When people first bring home their new puppy, they do not realize the importance of crate training. If you understand the proper way to crate train your dog, you will be be able to avert problem behaviors down the road. This article contains a number of helpful tips on crate training your new puppy that will keep both you and your pet happy for many years to come.
Proper and generous rewards are critical to dog training. Giving them treats at the proper time and with the proper amount is crucial. The reason is that dogs may not grasp why they receive rewards if they are given at odd times.
Before crating your dog always allow them the opportunity to eliminate. Young dogs, in particular, have to relieve themselves quite frequently. You can’t expect them to not urinate or even defecate in the crate if they haven’t been given the opportunity to do so before they are crated.
It is not difficult to teach a dog how to roll over, and having some treats on hand makes it easier. First, have the dog lay down. Hold a treat between your forefingers near the left side of your dog’s head, and then slowly pass the treat in front of his face and to the opposite side. He will probably follow the treat, rolling side to side as it moves. Whenever your dog does actually roll over, say “roll over” out loud. Repeating this over time forms a mental association in your dog’s mind that eventually causes him to roll over on command. It will probably take multiple attempts, but you will be the talk of the town when the trick is learned.
Never cave in to bad behavior. Your dog will always love you, but it needs to know that you’re the boss. Don’t encourage bad behavior and let your dog know that any such behavior will be met with punishment. At the same time, make sure you reward good behavior as well.
If your dog barks and growls at strangers in your home, do this: leash your dog, make him sit, wait until his attention is on you, and hand the leash, in full view of the dog, to your guest. Then wait until the dog is calm again, with the guest giving commands as needed. This teaches the dog that your guest ranks above him in “the pack” and he must accept them. When the dog starts to react again, repeat the exercise.
Give your dog plenty of positive reinforcement. Discipline isn’t only about punishment for bad behavior. You should make sure to reward good behavior with lots of affection and praise. It will ensure that your dog understands when it is doing the right thing, and it will help it develop trust in its trainers.
As was stated in the beginning of this article, most people do not realize it is very important to crate train your puppy. If you know the right way to crate train your puppy, then it will make it much easier for your new dog to understand the rules of the house. Apply the advice from this article and you’ll be well on your way to having a properly trained puppy.