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  • Writer's pictureHelen Richardson

Key Dog Behavior Tips

You know your dog better than anyone. After all, you've been living with her for years. You understand what makes her happy and what she avoids. You know the difference between play-biting and actual biting, and you know the appropriate time to give a stern correction.

Treating your dog like a furry baby doesn't work. Dogs are social animals and crave human attention, but they're also highly independent creatures who need leadership.

Here are some pointers to help you train your dog:

Step 1: Be consistent. Dogs crave routine, so make sure you always do things the same way every day: take walks at the same time, feed her in the same place at the same time and play in the yard at the same time every evening. Dogs thrive on predictability because it makes them feel secure in their environment. If you're inconsistent — or worse — unpredictable, it's going to be hard to attain full control of your pup.

Step 2: Reward good behavior with affection before the bad behavior starts. A lot of people mistakenly don’t give their dog enough attention and then the dog acts out to get “negative“ attention much like a child would. Proactively engage with your dog to show them what behaviors are preferable in that situation.

Step 3: Discipline. Many people are fearful that if they insist on good behavior from their dog then their dog will no longer like them. Done in a gentle and non confrontational way, dogs love to have limits. Much like a toddler will start to feel unsafe if you don’t set clear rules and enforce those rules, dogs need to know their limits so they can feel safe and relaxed in their environment.

Step 4: Crate Training. Crate training provides several benefits for both dogs and their owners. A crate that's large enough for a puppy can be used as a training tool until the pup is fully grown. You can use a crate to keep your pet safe and out of trouble, which is especially helpful when you're not home or have gone to bed. If your pet has been crate trained from the beginning, he may even be able to stay with you at a friend's or family member's house without causing trouble.

Step 5: Training Basics. Much like any other pet training, basic obedience commands are essential for keeping your dog out of trouble. Teach her the "sit," and "come," commands.

If you are in need of a reliably trained dog, or are suffering with an overactive or destructive dog, be sure to contact a professional trainer to help.

Although it can be fun to start dog training using treats and attention this will not result in a reliably trained animal. That is because food is not always the most important stimulus in the environment.

To get very reliable training results quickly, contact an e collar dog trainer who uses a modern e collar with 100 plus levels of stimulation, along with modern e collar training methods.

When trained correctly, the e collar is the absolute best way to communicate with your dog!


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