A dog is a man’s best friend, may be a cliché, but it is a pretty damn true one. If you have bought home a four-legged friend, you would certainly want to train it, so that you can control your pet and its activities. So irrespective of the dog breed there is always a method and to teach your pet the basic norms of puppyville. Although there are some great dog training courses available online, like this one, you can still learn how to train your dog for basic obedience without their help. Here are some tips and tricks which will help you in training your dog at home.
1. Research on dog breeds and their personalities:
If you still haven’t bought home a pup, and are contemplating which one to get, you need some research to do. Find out about the personalities of different dog breeds. So in case you have a hectic schedule and may not want a very energetic dog who is always up for a game of fetch, then you should opt for a lazy pup like a bulldog, who likes to lie on the couch and enjoy the day. Getting hold of a dog is a long term commitment, of at least 10 to 15 years. So be sure to research well before choosing the right breed.
2. It all starts with the name:
To train your dog you will have to address it with a name, so give it a practical name. The name must be unique and have a distinct sound, but nothing that can confuse your dog. Address your dog with that very particular name, so that it gets used to it, this will really help during the training phase.
3. Schedule a fix time for the training:
Now comes the important part. Getting right down into business, our first recommendation is to make sure that you have an allotted time to train your dog. While puppies have shorter span of attention, dogs can concentrate for longer. Setting an allotted time will make your dog vary about the forthcoming activity which they may consider as play time.
4. Teach them the basic commands:
Basic commands such as sit, down, come, stay, fetch etc are easy to learn for the dog so like all the studies in the world, start from the very basic and go one step at a time. Don’t be discouraged, if your dog takes its own sweet time to painstakingly understand and learn all these tricks; with patience you will get there so keep striving harder.
5. Try to make eye contact:
Though dogs as we all know find it hard to communicate with us human beings, making eye contact does help. Try to meet the dogs eye when you give the command, this way they are more attentive and definitely more likely to obey.
6. Be patient:
You have to be patient with your four-legged-friend, remember you are asking a lot from them, and they are making the effort as well. Do not expect an overnight difference; the animals really struggle to reach up to your expectations, so do not push them too far especially in the initial stages of the training.
7. Build trust and confidence:
Your dog may or may not take time to come out of its comfort zone. You have to motivate them and support them in order to win over their trust. The trust will give your canine friend the confidence and boost to move ahead and strive harder.