Starter Dog Training

One of the biggest responsibilities that come with owning a dog is making sure they are trained properly.

Staying Patient and Consistent

One of the most important aspects of dog training is to ensure that the trainer stays patient and consistent. Training can be hard for both the dog and the trainer. Afterward, both the dog and the trainer may want to unwind with some games so that the training ends on a positive note.

Getting Help

Not everyone has the time or patience for a dog’s obedience during training. Fortunately, there are professionals who offer this type of service. Some offer private training while others hold dog training classes.

Starting With Toilet Training

The first thing that most people want to train their dog to do is go outside to the bathroom. This takes time and patience. It means being consistent. It also means not making some of the common mistakes that come with this, such as:

  • Feeding the dog too much, so they have to relieve themselves more often
  • Not feeding the right food, so the dog ends up with diarrhea or is constipated
  • Not feeding on a schedule
  • Punishing the puppy when they have an accident indoors

Command Training

The next form of training that should take place once the house training is complete is to teach the dog to follow basic commands. These are important for the safety of the dog and to instill good social behavior. The very first thing to keep in mind is to make sure the dog knows his name. A lot of people give their dogs names but also give them a variety of nicknames that ends up confusing the dog when they are used.

There are lots of things that dog owners love to teach their dogs, but the most important ones are the essential commands.

  • Sit: This is an easy command to teach. It is important because it teaches the dog some social manners and stops them from jumping up on people.
  • Come: Dogs love to put their nose to the ground and stray away. By being able to give a command to come which they have learned to obey the dog will return to the owner without having to chase him.
  • Down: Dogs love to greet people, and some are quite boisterous. Teaching them to go into a down position shows them that you are in control. It can be a little more difficult to teach this command as most dogs do not like being submissive.
  • Stay: After the previous commands have been well learned then the dog should be taught to stay. This gives the owner or whoever is giving the commands the opportunity to walk away from the dog and know that the dog is going to stay put until told otherwise.