1- Make sure that your dog knows what is his/her name-: From the first day you get your dog home, give him/her a name, start repeating his/her name again and again, very soon he’ll get the message. Say his name whenever you call him/her, and make sure to add it to all your commands. Keep in mind to reward and praise him/her every time he responds to his/her name.
2- When to give praise and reward-: When ever he/she does what you ask, Praise and reward your dog, give an appropriate correction when he/she doesn’t do what he has been taught to do. The key is to tell the dog what is right and what is not. If he/she knows the difference between right and wrong, the task of training will become lot more easier.
3- Long training sessions will only create frustration-: Make your dog training sessions short and full of fun. Take it slow, let them understand one easy command to start with then move on and build upon it.
4- Never reward your dog’s barking-: Yell and scream at the dog will only give them attention. In addition your dog will most probably just think you are joining in with them. If your dog is barking his head off outside, then you let him in, this just rewards and therefore reinforces the barking. If your dog is barking and you respond by giving him a cuddle or a treat, you are definitely encouraging your dog to bark again. You should be making it clear that his excessive barking is inappropriate and won’t be tolerated.
5- How to deal with separation anxiety-: Ensure that your dog feels safe and comfortable when you are away from him. Provide lot of fresh water, warm bedding for your dog. Give your dog plenty of exercise when you are around. Leave your dog a cloth or piece of clothing that has your scent on it. Feed your dog his main meal just as you are leaving the house. If you often have the radio or TV on when at home, leave it on while you are outside. Buying another puppy or cat can help reduce separation anxiety. I believe that this action may reduce separation anxiety, but won’t stop your dog from missing you when you are away. Some obedience training will ensure your dog is happy and stimulated.
By Jimmy Sam Karter
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