Tricks to Train a More Obedient Dog
Guest Writer: Eileen O’Shanassy
Having an obedient, well-trained dog is a real blessing and a pet on the other end of the behavior scale can certainly be a nightmare. How they behave throughout their life starts with how they are trained as a puppy. Your pet doesn’t need to be able to do 20 different tricks, but knowing a good handful of commands will make your life a lot easier in the long run. Here are some basics to train a more obedient dog by using these tips.
Everyone and Everywhere
Be sure to train your dog in every room of the house and outside as well, especially as you go through basic tasks. Your puppy shouldn’t only think it needs to sit in the kitchen when you are about to feed them their dinner. They should sit, lie down, and stay wherever you command them, and practicing around your home will help reinforce the fact that the behavior is universal. Also, everyone in the family should practice giving them any new commands you teach them. An obedient dog is not one who only listens to one family member. There will probably be times when only one person is home over the years, and you want the dog to listen to them without question.
Time and Timing
You do not have to invest hours and hours each day to train your dog to be obedient. Fifteen minutes a day, give or take, is a good amount of time to dedicate. Remember, training your dog is a year-long marathon, not a two-week sprint. Don’t get burned out by trying to do too much, too fast. Even with training them 15 minutes a day, you don’t have to do it all at once. Take some time at their morning feeding, especially with their basic commands, because you will have a captive audience. Ask them to sit or lie down before every meal. This will reinforce that they need to be behaved and obedient even when they are excited that it’s mealtime.
Training your puppy shouldn’t be a full-time job. If you want to check on them and see if they are behaving, have security system alarms or detectors installed. This way, when you leave the room or aren’t at home to see how they act, you’ll have a way to monitor behavior. ADT Glass Break Sensors vs Motion Detectors will show when movement happens in and around your home. If you are training them to stay off the couch, they probably won’t do it while you’re sitting right there. So take a look at your camera feeds if you want to know if that command is sinking in.
Training a new puppy is a huge undertaking, but these tips can help you train for a more obedient dog and give you peace of mind later on.
“Tricks to Train a More Obedient Dog”
Guest Writer: Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.
Another article by Eileen O’Shanassy: How to Weed Out Bad Dog Behaviors
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