There are more than 46 million households in the U.S. that have dogs — which means that there are approximately 46 million different approaches when it comes to training.
Approximately 51% of dog owners believe that they are better dog trainers than someone else, while 46% say that someone else’s dog is better trained than theirs. Not every dog can be like this one.
There are a few things you can do that can help with dog obedience training.
- Applaud When They Do Good — dogs love receiving recognition, even more than people do. When a dog is doing something they are supposed to be doing, rewarding them with treats and affection will teach them to act that way more often. Some dogs require more praise than others, but it’s important to give your pets plenty of love and support.
- Plenty of Exercise — Proper dog obedience training requires plenty of outside activities. Let your dogs run around and be fit. Dogs who act lazy around the house all day will take much longer to train than more active dogs.
- Structured Activities — Dogs are creatures of habit. They require plenty of familiarity so they can be comfortable performing tasks and partaking in activities. Be sure to provide them with regular meal times so they know when it’s appropriate to chow down. Regular meals and regular bathroom schedules can help with training, so there are no messes in the future.
- Dog Obedience Training Calls — 54% of dog owners believe that “come” is the most important call that dogs should learn. Along with “come,” your dog should at least know four other commands that should be relatively easy to teach. After your dog successfully has these five calls down, then you can more on to more difficult training calls.
- Heel — if your dog knows this call, they will know to stay near you no matter what when you command the word, “heel.”
- Sit — this is one of the most common dog commands. When other people interact with your dog they are likely to use this command, so it’s nice to teach your dog to sit early on so they are not always confused.
- Stay — This command will ensure that your dog knows when to stay and will help them avoid trouble.
- Drop — A very important command in case your dog puts something in its mouth that shouldn’t be there.
Dog training does not have to be extremely difficult, but it does have to be taken seriously. Well-trained dogs are a delight to be around and can actually be much healthier than untrained, lazy dogs. If you’re in need of dog training, contact Completely Canine today!