestions to help establish the right place to go from the beginning. Also check out dog pad training if you plan to use pads.
Leash Training: If your dog is not comfortable on a leash it will become difficult to take them anywhere.
To be Gentle: We must teach our dogs to be calm around humans and other animals. This includes reminding them not to jump up and socializing them so they are comfortable around humans and other animals.
The Command “No”: Learning that “No” means “No” is essential to teach our dogs. When they recognize that no means don’t do that, training is easier as we are better able to discourage bad habits with clear instruction.
There are also a few things that we must teach our dogs not to do:
Play Biting: It is natural for dogs to play bite, because this is how they play with each other. However if we do not discourage it from the beginning it can quickly become a problem.
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Discouraging the Negative Traits
The negative traits are somewhat self-explanatory, but still important to think about. It is easy to make excuses, and allow for bad behavior. Especially when dealing with puppies, people are much more forgiving and less stern. Not really realizing that their allowance of the behavior encourages and creates a habit that is not always easy to break later on. Many people often end up working around the behavior instead of working to fix it. Teaching our dogs, however difficult it may seem, is always more than worth the effort.
Your Dog Will Thank You in the Long Run
In the long run, and he may not totally realize it, but your dog will thank you. Dogs never really seem to intend to harm others, especially when jumping up, or play biting. However the risk can be high and we still need to take the precautions to avoid it. Teaching your dog the right manners and etiquette around humans makes the best sense for him or her.
All Your Dog Really Wants
Being social and participating in your life is all most dogs really especially want. Right from the start, encouraging positive traits and discouraging negative traits through training is essential. You can easily make your dogs dreams come true by starting with training in the above traits. Eventually learning how to sit, shake a paw, and lay down can be easily incorporated into your training agenda.