Dog Training Tips for Pet Owners
Active puppies usually have no problem getting adopted or purchased since owners can’t help but fall in love with them as they excitedly
jump up and begin licking their potential owner’s face. However, once they bring them home it can quickly become apparent that while an active dog is great for cuddling and playing with they can also be a handful when it comes to keeping them under control. In fact, overactive puppies can also pose a problem when it comes time to train them since all they seem to want to do all day is play. Luckily hyper puppies are actually quite easy to train once you utilize some of the tips listed below. Your hyper dog will be all the more enjoyable once they learn that there is a time to jump and play and a time to sit still and behave.
- One of the easiest ways to get any hyper puppy to slow down is to exercise them regularly. Take your puppy out for a walk or run, play fetch with them, and let them play outside as much as possible to release some of the pent up energy they currently have. Not only will regular exercise help to tire them, but it can also help build a strong relationship between you and your dog which will become even more important as you begin actively training them.
- When you begin actively training your puppy keep each session short and entertaining so that your puppy does not become bored. Most active puppies love to learn and by keeping the lessons exciting you can ensure that you have their attention during the entire training session. However, one thing to note is that you want to keep the lesson exciting for the puppy but not their surroundings. If there is too much to distract them then they will have a hard time keeping their attention on you and their lesson.
- Don’t hesitate to enroll them in a training course if you feel like you would like more help. Most dogs do well in training courses and as a dog owner you may appreciate the extra help and guidance afforded to you by a training teacher. Additionally, it is always beneficial to introduce puppies to other dogs as soon as possible so that they learn how to socialize with unfamiliar dogs and people
- Lastly, remember to be patient with your dog. As a new and hyper puppy your dog may simply be too interested in the world to want to sit still at this point in time. Don’t stop training them and keep your patience because eventually they will catch on and learn the positive behaviors that you are trying to teach them.
Teaching a hyper puppy may take a little more time and patience, but in the end you will have the best of both worlds; an active puppy that will run around outside with you and one that will also heed when you call them back indoors.
Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
The popular saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” is not true. Not only can you teach a dog of any age new tricks but you can also train them to be the type of well-behaved pet that makes any owner proud. The truth is that many older dogs with bad habits have been taught those habits by their owners, either through lack of training or the wrong type of training. So while it can be harder to get a n older dog to relearn new habits and behaviors it is not impossible. And any dog, young or old, will ultimately benefit from learning positive behavior and having a more stable relationship with their owner.
Below are a few tips on training an older dog to listen and behave as well as a younger dog would.
- To begin with you should make a list of the negative habits that your dog currently partakes in and the good behaviors that you want to replace them with. This can include housebreaking issues, barking, aggressive behavior, and not heeding when called. Each of the behaviors you note down will need to be addressed separately, but it will help to see all of the behaviors written down so you can get a general idea of how much work you have ahead of you.
- You may also want to make an appointment with your veterinarian to discuss these issues as your dog may need to be evaluated for underlying health problems which could be affecting their behavior. For instance, a dog who has vision or hearing problems may be acting aggressively out of fear and confusion rather than outright aggression. Your veterinarian can give you tips on modifying your dog training tactics based on any health concerns that they note during your dog’s checkup.
- Before you begin training your dog to emulate positive behavior you actually want to work on breaking the negative habits. Try to stick with basic one-word commands. Reward your dog for any steps they begin making towards learning positive behavior and reward them for no longer performing bad habits. It’s also important to keep training short, 15 minutes on average, so as not to tire your older dog.
- If you are going to try rewarding your dog’s good behavior with food treats then choose small and healthy treats rather than doggy “junk food.” It’s always important to feed dogs healthy foods that will help to keep them slim and active. With older dogs it’s even more important since some older dogs have injuries that keep them from being as active as a younger and fully healthy dog. Stay away from fattening treats or people food for the sake of your dog’s health.
If you have never tried training an older dog before you may be surprised at the speed with which your dog begins to pick up new habits. However, every dog is different and even if it takes your dog a little longer to pick up on their training it is still worth it to have a well-behaved and trustworthy adult dog.