Positive Reinforcement Dog and Puppy Training
Are you ready to start training your new dog or puppy? Proper training and socialization are among your dog’s basic needs. It’s essential to start preparing your dog as soon as possible.
At first, dog training can seem staggering, especially if this is your first dog. The fact is that training your dog is a big project. If you take it step-by-step, you will find it much more comfortable. Here are some tips to help you get started.
There are several different ways to train a dog, but most dog professionals agree that Positive Reinforcement is the best for both the dog and owner towards building a deeper bond.
All dogs need training, and training your dog doesn’t have to be complicated or over-priced. Most dogs and puppies are happier with the confidence that comes from training.
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Using Positive Reinforcement Training to train means you reward the behaviors you like and ignore the actions you do not like. You can use praise, life rewards like games, or treats to reward your dog’s excellent performance.
Get Everyone Involved – Positive Reinforcement lets everyone in the family get involved in training the dog. It doesn’t require you to strong-arm your dog into submission, speak in a firm tone of voice, or put you or any family member in potential danger. Everyone in the family can have fun!
It might be dangerous to allow your child to use some other forms of dog training, like leash corrections, and other forms of punishment. With Positive Reinforcement, you can give your children a handful of dog treats and teach them the same commands you’re using. Under your supervision, children will be able to train your dog the same way you do.
Establishing Communication – Positive Reinforcement allows you to communicate with your dog. It helps you decide what you want your dog to do and lets your dog know by offering your dog treats when the dog does the desired action. When you reward your dog for doing things correctly, it’s more likely to repeat those good behaviors because dogs aim to please.
A good example is punishing a dog for a housebreaking accident. If you catch the dog soil your carpet and scold it or resort to hitting it with a rolled-up newspaper. You intend to tell the dog that it’s not acceptable to potty inside your home. But instead, your dog often learns that it’s not safe to potty when you are around. Now there’s a communication problem; fear is not an effective way for a dog to learn things properly.
With Positive Reinforcement, you can avoid this confusion. In the house training, you want to teach your dog to eliminate waste outside rather than in your home. Instead of punishing your dog, you’ll reward the behavior you wish to, which is going to the bathroom out. In this case, every time your dog goes to potty outside, you give it lots of praise and treats or let it go for some playtime. If you’re consistent and patient, your dog will learn that good things happen when they go outside to potty while nothing happens when potty indoors. Your dog will soon be going outside to potty to reap the rewards because you managed to communicate with your dog.
Use Positive Reinforcement for a Variety of Behaviors – Different training methods, such as leash corrections or other forms of punishment are not useful for every dog. In fact, in some cases, the penalty will only make the behavior problem even worse. Aggressive dogs are a good example because they often get even more aggressive in the face of punishment, and fearful dogs may not respond well to even the smallest punishment. A dog who is scared of specific people or situations may become even more nervous when punished as a training method.
Offering Mental Stimulation – Boredom is a significant factor in common behavior problems, such as excessive chewing and digging. Training is a great way to help keep boredom away. You will be surprised at how much energy your dog will burn off simply by adding Positive Training sessions to its daily schedule.
Keeping It Fun – If you keep training sessions short and sweet, Positive Reinforcement training can be fun for you and your dog. Once dogs recognize that exercise leads to lots of good things for them, many begin to view training as playtime. Soon your dog will be offering you good behaviors in the hopes of getting rewards, and you’re sure to get a smile out of the dog’s eagerness to learn.
Strengthening Your Bond – For most people, their dogs are their friends, companions, and become a part of the family. Positive Reinforcement methods of training can help reinforce the bond you have with your dog. While other training methods may teach your dog how to behave, Positive Reinforcement will help you lead your dog while maintaining its trust and strengthening your relationship.
Put yourself in your dog’s place. Would you feel comfortable at work if your boss physically pushed you to get your work done? Or, would you be more likely to enjoy working for someone who offers a positive environment with compliments with perks? You may be more willing to work harder for the boss who praises you. In the same way, your dog is much more likely to enjoy your company if it’s looking forward to being rewarded rather than fearing being punished.
Problems With Behavior – The key to positive reinforcement is consistency and patience. It can be very frustrating to have your dog disobey a command, and you might be tempted to show your anger or disappointment at times. Remember that dogs read body language far better than they understand words, so you need to project positivity as well as say it. When you get upset, take a deep breath and remember that it’s only a dog and is doing the best they can, and relax. Start again on a happy note with a smile and eager eyes. The treats you offer should be varied, and the things that appeal to your dog most. When teaching your dog a new command or working on significant problem behaviors, provide irresistible treats reserved only for training.
As your dog gets better, you can change to their regular treats or offer their favorite toy as a reward. Always provide a lot of praise and soon yo,u will no,t have to reward them every time, and your affection will be enough for a job well done.
Introduce to a Dog Crate – If you haven’t already been using a dog crate, the first week of training is an excellent time to introduce one. The dog crate is an excellent tool to manage your dog when you not there to supervise. Take a little time each day this week to let your dog get used to the dog crate and begin letting it sit in there for a few minutes at a time. Your dog may eventually prefer to sleep there.
Dog Crates also can help with housetraining, since most dogs will not defecate or urinate where they sleep. Start trying to leaving the dog in its crate for more extended periods, but no longer than a few hours at a time. Leave some fun and toys. Continue using the dog crate through-out your dog’s training. Most dogs enjoy having a house of their own.
Establishing a Routine – Dogs love routines. Create a schedule of walks, mealtimes, and playtime early in training. From the first week establishing the method, be careful to remain consistent on both weekdays and weekends. Stick with this schedule as closely as possible during the dog’s training. This will help your dog know what to expect. It also helps with housetraining since your dog will begin to learn the exact times it can go outside.
Toys For Dogs – Figure out what you want to reward your dog. A good dog training set is an effective method, but it’s possible to use rewards without the clicker. Before you start teaching commands, try a wide variety of toys to provide as a motivator for your dog. Be sure to include some Kong toys or Buster Cubes, which offer some mental stimulation.
Toys will help keep your dog mentally engaged, which is essential, especially since most owners are not available to play with their dogs during the day. Introduce one toy this week, and then rotate the different toys each week throughout this process, so your dog always has something new and exciting to play with.
Teaching Your Dog Commands – Learning basic commands is important for dog training to be as it helps your dog needs to know how to respond to its owner to remain safe. Start with basic commands and once those are mastered, move on to others.
Walking on a Leash – Teaching your dog to walk on a loose leash will teach your dog to walk safely, and this is important for both the dog and the owner. Plan on at least one short walk a day during this week to practice this skill. You should continue working on this throughout its training.
Choosing Tricks – If your dog knows most of the basic commands, you can work on teaching it tricks in the week after working on walks.
These can be fun tricks such as go fetch or playing Frisbee as well as “rollover” or if your dog has a good understanding of walking on a loose leash.
Tricks are non-essential but they can be fun for you and your dog and allow them to receive praise for good behavior.