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In the United States, dogs are the most popular pets, with nearly 64 percent of all families owning at least one. Yet, even though dogs are great companions that add a lot of joy to life, they are also a lot of work. In addition to caring for their needs, you need to train them to be well-behaved members of the family.

If you are a new dog owner, knowing how to train a dog is essential. But, you may not know where to begin, especially if you’ve adopted an adult dog.

Luckily, we’ll share some important dog training tips in this post that will help you transform your rowdy canine into an obedient dog!

House Training Your Pup

Upon bringing a puppy or dog into your home, you’ll need to start teaching them where to relieve themselves. A crucial part of training a dog to do their business outside is being consistent and having a schedule.

You’ll want to take them outside every couple of hours and observe signs that they need to go out, such as sniffing or pacing. And, when your dog relieves themself outside, be sure to praise them.

Leash Training Your Dog

All dogs need to know how to walk properly on a leash, especially in areas where there are leash laws. Proper leash training keeps your pup safe in high-traffic areas and makes walking your dog much more comfortable.

Teaching your dog to walk on a leash is mostly about practicing and reinforcing good behavior. So, try to walk your pup a few times each day!

Teaching Basic Commands

When your dog is a few months old, you can already start to teach them basic commands. These are the best dog tricks for keeping your canine out of danger:

  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Come
  • Down
  • Leave it

Of course, after they master these essentials, you can also teach them fun and easy dog tricks, such as how to roll over, shake, or play dead.

Training Out Bad Behaviors

Dog training is an ongoing process, so you’ll likely continue to teach your dog new behaviors throughout their life. Unfortunately, from time to time, you may even find that your dog develops bad habits, such as begging for food or barking. However, after catching these misbehaviors, you can look online for tips on how to address them.

Of course, some dogs are harder to train than others, especially if your dog is older or has a difficult past. If this is the case, you should contact an experienced dog trainer to work with your canine. You can visit to find out more about obedience programs.

Understanding How to Train a Dog

Dog ownership is a lot of hard work, especially learning how to train a dog. Yet, the friendship and company of your well-behaved dog is an immeasurable reward that makes all the effort worth it. So, get to work and start teaching your dog new skills today!

If you love your animals, don’t forget to read more of our articles to help you be a better pet owner!

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