If you’re a dog owner, chances are you’ve glanced enviously at someone else’s perfectly behaved dog before and wished that your dog would stop jumping up, trying to eat everything, and sniffing the crotch of everyone within a five mile radius. Training your dog can be hard work – but here are some tips to help.
Go To Obedience Classes
First of all, obedience classes are absolutely worth a try. Not only will they teach your dog to do things like walking without pulling on its leash, but they’ll also teach you how to be a better dog owner. The main key to it is patience and repetition – you might get bored and irritated but that’s the only way to make sure your dog learns over time that certain actions have consequences, whether that’s sitting down and behaving perfectly and getting a treat, or jumping up at someone and not getting a treat. Obedience classes are also excellent if you want to try to socialise your dog a little more. One of the most important things about your pet is that they don’t alarm people by barking loudly or being aggressive towards other dogs, so it’s important that they get used to being around other people and pups.
Work On Tricks At Home
After your obedience classes, make sure that you continue that good work when you go home. No one’s saying that you have to teach your dog to dance like some incredibly well trained dog on a TV talent show, but it is important to make sure that you maintain their good work by being as consistent as possible all the time. When you’re out on walks with your dog, make sure that you have a pocket full of treats so that you can reward them for walking well. When you’re practising calling your dog when they’re off their leash, make sure you do it in an enclosed location – you don’t want them to run off, after all, but it is important to work on their recall as much as possible. It’s also a lot of fun to work on tricks at home using dog training collars – teaching your dog to roll over, sit and shake hands is a great way to spend time together and to make your dog a treat for other people to be around.
Spend Time Together
Finally, the most important thing is to build a strong bond with your dog. The best way to do that is by spending as much time with them as possible – check out local places that allow dogs, particularly over the summer where you can relax on terraces with your canine pals. It’s also a great idea to take them out to dog parks so that they can socialise with other dogs and so that you can meet new dog owner friends. Let’s face it, people who love and own dogs are pretty much uniformly friendly and sociable – it’s a great way to meet new people and find out good places to socialise your pup.