Whether you start early on at the puppy stage, or later if you have taken on an older dog. You must establish house rules, limitations and boundaries between the human members of your household before you bring any new puppy or older dog into your home.
This is not something you can do later. This is an important first step if you are going to have any success training puppies or even an older dog. You have to be sure that all your family, including your children, are in full agreement about who is the pack leader and who does what in the dogs daily life. There have to rule that apply to the immediate human family before you begin with your dog.
The breaking of the rules by your family members is one main cause of failure when making a dog obey and respect who he is and where he stands in the pecking order. Without clear instructions, a dog will become confused and begin to disobey his leader.
Rules For Training Puppies And Dogs
1 Always remain clear and calm when teaching your dog about the rules you want him to adhere too.
2 You must begin teaching and implement rules from when your dog arrives at your home. Do not wait until you think your dog is ready. They live in the present and do not have a sense of time like we human clock-watchers.
3 Always be alert to any unusual behavior you think needs correcting. Passing it by with the intention of coming back to it later does not work. Act on it straight away.
4 Be flexible when disciplining your dog and offer him a different solution to the one where he or she has had their behavior curtailed. Make alternative ways more fun for your dog.
5 Always make sure you are calm and composed (Taking deep breaths are good for relaxing), so you can respond emotionally to your dogs’ behavior. Being angry, upset or revengeful will only confuse him, and he will quickly pick up on your emotions. That, in particular, is one thing that dogs do well.
6 When training puppies yelling and shouting is a no-go area if you want to rear a well-balanced dog.
7 Dogs are not minded readers so make your commands clear and precise. Always use the same commands and do not alter them later.
8 Always treat your dog the same regardless of any distractions and make sure the rules you laid down are followed to the letter. No deviations or your dog will become confused.
9 Encouraging your dog to be aggressive is the wrong way to go and will only antagonize other owners and dogs, plus you may end up having your dog destroyed.
10 Rewarding your dog with treats or affection is the best form of encouragement, but only do so when he or she is in a calm or passive state.
Remember the way your dog acts and responds is often a reflection of you. So what your dog throws back at you is what you have put there and is a reflection of your personality.
No matter what you think, you will need in the way of training aids it all boils down to your input. What is the best training aid for controlling a dog? You are the best training aid use your energy and instincts to convey your wishes and commands through your behavior. Use all your body to convey what you want like the way you speak, stand, look, eye contact, and the way you hold your arms.
A pack leader is usually calm and assertive and gives clear indications either through body language commands or presence. You have to be able to control your dog under any circumstances and convince your dog that you are his pack leader. You must always, instill into your dog that you have the confidence to make every command and decision.
Every dog handler and trainer has their methods of training dogs. This in some part has been through the experience they have gained over many years. That is not to say that any one method is any better than any other. As long as the outcome is the same and your puppy or dog has been personalized to your rules, and you are happy with the outcome then you and your pooch will have a great time together in all situations.