How to Teach a Dog Tricks in 2 Weeks
Training your dog to obey is important and when you can teach him a few tricks, it can be a lot of fun to spend time showing off to family and friends. Many different dog breeds are fairly easy to train when it comes to teaching them new tricks. With a few good tools you can teach your dog tricks in just a couple of weeks. Here are a few tips and ideas you can use to help you dog learn faster.
Use a Collar
First, if you want to teach your dog tricks fast, start out by using a good collar on him. The collar can allow you to easily control the dog and it also allows you to use a leash on your dog as well. Using a six foot leash with the collar can allow you to easily control him, keep him from wandering off, and can also allow him some freedom during the training too.
Teach Basic Commands First
Before you even try to start teaching your dog any tricks, you need to each him some basic commands fast. Many of the best tricks are going to use basic commands as well, so you need to teach him the basics. Start by teaching him to sit on command. Other good basics to start out with include commands like come, stay, and lie down. Once he knows the basics, teaching him tricks will be much easier.
Start Out Easy
Don’t start with the tough tricks when you’re trying to teach your dog tricks in just a couple of weeks. Go with something very simple to start out with. One good trick to start out with is shaking hands. Starting with the easy tricks allows the dog to build up some confidence. It will also help you to build up the training until you are able to teach tricks that are more difficult.
Keep Training Sessions Short
You may be tempted to jam as much training into each day as possible so you can help you dog learn more tricks in a short period of time. This is not going to work. You will find that your dog performs better if you keep the training sessions short. Usually the sessions should be about 15 minutes at a time. However, since the sessions are short, you can try doing a couple different sessions each day.
Use Positive Reinforcement
It’s definitely a good idea to use positive reinforcement if you’re trying to get your dog to learn tricks fast. Whenever he does well during training, praise him. Lavish your dog with attention. It’s also a good idea to reward your dog with some treats so he starts corresponding doing well with rewards and positive praise and attention.
Vary Your Sessions
In order to make sure your dog learns as many tricks as possible, vary the sessions from time to time. This not only will allow you to teach him even more tricks, it also helps to avoid boredom. Don’t make everything about learning new tricks either. Take time out to simply play with your dog so you don’t overload him with new things.
Havanese Dog Training Tips
You may be the biggest dog lover in the world, but that doesn’t mean everyone in your family or circle of friends is a fan of canines “” even your cute Havanese may look scary. They might have had a bad encounter with a dog as a child or they might simply have an irrational phobia.
Or, it’s possible that they may be frightened by specific behaviors your dog may exhibit. It’s important to not only learn what is causing the fear, but then to figure out what you can do, as the dog owner, to cut it off.
The Source of the Fear
Step one is to talk to your family or friends about what is going on. Imagine if you were afraid of someone’s dog because it growled at you. How would you feel if the dog’s owner blamed you for the problem, assuming you have some irrational fear?
So, you shouldn’t do the same to them. Always start by assuming there is a sound reason for their fear and talk to them about it. Ask if they have seen something in your dog that causes the fear or if they were attacked as a child. The second you can figure out what started the cycle, you’ll be able to start dealing with it.
If Your Dog is Causing the Fear
If you find out that something your dog is doing in particular is causing the problem, keep an open mind. Most dog owners have blinders that keep them from seeing the negative things their dogs might be doing. You look at your Havanese and you see a perfect little angel.
If they happen to be growling whenever your friends go near their water bowl, you have a real problem that needs to be dealt with. It cannot be written off as the person’s fault.
To start with, address the behaviour. If the dog is showing aggressive tendencies based on their space or territorial actions, you need to take control of the space and show the dog that you’re in charge. Once you’ve done that, make sure no one is treating your dog improperly. If they’re up front or physical and that makes your dog uncomfortable, it can create an environment where fear is bred.
If the Fear is from a Past Incident
If it turns out that your dog is not causing any of the anxiety and fear that your family or friends are having, it very well may be the result of a past incident. In this case, it can be easy to simply blame them and tell them to “deal with it”.
But, again, would you want someone to be that callous with you? Probably not. I’m not telling you to hide your dog in a corner and keep him there until they leave, but you can introduce certain safeguards to maintain the safety of your home.
First, teach your dog to stop jumping at strangers. Make them stay calm and well behaved when new people enter the house. Second, make sure they understand that they do not have to pet the dog or greet him.
For most dogs, being ignored will breed ignoring. They will respond the same as this is a clear body language signal to be left alone – presuming there is no direct eye contact or touching.
With time, if you can show them that your dog is well behaved and patient, you may be able to communicate to them that the dog is not going to do anything bad. But, first you must show that the dog is under control.
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Good Dog! Obedience Training
As the title suggests, praise and positive re-enforcement are your keys to quick and easy obedience training for your dog.
The old saying “dogs are man’s best friend,” didn’t work its way into our every day life by accident. It has taken centuries of man working alongside the Canine and breeding desirable traits into the popular breeds of today. From the tiniest Chihuahua to the biggest Bull Mastiff and everything in between, each breed carries a desirable trait for its master. Along with size, color, type of fur and demeanor. The inherent trait of wanting to please its master, is probably the most desired and useful trait a dog could own. Using your dogs trait to please its master is the most effective way to train any dog. Ever hear the old saying “You attract more bee’s with honey?” Well, the same holds true with training your dog. Good dog obedience training is simply about praising the good behavior of your dog and ignoring the bad.
Praise that can re-enforce wanted behavior can be anything from a simple “GOOD BOY” to a nice piece of steak! A good pat on the head or scratch behind the ears are a couple of my favorites. This type of training can be done under many situations. Let’s say you are working on the command “sit.” If you find your dog in a nice sitting position even without your command. You can use this as an opportunity to positively re-enforce the command”sit.” As the dog is all ready sitting you can tell him/her “good boy! Sit, that is a good sit!” (pet or give him a treat).
Now lets talk a little about handling the not so good behavior. I know that this can be the most challenging part of training a dog. Let me point out the most important thing you have to remember when it comes to dealing with bad behavior. IF YOU DON’T CATCH YOUR DOG IN THE ACT there is no chance for learning or correcting the behavior. If you do catch your dog in the act of say chewing on your brand new dinning room table, (which has happened to me), you must first control your emotions. Then firmly say,”NO!” and re-direct them to what they are aloud to chew on. Now comes the really hard part… praise them for chewing on the correct chew toy. Keep your rage for that Saturday morning kick boxing class.
So, remember “Good Dog!” Obedience Training. Is the best and fastest way to train your dog. And you will be rewarded as you develop confidence in your dog and your relationship with your dog. An unbeatable combination for a long lasting rewarding companionship.
Happy training, thanks for reading.
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