Training Dogs: Tips, Tricks and Housebreaking
Teaching new tricks is a great way to bond with your four-legged friend. Your reward is a well behaved dog that can keep the neighbors entertained for hours and his reward is making you happy... and the treats, of course.
Tricks: Here are the basic rules for training dogs.
Please remember that training your dog should be done in a positive manner. Harsh methods or yelling will hinder progress and could cause your dog to retreat from training altogether. This goes double for housebreaking.
I've been training dogs for years and this is one of my favorite tricks! It's so comical to watch your dog go down instantly when you give the "bang" command. Start learning now.
This one is more eaily taught and learned, but it's important that your dog will "sit" even when you're not holding treats. Once the trick is learned, accomplish obedience with simple praise and offer positive reinforcement.... and the occasional treat from time to time as well.
Voice Command: "Sit"
Step #1: Kneel or stand one or two feet from your dog and make sure that he's in the standing position. Say "sit".
Step #2: Gently push on your dogs rear end to coax him to sit as you're saying the voice command. Keep repeating it until he's sitting down 'squarely' with his feet directly under him.
Step #3: Say "good sit" enthusiastically when he's all the way down and offer him part of the treat. Keep praising him until he stands up again.
Repeat step #1 and give him a few seconds to respond. Repeat the voice command 3 times or so, giving him a few seconds to respond each time.
Repeat steps two and three.
Your dog should go down a little easier each time, eventually going down as soon as he hears the command... without any physical encouragement from you.
You can actually WATCH how these tricks are taught. See and hear them performed by a certified Hollywood dog trainer. She makes it so easy that we just had to include the link for you... AND it's FREE.
Because housetraining is a vital part of the relationship you share with your dog, it's extremely important to do it right this first time.
For your happiness as well as your dogs, please start as soon as possible. Puppies are like babies, they're little sponges that soak up information quickly, so the earlier you start, the better. It's still possible to housebreak an adult dog, but because of the extreme importance of doing this the right way the first time, we've included the link to the best source available on the internet.
Dove Crosswell's puppy and dog training tutorial is so well taught and it's worked so well for us and others we've referred it to, that we decided it was best to pass the link on directly...
There is absolutely no waiting involved. It's not an ebook so you don't have to read hundreds of pages or print them out to start learning immediately.
You will actually see and hear the correct way of housetraining your dog (with no shipping and handling charges involved) directly from a leading certified dog trainer.
Training dogs has never been easier.
Along with housebreaking, you'll be given the tools to help you teach your pet:
Training dogs proper crate etiquette works best when the dog spends only a few hours per day in the crate. If you work long hours everyday, consider hiring a dog walker. This will prevent neurotic bahaviors. It's detrimental to the mental and physical health of a dog to spend long hours everyday in a crate.
Instead of a crate, consider keeping your pooch in a room like the kitchen and use a barrier like this Five-Way Mounting Gate to prevent access to other rooms in your house. There is even a Maxi Metal Walk-through Gate w/Small Door and Extensions for large doorways.
If you decide to use a crate for bed time, etc., you can find safe and practical crates like this Petmate Portable Dog Home available at Petsmart.
We support Petsmart because they support they support animals in need. Through their adoption program alone, they have saved the lives of nearly 3 million homeless pets. Petsmart also has a great program for training dogs. Be sure to check it out the next time you're there.