Now we believe every dog owner would wish that their beloved pet can speak and easily express themselves to us. Unfortunately that is not how nature works, but luckily there are some ways in which we can talk to our pet dogs.
It is important that you teach your dog how to communicate because it is both useful and beneficial for learning, understanding and achieving complex tricks. Start by teaching your dog how to bark on command. Teaching your dog proper etiquette and behavior is key to having a kept and clean house.
As a happy dog owner, you must teach your pet to express themselves in various ways. Every pet owner goes through the training stage where they teach their dogs to communicate when hungry, bark if strangers are around, potty train them, etc. Teaching dogs to understand your commands must be done at an early age.
Why Train Dogs At An Early Age?
There is no such thing as an old dog cannot be taught new tricks, although it is still advisable to train them at an early age. Puppies are exactly like newborn babies- that is they cannot take care of themselves, which is why many dog trainers suggest not training them at an extremely early age.
On the contrary, we suggest you to start training them when they are around 8 weeks old because they are highly observant and study every move happening around them. Simply train your puppy because you of course wish to have a well behaved, happy and sociable pet.
Start training with some basic obedience training as well as toilet training. Puppies tend to learn quickly, so teach them how to behave the right way. Right from the start incorporate a healthy diet and exercise in their everyday routine. Teach your dog to socialize with children and other dogs. Take them to parks and help them find a friend. The best way to teach your dog is by teaching them to associate with others.
Learn The Signs
Pay close attention to your dog’s body language! They tend to do certain things like circling, sniffing, whining, pacing, standing by the door or scratching the door. Approaching you and staring, whining or wagging their tail are a few other signs you can interpret as your dog needs to go outside so that he/she can eliminate. Praise them for such decent behavior with a little treat after they finish. This is a positive reward to encourage this behavior in the future.
Dogs learn the quickest by association, so reward them when they do something good. By rewarding them you are encouraging them to repeat their good actions. Remember that the reward must be linked to the action, which is why you must make sure that they’re rewarded immediately. Reward can be fun or appraisal and maybe you can turn it into a game. Teach them daily and express the reward system every day in various environments. Teach them in multiple areas like outside the house, in playground and backyards so that they learn to be well behaved in every setting.
Dealing With Bad Behavior
Teach a puppy the dos and don’ts. Similar to how you treat them on their good behavior, point them out on their bad behavior as well. Do not be aggressive or too rude to them when they do something wrong because dogs tend to catch onto the emotions quickly. Avoid shouting, smacking or giving angry glares; in fact stick to simple words such as “NO”, hands gestures telling him to stop and lastly diverting their attention. Stick to these resolves even when their behavior is dangerous because they are yet to learn the difference between what is acceptable and what is not. Be patient, reward the good behavior and deflate the unacceptable behavior.
So, what next? Teach them how to ask to go out. Here are a few methods by which you can teach your dog how to “tell” or express that they need to go out.
Get Into A Routine
Coaches and advisers highly suggest preparing a daily routine because being on a schedule is the key to be productive in your life. Dogs are a creature of habit, so if you leash him around 6 in the evening for a walk around the block, then he’s going to begin to expect that walk every day. If you end up getting too engrossed in the newest episode of your favorite TV show, your dog won’t shy away from reminding you. Naturally your dog will bark, stand near the door or bring you the leash as a reminder of his daily walk.
It’s important that you exercise your dog daily; a walk and play time in the park is best for him. Set aside an hour or so from your entire day for these daily walks. Also, when you are free and home make it a part of your routine too. The more you stick to the same routine the quicker your dog will get accustomed to it.
Teach The Two Basic Commands
Teaching your puppy the basic commands will help them in advanced training such as ringing the bell or barking around the door to indicate that he wishes to go out. Here are the two basic commands that you must teach your puppy.
Come – Teaching your dog to come to you is probably the first command in the lesson. Since young puppies prefer being close to you, initially it might be hard to tell them to stay away from you and for you to give them the command.
The best way to teach your dog the ‘come’ command is to do it in the relay style. Simply call out to your puppy and once they approach you give them a little treat. Run around and command them to follow. Surely in less than no time they will start following your command.
It would be great if two people can train the puppy because you can roll out the command in order. The puppy can run from one person to another listening to the command and earn the treat. By doing this repeatedly for a couple of days, they will learn to grasp and act onto the command pretty soon.
Sit – This is another basic command that will assist you to teach your dog the tricks in future. Train your puppy to sit on command and we must tell you it is as easy as teaching them to come to you. Ask them to sit and hold the treat above their head so that they sit down naturally. In case they do not sit down on command, move onto something else because that will help them understand or to forget about the treat quickly.
Remember teaching them to sit on command is quite essential. They need to follow this command as it comes handy, especially when you are grooming your dog. Not all dogs prefer grooming, they tend to get scared when you are using dog clippers and won’t sit still. In such situations, you can tell them to “sit” and treat them, and they will soon get accustomed to the grooming process.
Use a doggy door during the training period if possible. Every pet dog must be housebroken so that they do not run around littering on the carpet. Your potty training must include of teaching them to go outside and not having a doggy door at such times can be a bit of trouble in case you do not notice your pet waiting by the door to go out.
Dogs are clever, observant and eager to learn. This makes it easier for you to train them for simple tasks. Teach your dog to ring a bell (Poochie Bells® provide the perfect way to accelerate the training process and to prevent your pooch from making messy mistakes) or to give out short barks standing near the door, as it turns out these techniques are easy to accommodate for your dog and will not require cleaning up of accidents every time your pup needs to go outside.
Consider keeping a bell which has a unique ring to it; also ensure that it is loud and audible enough in another room. Remember to keep the bell in reach of dog; do not place it where your dog finds it difficult to reach. It is a priority for the bell to be easily accessible, so keep them low and visible. There is also one more element to make note of that is you ought to have a durable bell. Our furry friends are like a source of energy, all excited to go out and may paw enthusiastically at the bells and the last thing you’d want is for them to break the switch. So, ensure you’re buying a switch that can withstand a little rough handling.
On the other hand, inserting bells and teaching the dog to use them are two different things. It might take some patience on your part to teach your pet. They are supposed to be taught this trick. Teach them how they have to ring a bell every time they want go out. At the start, make them click the switch before they move out every time and over a period of time they will understand the concept. The sound of the bell will develop a familiarity too over a period of time.
Getting into a routine with your puppy, versing them with the two basic commands and slowly moving onto teaching them tricks such as using props will help your dog to say that they wish to go out. Start giving them obedience training at the right age, use the most common spell of reward system and deal with getting them through their bad behaviors. Dogs are smart and quick learners. All they need from you is some undivided attention and proper training.
About the Author:
Anna Barton loves to spend quality time with her puppy Coco and has always been a dog enthusiast. The very fact that she is currently associated with Masterclip – a company providing pet grooming products- shows her best interests for pets. She loves engaging with other pet owners in the park and also likes to share her experiences for other pet owners!