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The difference between having a well-trained dog and a disobedient dog is night and day and can make a huge difference to your entire life. A well-trained dog can amplify all the benefits of dog ownership, lower stress and anxiety, and create a stronger bond between dog and owner, whereas a disobedient dog can amplify the challenges of dog ownership, and make leaving home with the dog stressful and fracture the relationship. Many people have become dog owners over the last year as a result of the pandemic, and some have struggled with training – here are a few basic tips that should come in useful.

Be Consistent & Patient

It is hard to train a dog to develop positive habits if you are not consistent in your approach. You need to establish the rules and parameters for the dog to learn what is and what is not acceptable behavior; otherwise, it can be very confusing. Some questions to consider are things like where do you want your dog to be able to go: couch, bed, chairs, the counter top, up and down stairs).  What areas are off limits?  Additionally, you need to understand that it will take time for a dog to learn these rules (especially older dogs), which is why you must practice patience. 

Master The Basics

The saying, “walk before you can run” is very true when it comes to dog training, and you need to master the basics before moving on to anything else. If you can get your dog to sit, come and prevent negative behaviors like jumping up or getting on the bed if they are not allowed, then this will make your life much easier and also provide a solid platform for you to move on to more advanced commands.

Prioritize Socialisation

Socialisation is hugely important for a dog to learn so that it can be trusted around other dogs, children, and other adults. Obviously, this has been one of the biggest challenges during the pandemic, which is why it should be prioritized moving forward. Puppy socialization classes, inviting people over the house, and taking the dog out will all help it to get used to new surroundings and people. 

Use Positivity

You get a lot further with positivity when it comes to dog training, with reward-based training largely accepted as the most effective approach. You will want to use Natural Dog Treats as a healthy reward for good behavior as well as showing affection when they listen to your commands. Keep in mind that tone of voice is hugely important when dog training, so you must be firm and commanding yet still positive and reassuring.

 

Use Dog Training Classes

There is a lot that you can do by yourself at home, but if you are struggling with dog training or simply want the most efficient way to improve behavior then you should look to dog training classes – this can also be an excellent way to increase socialization as well as meet other dog owners.

Dog training can be challenging, but it makes such a big difference to your life and the dog’s own happiness, so it is important to stick with it and to put the effort in, and these tips will hopefully help you to make progress.

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