6 Tips for Keeping a Well Behaved Dog
by Kara Masterson
Dogs may make great pets, however a dog that isn’t well-behaved can cause a lot of problems. While a good UT personal injury attorney will be able to help you if you or someone you know has been injured by a dog, it’s best to keep your dogs trained before things go that far. Here are six tips that can help you avoid situations like that and keep your pets well behaved.
Start Training Early
While you can sometimes teach an old dog new tricks, you’ll get much better results from training a puppy. When you train a puppy, they haven’t really had a chance to develop bad habits yet. That is why it is a good idea to start young. That way you can develop good habits in them at a young age that will stick with them throughout their lives. It is definitely a lot harder for old dogs to learn new habits and break old ones.
Use Positive Reinforcement
When it comes to training dogs, positive reinforcement is much more effective than punishment. Give treats and praise whenever your dog does what it’s supposed to do. It is also a good idea to try to make training a game to keep it fun for both you and your dog. If you must punish a bad behavior, keep the punishment gentle. Ignoring non-destructive bad behavior is actually very effective as it lets your dog know that it won’t receive attention for it. And yes, even yelling angrily counts as attention to a dog.
Give One Command at a Time
Too many commands will confuse your dog, so give only one at a time. By doing that you give them time to process what they really have to do. This makes your pet far more likely to listen to you, especially when you follow through with a reward or punishment.
Always Follow Through with a Response After a Command
Every command you give should be followed by a response from you. If you don’t follow through after a command, your dog will quickly learn that commands are optional and will be more likely to ignore you. That definitely doesn’t help teach them anything. You have to make sure that you are always consistent when you are training.
Use Your Dog’s Name in a Positive Way
Whenever possible, say your dog’s name in a positive way. This means that you should avoid using it in conjunction with reprimands and punishments, and you should also avoid saying it with an angry tone. A dog should associate its name with good things. That way, it will always respond when it is called.
Never Let Your Anger Show
Finally, try not to let your anger and frustration show when you’re dealing with a dog that is behaving badly. It’s okay to feel angry, but yelling or harshly punishing your dog will only make it fear you. This will cause your dog to act defensively, which is one of the biggest reasons why a dog misbehaves. In other words, remain calm even when you feel like you can’t. Things will work out if you keep your cool.
Overall, there are tons of ways to help keep your dog happy and well behaved. You should never have to worry about a thing. All you have to do is be consistent and never give up. By doing that and following these few steps you should be able to have your dog well trained in no time.
6 Tips for Keeping a Well Behaved Dog
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Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.
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