Owning a dog while living in an apartment can be a challenge. Training your dog for this style of living is essential to your well-being, as well as, to the other tenants in the apartment. You will find important tips in this article to ensure that you and your dog are ready for living in an apartment, along with other great dog training tips.
The dog, man’s best friend. We’ve all probably found ourselves owning a dog at some point, but perhaps weren’t the one responsible for training it. One of the keys to training a dog is consistency. You have to reward it all the time for good behavior, and punish it all the time for bad behavior. For example if you are potty training and your dog uses the pad, reward her with a treat each and every time to reinforce that behavior.
Reinforcement is a key element in dog training. Reinforcement only works, however, when it is executed with the proper timing. Excitedly saying, “Good girl!” just a few seconds too late has little positive impact on the dog’s future performance in terms of the desired act. Reinforcement for desired behavior should be immediate.
When trying to train your dog, always reinforce positive behaviors even when you’re not actively in a training session. It’s easy to remember to reward your dog during a training session, but it’s just as important to reward your dog for those trained behaviors the rest of the time, too. This builds a good connection for the dog between the behavior and the reward.
The basics of training your dog involve rationing food and physically showing the dog what to do. By rationing the food your dog gets throughout the day, you can use treats during training more effectively. By physically moving the dog you can “force” the dog to understand what you intend the dog to do, in response to a certain command.
A great way for your dog to learn new skills (or brush up on some old ones) is to attend classes at your local dog training center. If you are not sure of where to take him, your friends or veterinarian may be able to help you find a place that best suits your needs.
Be kind when you are training your dog. Dogs can sense when you are being impatient with them. Do not get angry when your dog does not get it, right away. They aren’t ignoring your efforts. It takes time for your furry friend to get used to doing something new.
Use short training sessions. Dogs can’t pay attention for a long time, so keep sessions short and dynamic. Allow you dog a break every fifteen and then resume training if desired.
When looking to hire a dog trainer, finding someone who uses positive training techniques can be very beneficial. Your dog will respond better to praises, treats, and encouragement than to physical or mental agitation. Negative training methods can be very ineffective and cause harm to the animal as well.
One-on-one training sessions can be the way to go for some dog owners. One-on-one training can be extremely flexible for your schedule. It is also often priced per session. This means that for a dog that only needs a few sessions, individual training might be less expensive than group.
In conclusion, you and your dog are going to have to adapt to apartment style living. This may prove to be difficult for you and your dog, but hopefully the tips provided in this article will assist you in training your dog properly, to ensure that everyone involved is happy.