That little puppy that looked so adorable at the pound has started to do some not so adorable things around your house. Your cute little puppy is peeing inside, rather than outside. He’s also been chewing on your shoes and jumping all over you. The good news is that the vast majority of dog behavior issues are easily lessened by consulting a professional dog trainer.
If you leave your dog outside provide shelter. Dogs will dig to create a shelter if left outside to stay cool in the summer and to warm up in the winter. You can stop the dog from digging up the yard by creating a shady spot for him or installing a doggy door so he can go in and out of the house or garage.
To be successful at dog training, your body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice need to be consistent with the commands you are giving your dog. When you are rewarding your dog with praise, use a higher pitched, cheerful voice. When you need to correct your dog, use a deeper tone and a firm voice. Always stand up straight when you give a command. With consistency your dog will learn to understand and obey you.
Puppy proof your house to prevent cherished possessions from becoming your puppy’s favorite chew toy. Remove items, such as shoes, from the area where you keep your puppy. Many pet stores sell a bitter tasting spray that you can use to keep your puppy from chewing on electrical cords. Remember that most puppies will grow out of this stage.
Use your dogs name whenever possible but try to make sure it is only used in a positive and rewarding tone. For example “good boy Zeuss” instead of “bad dog Zeuss”. This will ensure that your pet realize that it has done well and will continue to want to please its owner.
To help you begin training your dog you should understand that having patience is very important. All dogs are different and do not learn at the same pace. Some learn quickly while others at a slower pace. Having patience is a key first step as you set out to train your dog.
Dogs quickly learn whether or not you really expect them to respond to your commands every time or if they might be able to get away with not obeying on occasion. Don’t send false messages! Don’t give your dog a command unless you are prepared to follow through and insure your dog obeys that command.
When potty training your new puppy, keep him on a strict feeding schedule. Offer food twice a day, at the same time each day, and take your puppy out to eliminate shortly after finishing the meal. Young puppies often need to use the bathroom quickly after a meal. Giving your dog the opportunity to go outside will get him on a schedule and help to prevent accidents.
Many people are surprised to discover just how easy it is to significantly lessen canine behavior problems. So try some of the advice we mention and you’ll soon discover, just as many happy pet owners already have, that with just a little bit of work, and a lot of consistency, your dog will be much happier and better behaved.