Dog Training and Behavior Tips

Many people consider their dog to be a member of the family. Well-mannered dogs certainly can enhance family life, and be treasured members of a household. Dogs that are poorly behaved, though, can create stress and chaos. In the case of training a dog, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s important to train your dog as soon as you get him, to help him grow into a pet that will make you proud.

A young puppy will usually be fairly easy to train. Housebreaking, crate-training, and puppy socialization are very important components of training your new pup to behave. As with children, positive reinforcement can go a long way in training your puppy, and can be more effective than punishment when dealing with unwanted behaviors.

Though the saying goes, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” training an older dog is very possible. Some perks that owners of older dogs can enjoy include a calmer demeanor than one might expect with a puppy, and that most older dogs will at least understand some basic commands, so you are not starting from scratch.

In many cases, owners can benefit from the expertise of a dog trainer. All dog trainers are not alike, however, so some research beforehand can save you the trouble of choosing the wrong instructor for your dog. Some signs that a trainer might be a good fit include humane training methods, different levels of classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students, and classes that are fun for dogs and their humans.

As you train your dog, keep in mind some tips for responsible dog ownership. You’ve already made the commitment to take care of your pooch. You must train your dog to respect you, your family, your house, and any other visitors, human or canine, that he encounters. Make sure that you provide your dog with appropriate exercise opportunities to keep him healthy, and to lessen the chance that he will have boredom-induced misbehavior, such as barking and chewing. Keep your pet vaccinated and prevent heartworm.

Here are some excellent resources on dog training:

Training Rottweilers: a great source to help you with your Rottie puppy.

Training German Shepherds: tips on training your active and strong GSD.

Training Poodles: how to train your intelligent poodle puppy

Terrier Training: some techniques to use on your stubborn terrier

Training Toy Breeds: tips and tricks to help you with your tiny toy puppy.

Police Service Dogs: common questions and answers about training police dogs.

Training Seeing Eye Dogs: information about how seeing eye dogs are trained.

Guide Dog Trainers: source on becoming a guide dog trainer.

Service Dogs: There are several types of service dogs. Read about them here.

Socialization: tips on socializing your dog

Puppy Training: a plethora of great links pertaining to puppy training.

Training your dog will take time and dedication. It will be an ongoing process that will take place throughout your pet’s lifespan. The energy you expend on teaching your dog to behave will bring you years of pride and joy as you enjoy the canine member of your family.