If you are new to the dog training arena, I will tell you now that it is not the easiest job there is, but it is very enjoyable when you do it right. There are a few tips to help make your job a bit easier. So, let us get right to the tips.
1. Watchful Eyes
You need to keep an eye on your dog to correct any negative behavior and to reward any positive behavior. If you are not watching them continuously, they will not understand why they are corrected at one time, and not another.
2. Feeding Time
Feed your dog at the same times every day. This makes them have a regular bathroom schedule, one that you can predict which will make your housebreaking job much easier.
As you are training your puppy, remember to teach them how to act around others. They need to learn how to socialize with people and other dogs.
4. Establish Authority
Every dog must feel he is a part of the pack, and every pack needs a leader. You need to establish yourself as the leader. The best way to do this is teaching them the basics, such as sit, roll over, or fetch. This is very important you are in command.
5. Positive Reinforcement
Always offer a positive reward either in the form of a treat or verbal praise. If your dog does something good, then you go out of your way to let them know it.
6. Patience is a Virtue
Patience can be so difficult when you are catching her going potty in your living room. Neverheless, you need to remember, you are dealing with a child basically, and they require a bit of time to learn something. You will need to spend many sessions of training to get your puppy to have the way you want her to. If you are showing upset, emotions either physically or in the tone of your voice, your dog will notice it. Keep things positive and be patient.
7. Be Consistent
Consistency is crucial during dog training. You can not train one day, then skip the next. If you do, you will take forever to get her trained. When you are consistent, you are giving them a clear signal of what is expected. You do not have to be so intense every day, just be consistent in your commands.
8. Keep It Short
When you are training, you do not need to spend hours, matter of fact, even an hour is too long. All you need is 15 minutes or so, longer than that can be too tiring for you and your dog.
9. Distraction Free
Make sure there are minimal distractions; you want to have your dogs full attention.
10. Keep it FUN!
You are building a lifetime bond with your dog; make this a positive and healthy bond.