If you have a new dog, or you’re thinking of getting one, then you need to make sure that he or she is house-trained. There is nothing worse than trying to tell your dog what to do, and getting no response from them apart from a blank stare and a tilt of the head. Anyone in there? Don’t worry, though, because we have a few ideas about how to train your dog, from the very beginning. No more coming home to your dog eating your curtains…
Your dog loves eating. It doesn’t matter what breed they are, and what temperament they have, they’ll do anything for food. That’s right, anything. If you can get your dog to do sit down, lie down, and give you his paw, then you should give him a treat each time he does it properly. He’ll associate doing what you tell him to with treats, and eventually you won’t have to treat him every time. Do it sometimes though. Because who’s a good boy?
Decide what you want your dog to achieve, and what you’re going to reward him with each time. Don’t confuse him, or you’ll be back to square one, and all of your hard work will have been useless. You can even practice this when you’re on walks, and give him treats for being well-behaved around other dogs. Just make sure that you take all of the supplies that you need with you on every walk, so invest in one of the best dog walking bags.
Treat him in other ways
When your new dog does what you want him to do, you should also treat him to a lot of cuddles and attention, to show him that what he did was great. Don’t fall into the trap of using food as the only means of communication, or you’ll risk not building up a bond with your dog at the same time, too. Make sure you stroke him, and get on his level instead of standing up. This will make him feel like he’s doing the right thing, and he’ll learn pretty quickly what he is supposed to do.
When your dog does something good, don’t be afraid to be vocal. This way, he’ll begin to understand the tones of your voice, and will know immediately from tone whether he has been good or bad. If he’s been a good boy, tell him, and use dramatic voices. If he’s been bad, stress the disappointment in your voice (but not too much). He will need to know, and your tone will say it all, so don’t be afraid to put it to good use.
So, there we have it. Some hints and tips on how to train your dog, from when you first get him, so that he listens to everything (well, most things) that you say. Be consistent, treat him when he does the right thing, and make sure that you use your voice wisely, and you’ll have the most well behaved dog in town.