While we all love to pamper our pets, training is critical when it comes to nurturing and maintaining a healthy and safe environment for your pet and you the pet owner. Training also makes it easier to communicate with your furry friend, and imparts the importance of good, helpful behavior.
Here are a few tips to train your dog.
- First, educate yourself in the aspects of training. Read books, watch videos and talk to other pet owners for what works well and for tips on tackling obstacles.
- Start training your puppy as early as possible, right after you bring him home. The earlier you start, the easier it is to train him using proper instructions.
- Reward his good behavior using treats, toys and praise. This will make your puppy understand when he is doing something right and will enable him to continue to learn and progress in the training process.
- Consider getting professional help. While hiring a dog trainer is expensive, it may be worth the three to six month investment as the way your pet behaves will change for the better permanently, helping your furry friend become a loved and admired member of the family.
Make sure you do not "over train" your dog as this could have negative effects, where your dog may keep his distance from you. It could also affect his behavior towards others. Spending the time learning about the do's and don'ts of pet training will enable you to train effectively without over training. Understand that pets learn differently from humans, and training may take more time than expected.
While training benefits your dog’s life positively, it is also the ideal bonding activity between pet and pet owner. Spending the time teaching desired behaviors could be a rewarding and engaging experience for you and your dog.