Monday, July 22, 2013

Train Your Dog With Time and Consistency

Having a dog is a huge responsibility. When you take on a puppy in your family, it's like having a baby at first. You have to train them right away unless you want to spend the next decade with a dog that runs away every time the door gets opened or even worse, one that doesn't understand that his/her potty is OUTSIDE. I can still remember when I was 7 months pregnant with our 4th child and someone we had helping do some work at the house let our dog out. I ran for over a mile trying to catch him and I decided right then and there that I would NEVER go through that again.  

Are you having trouble training your dog? Even with electronic training collars, dogs may be stubborn or unable to learn what you want them to do. This can be very frustrating to you as the owner because the dog will now be a lot of work, rather than a companion who is fun and playful. Use these tips to train your dog quickly. 



Be Consistent 

Dogs need consistency. It is the only way that they learn. If you are going to tell your dog not to dig holes in the backyard, for example, you need to tell him no every single time. If you let it go sometimes, he will never know if it is okay or not. He may stop when you tell him to, but you want to get to a point where the dog will know what is right and naturally do it, even if you are not watching. This is something that can only be accomplished through consistence and dedication. 

Devote Your Time

On top of that, you have to realize that this will take time and energy on your part. When your dog is learning, you should spend at least 15 minutes to a half an hour working on new tricks and commands. Less than this allows the dog to forget. You cannot just train it when you feel like it. You have to be committed to giving up some of your time, and you will be happy that you did when your dog is well-behaved. 

If you cannot do the above two things, I would suggest you get a different type of pet because dogs NEED time and consistency. You cannot expect to train your dog overnight but if you give him/her the time and attention that they need to be properly trained, you will have a companion for life! 

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