Dog Training Tips (Things You Can Do Yourself)

By February 23, 2016 Wags Pets Grooming Blog

First of all, watch some Cesar Milan TV shows (or check out to learn some fundamental behavioral components of a dog’s life. You will be surprised how you have been applying your human perception and values to your dog, who just doesn’t naturally live by those same rules. Your dog is a pack animal, which means if you want to be in control you need to be the pack leader! This is the fundamental truth that all of your dog’s behavioral expressions stem from. Understand and structure your methods around this truth and your dog will happily fall in line. Like a human child it is best to start training properly at the earliest you can in the developmental process to set the stage for good behaviors later on.
A dog can develop lots of psychological and behavioral problems living in a human world and society, like aggression, social anxiety (with both other dogs and humans), excessive barking, and separation anxiety. Below are a few key tips to avoid letting your dog develop these bad behaviors in the first place.
When the dog is a puppy is when you need to establish yourself as a confident pack leader. They will perceive and take advantage of your weakness by expressing bad behaviors, so it’s important to be consistent, firm and rewarding.
Keep your dog healthy with regular vet check-ups and feeding them the appropriate diet for their breed along with the right type of exercise. Some dogs need more running and play than others, you need to know what your dog needs.
Housebreaking, that is developing behaviors and tendencies should happen early on, and you need to be consistently applying these rules for them to sink in properly. Take your puppy to the same safe area each morning, at the same time, to show them where and when to relieve themselves. It’s all about ingraining the right habits. When they do go toilet there you need to immediately reward them, with treats and cool, collective praise. This will reinforce the behavior, you will be surprised how fast they learn. Don’t punish them for mistakes, don’t make them think going toilet itself is bad, this will lead to many bad behaviors.
When you exercise the puppy be the pack leader. That means you’re the first one out the door and the first one back in. They should be to the side or behind you when walking. But what is really important is that daily exercise and the right amount of it.
Some of these tips should really help you off to a good start, by reinforcing the right behaviors, not punishing them at the wrong time, and establishing yourself as the rightful pack leader. Wags Grooming offers some professional 1 on 1 dog training services, call them now to book in your consultation. If you just got a new puppy a consultation could save you years of frustration. Become educated and you and your dog will be much happier together.

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