10 Dog Training Tips to Stop Bad Behaviour
Trying to break a bad doggy habit? Get your pup on the right page by taking some basic tips on how to train your dog.
1. Who’s the Boss?
Let your pet know who the boss is from the start. Establish the rules and follow them consistently.
2. Avoid the Wrong Situations
If your pet demonstrates poor behavior in certain situations or environments, avoid those situations as much as possible.
3. Mind Your Dog
If you keep a close eye on your pet, you’ll quickly learn what it needs to be comfortable and cared for.
4. Confine Your New Pets
When you get a new pet, make sure you supervise it closely during training and restrict its access to a small area of your home until properly trained.
5. Reward Good Behaviour
Encourage and reward good behavior.
6. Provide an Alternative
Correct bad behaviors by providing your pet with alternatives (e.g., swap a toy for your favourite tennis shoes or a chew stick in lieu of a table leg).
7. Use Positive Reinforcement
Positive reinforcement is good. Never reprimand your pet physically or force it to follow your commands, as this may lead to fear and aggression.
9. Socialize Gradually
Slowly socialize your puppy exposing it to other people, animals and environments so that over time, it becomes comfortable with its living situation.
10. If All Else Fails, See an Expert
If your pet continues to demonstrate serious behaviour problems, seek the counsel of your vet or a veterinary behaviorist.