Dog Behavior Training Basics

It is important to learn how to control bad dog behavior to train your pet to be an obedient fur buddy.

When it comes to dog training, where should you start? You welcome a pup home but all of a sudden he turns into a menace, spoiling everything around him. Of course, you had not expected this. But the fact of the matter is that unless a pup undergoes dog training, he is not aware of what to do and will continue to create turmoil in your home. You ought to teach him what to do. There is more to pup training than the basic commands of sit, come, stay, and down. Common dog behavior problems include barking, chewing, nipping, rough play, jumping up, biting and begging.  


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Obedience training

Every dog needs to undergo obedience training to correct any bad behavior. This comes in the form of verbal commands and hand commands. The best time for obedience training is when your canine is 3 to 4 months old. It all starts with basic commands, including sit, stand, come, down, heel, and stay. With obedience training, a dog learns to obey your commands and stops where he is meant to.

Focus on basic commands to control your dog’s behavior.

Potty training

Housetraining your pup is one of the most important attributes of dog training. When the goal is to instill good habits in your pooch, then potty training must begin when your fur baby is 12 weeks old. That is the time when he can learn to practice bladder control. A pup older than 12 weeks may take a little longer to house train.

To begin with potty training, experts recommend confining your furry pal to a defined space. This includes a crate or on a leash. This should help you train him better. Once he learns that he must go outside to eliminate, you can give him more freedom. Little steps go a long way in training a dog. For example, a regular feeding schedule can help with house training. Take him out to eliminate first thing in the morning. Take him outside after every meal. Train him to go out before you hit the bed.

Praise him or reward him for his obedience behavior to keep him motivated.

Chewing Control

Chewing is another bad behavior that ought to be controlled in dogs in the early stages. You should immediately interrupt this bad behavior as soon as you catch him chewing on something. Rather, one aspect of dog training is to offer them a chew toy instead so they can chew on it happily. Praise them when they chew the toy. This might help build a toy obsession in your fur baby.

Unless their chewing habit is controlled, they might grow up into adults unhesitatingly chewing everything. So it is a good idea to teach them what to chew at a tender age so they do not nibble on your furniture or any other object.

Barking and biting control

Begin with the “Speak” command to train him to bark. Give him a treat every time he obeys the command so he starts to associate it with a treat. Continue rewarding the dog behavior until he understands how to bark on command. Once he is comfortable with it, then it’s time for the “Quiet” command training.

One of the most important aspects of dog training is to exercise control over his biting behavior. Give your pooch a firm command to stop biting, even if it’s just a nibble on your finger, and immediately pull your hand away. Training to prevent dog bites is a part of socializing behavior. A well-socialized pup is confident and less fearful in new situations.

How to Train a Dog

Remember, puppies are willing to learn. As a pet parent, it’s your responsibility to start with the dog training as soon as you bring your pet home. Be consistent with the training so he continues to practice the commands and learns to obey them. It would help to practice training everywhere, irrespective of the situation.

Dogs are highly motivated with rewards and treats. So make dog training full of fun and rewarding and dogs will reciprocate in order to please their owners.

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