Most pet owners know that it is easier to train your pets as puppies. However, they often don’t know how to start and what to do for the most effective methods. That is why people often seek a trainer to help guide them.
Here’s how to choose the best trainer for your puppy.
Ask About Their Training Certifications
In a pool full of trainers, how do you know which ones have the proper training and education? There are all kinds of programs that will provide instructors with a type of certification. Some trainers get theirs from completing a paid class. Try to find a trainer who carries certifications from the International Association of Canine Professionals, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, or the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers.
If the trainer carries certification from any of these programs, this means that they have the ability to be measured and have already the required amount of hours in training.
Ask About Their Methods of Training
There are many ways trainers find on how to train dogs. However, not all approaches and dogs are the same. Some are motivated by food treats while others prefer affection or play time. Respected organizations will agree that positive motivation requires on rewarding the dog for good behavior than punishing them for their bad behavior.
If you notice the trainer using negative training methods that involve hitting, yelling or scaring dogs, turn around and look elsewhere. You will want a trainer who ignores negative behavior and praises the positive behavior.
Go for a Trial Session
While the trainer may have all the experience and a successful record, if you don’t feel comfortable with their methods, look somewhere else. The trainer must be able to treat you with respect and explain their training in a way that is easy for you to understand clearly.
Good trainers will know how to follow the latest and most effective training methods and adapt them to every dog’s needs. While there is only so much you can do when choosing a trainer, don’t hesitate to find help elsewhere if you are unsatisfied with their help.
For many dogs, food is a great motivator and very efficient for obedience training. If you find yourself training your dog through verbal cues, this might not work effectively. You can harness the power of food to help train them to learn different commands.
Here are six tips on how to train your dog with treats.
Use small treats
When training, it can be easy to overdo your rewards. Giving them large amounts of treats will lead to undesired weight gain. Be sure to maintain your dog’s weight by rewarding them with smaller treats of pieces at a time. You can test out different treats for a healthier option.
Reward them in a calm state
It is important to reward your dog when they are in a submissive state. Be careful not to reward their poor behavior unintentionally. Rewarding them in large amounts will lead to short sessions and spike their hyperactive behavior. This might lead them to feel rewarded when they act hyperactive. Be sure to wait until your dog is in the right mind.
Don’t fall for a bribe
Many owners tend to make the mistake of bribing their dog with a treat. This will cause him to start doing it only when a treat is rewarded. Rewarding your dog with treats it good for the first sessions, but you should slowly stop using them as give more affection instead.
Get rid of distractions
Do you have trouble getting your dog to pay attention? This may be due to something being more interesting in their area. Be sure to find a place where they will stay focused on your training and their treat.
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A trained dog isn’t also the same as a balanced, obedient dog. However, if you teach your dog a few basic commands, this can be helpful in solving many behavioral problems. So do you start obedience training? There are plenty of options to choose from. You can take a class, hire a trainer, or even do it yourself. This will be beneficial as it can be a fun past time to spend with your dog.
Here are three commands every dog should learn.
This command is considered as the easiest to teach your dog. It is also a great one to start with as you will soon find yourself saying it often. You can start by holding a reward to your dog’s nose and move your hand slowly. This will allow him to follow the treat and lower his bottom. Once your dog reaches the sitting position, say “sit” on command and reward him.
Repeat this step daily until your dog has mastered the command. Continue to practice before mealtimes, walks, and situations where he must learn to be calm.
For times where you want to bring your dog back to you or keep him away from trouble, this command will help. Just put a collar and leash on your pet. Gently go down on his level and command “come” as you pull on the leash. When he responds, you can reward him with a treat and affection.
The next command to master is the “lay down.” This will help keep your dog relaxes and positive, especially in anxious pups. You can hold their favorite treat in your first then hold your hand up to their nose. When your dog sniffs the treat, move your hand to the ground for him to follow. Slide your hand along the ground to allow his body to follow. Once he has reached the down position, say “down,” reward him with a treat and affection.
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