Having a dog inside of the home can certainly be a challenge, especially when belongings are getting damaged. Properly training your dog can help prevent accidents inside and destructive behaviors. This article will go into depth on how to train your dog for living peacefully inside your house.
Watch what sort of activities you are encouraging your dog to do. Sometimes we may perform actions with our dog without realizing that they are training them to do something we dislike. If every time your dog chews something up you send him outside, you are teaching him that chewing something up is the key to getting outdoor time. Be careful with the actions you take, especially ones that tend to be consistent practices.
Training a dog to roll over is a pretty simple task, just make sure to have a few treats handy! The first step is to teach your dog to lay. The next step is to hold a treat close to the floor by the dog’s head then continue to move the treat over his head until you reach the other side. He should follow the treat with his nose, causing him to roll his whole body over. Say the command, “roll over” when he rolls over. Never become frustrated if it does not happen right away. Once he does learn how, he will be a celebrity among other dogs.
Have flexibility when training your dog. Be willing to vary or change a routine if it isn’t working. You may need to try different locations or times of day. You may need to adjust the duration of your training schedule if it is too long a session, or too short.
To make your dog understand what you are expecting from it, you should reward it when it behaves well. Pet it when it obeys you, and use a soothing voice. You can even feed your dog a treat if it did something remarkably well. Make sure your dog understands why you are pleased.
To stop your dog from biting, you should express pain every time it bits you and then ignore your dog for a few minutes. When your dog bites you softly, reward it by responding to their nipping and playing with your dog. Make sure your dog understands the difference between biting and soft nipping.
Underestimating the necessity of good exercise will cramp your dogs training style. Naturally, all dogs need to run, chase and play just to release energy so if they do not get enough exercise outside of training they are very likely to be distracted or over excited and cause the session to be frustrating for everyone.
If you’re tired of your dog pulling on the leash while walking with you, here’s a simple training method. Take your leashed dog to an outside place that is familiar to both of you – such as the backyard – then begin to walk. If your pet stays beside you, right at your thigh, reward it with a treat. If the animal rushes forward, stop walking. If it wanders off for some reason, say “let’s go” in an upbeat way and turn and walk another way. When it catches-up with you, give it a treat, and if it doesn’t catch-up, pull gently on the leash until it gets the point. In this way, you reward good behavior and don’t have to be unduly harsh for bad behavior.
You may be finding it difficult to live with an indoor dog. Maybe your dog is ruining your belongings, and your patience is running out. Use these steps to learn the proper way to train a dog to behave indoors.