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Top Five Dog Training Mistakes

Are you in the process of training your dog? You should go over this article for some valuable information on dog training.

Tip: Approach any unfamiliar dog with care. Walk slowly toward him and allow the dog to sniff your hand before trying to pet the dog.

You should not punish your dog if you did not catch it misbehaving. Dogs will not be able to connect your reaction to the bad behavior, if they remember their mischief at all. You should wait until you see your dog peeing on the carpet or chewing on your shoes to intervene. You should take the shoe away, say 'no' in a firm voice and give your dog some time out. If you catch your dog peeing on your carpet, say 'no' and take the dog outside. Training a dog is a lot of work; you will have to constantly keep an eye on your puppy during the first few months.

Tip: Never shout loudly at your dog if he or she barks unnecessarily. Raising your voice to counteract unwanted barking can come across as a positive reinforcement, confusing your dog.

You should not yell at your dog or use force. It is best to teach your dog through positive reinforcement. Reward your dog with a treat and praise it when it does something right. You will develop a great relationship with your dog and always be obeyed once you go through the initial training period. Have short training sessions on a daily basis. Get the attention of your dog and get it to perform an action while repeating an order. Reward your dog every time it associates the order with the action.

Tip: Keep your dog's leash loose when training him. Dogs love exploring when they get to walk.

Do not repeat training exercises for long periods of time. The average puppy will not be able to focus for more than fifteen minutes. You could have two or three training sessions in a day if you have enough time. If you feel like your puppy is not focusing, you should try again later. Keep in mind that your dog needs to run and play a lot. If your dog spent the entire day in a small apartment, you need to go for a long walk before you can have a training session.

Tip: Make sure your dog stays calm as you enter a space that he is in. It's great to play freely with your dog, but when you enter a room, you should not be bombarded.

Do not play fight with your dog. You need to establish some boundaries between you and your dog so it understands you are the master. You should not get on the ground to play with your dog or let your dog bite you. Stand back if your dog tries putting its front paw on you. It is important you do not your dog assume any kind of dominant position. Training your dog will be easier if your pet considers you as a master and respects you.

Tip: If you own a particularly rambunctious dog, you may feel somewhat reluctant to begin training. Dog training can be simple and it can be carried out by busy owners once they know what their dog needs.

Do not wait too long before going to an obedience school if you cannot handle your dog. Some puppies are harder to train than others, and training an older dog is sometimes so difficult only a professional can do it. You should look up obedience schools in your area and take your dog there. A professional will teach some orders to your dog and will also show you how to establish yourself as a master and keep your dog under control.

Avoid these dog training mistakes and you will be able to build a positive relationship with your dog. Do not hesitate to get some help if you need to.

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