Dog Training 101 Ultimate guide
Dog training should be started as soon as possible, especially if you have a young puppy. That is not to say that older dogs will not require immediate training because they will!
If you are serious about owning a dog, then you need to ensure that you cover all the basic dog needs.
No two dogs are the same, just like no two humans are the same. Some dogs will take a lot less training than others. As to where some might need A LOT of training.
Owning a dog can be very enjoyable or a total nightmare… It will all depend on how you choose to raise them!
People tend to freak out a little bit when someone mentions dog training, but it’s understandable. It can be overwhelming, especially if you are a first-time dog owner.
Training a dog takes a lot of work in most cases and the end result is well worth the effort.
Training a dog is a lot less stressful when you have a blueprint aka a step by step guide.
I will lay the foundation for you, and you can decide if you want to implement the guide! Best of luck!
1. Puppy Potty Training
Getting a new puppy is very exciting indeed! Unfortunately, people do not realize that it is not all fun and games. It takes A LOT of work to raise a puppy!
Puppies are the equivalent of a new born baby, no joke!
You will quickly discover that there is a tad bit more to taking care of a puppy other than naps and playing…
Never the Less let’s jump into How To Potty Train A Puppy!
House training your puppy (also known as housebreaking) should be your first priority. The longer you put it off the harder it will to break them from pottying inside the home!
2. Puppy Biting
Puppy teeth are sharp they remind me of little razor blades! Yes, they will use them on you! Especially when they are teething!
Not to mention that biting is the primary way that a puppy interacts with the world.
Dog owners fail to understand that puppy biting and nipping is something that comes to them naturally. It is their primary way to interact with the world around them. Sometimes you get bit, but that doesn’t mean they are doing it to be mean.
Training a puppy not to bite takes weeks, it is not something that you can just make them stop doing overnight. There are actual reasons behind why they are biting and steps you can take to address it.
It starts out cute and funny until they reach adulthood…That’s when you will have a serious problem to deal with.
3. Dog Chewing
Dogs chew for many reasons, quite frankly it is one of their favorite past times! Puppy chewing, and adult dog chewing are two quite different things, and need to be addressed in different ways.
If you have a puppy and follow the how to stop puppy biting guide, then you should be all set.
If you fail to stop your puppy from biting it could lead to destructive chewing later on… and trust me that is the last thing you want to happen.
Destructive chewing is one of the major reasons why people get rid of their dogs! I for one do not want that to happen, like I said prior dogs love to chew! It is a natural habit that they all do!
As the dog owner It is up to you to teach them what they can and cannot chew on.
Do not wait until your dog has destroyed 100’s or even 1000’s of dollars’ worth of items or worst of all your home!
4. Dog Jumping
Some dogs get a little bit too enthusiastic and jump up on their owners or even strangers!
So many people think this as cute when they are a puppy… But don’t realize this can become a problem very quickly especially when their dog reaches adult hood and weighs over 60lbs!
Just imagine your little sweet puppy growing up into a 60lb dog jumping up on you! It is probably not going to end pretty.
It’s not their fault, I mean think about it for a moment. We have bred them to be that way. We are the ones that first bred dogs to work for us… that mentality is still in their DNA to this very day.
There are very specific ways to handle dog jumping, especially if you have a HIGH energy dog.
You should never allow your dog to jump up! The last think you want to happen is for your dog to get excited jump on someone and knock them down. You could be paying fines, hospital bills and get caught up in a lawsuit really quick.
5. Dog Pulling
First thing is first, why do dogs pull? Well they pull for a number of reasons… Some pull because they smell something interesting in the air where others pull because they see something of interest.
Dogs are essentially wild animals that we have domesticated over hundreds of years. They are still going to have their wild traits about them, especially when they get in their natural habitat “The great outdoors”.
They will become eager to explore and forget all their prior training especially if they didn’t receive adequate training.
The end result is you being dragged by your four-legged furry friend “depending on their breed”. Good luck trying to control a dog over 60lbs…
Don’t wait until your wife or kids decide to try and walk the family dog and get hurt doing so. Because it is not the dogs fault, it is yours. As a dog owner it is your responsibility to teach your dog how to behave.
6. Dog Barking
So many people struggle with barking dogs, but so few actually take the time to understand why their dog is barking in the first place.
It is crucial that you do not dismiss why your dog is actually barking! If you want to resolve your dogs barking issue, you have to know what is triggering it… There is no skipping past this step.
There are many reasons for why a dog is barking, it could be something as simple as an unfamiliar sound or some other reason.
Dog barking isn’t as black and white as people might think. There are many underlining reasons for why a dog barks. Some of those reasons could be due to anxiety, which is a whole other ball game.
7. Dog Separation Anxiety
Yes, dogs can have anxiety too…Just like their human counterpart. I for one did not know this was possible until my dog experienced firsthand. Separation Anxiety can be extremely hard on your dog. It affects dogs in many of the same ways it affects humans.
Dogs can’t talk, so it’s extremely difficult for us to help them if we don’t know what is causing the anxiety in the first place.
How do you know if your dog has separation anxiety?
The most common trait is when your dog follows you around everywhere! I mean EVERYWHERE. Your dog will not be able to handle you leaving their sight.
There are many symptoms that come with dog separation anxiety, excessive barking, whining and pacing to name a few.
Separation anxiety can be very difficult to pinpoint, needless to say there is A LOT of room for ERROR
Dog anxiety is very dangerous and can lead to your dog harming themselves or destroying your home. Don’t wait until its to late… Your dog deserves better!
8. Dog Aggression
Dog aggression is one of the behaviors that REQUIRE training no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
If you have an aggressive dog, then you MUST seek out professional help. There are so many reasons why dogs become aggressive. Sometimes what we might view as aggression could be false aggression.
Dog aggression is one of the hardest dog behaviors to figure out because there are so many triggers that might set your dog off.
Just to name a few….
- They are afraid
- Over Protective
- Overly excited
There are many other reasons…
It is EXTREMELY important that you know what your dog is truly feeling inside and what they are trying to accomplish with there aggression.
Don’t wait until it’s too late, the last thing you want to happen is for your dog to harm someone or another dog. Dog aggression is very dangerous and needs treated ASAP!
9. Dog Digging
No one likes a digging dog! If they did, they would have chosen a gopher as a pet not a dog. All jokes aside dog digging is a very destructive behavior that needs dealt with immediately.
Your dog could be digging for a number of reasons, they could just be bored, or they could have separation anxiety. There are numerous reasons why a dog might be digging.
Some dog breeds are more susceptible to digging than others. Such as Terrier breeds… since these specific breeds were bred to hunt and track.
That is NOT to say that other breeds will not dig because they WILL! Like I said before dogs dig for a wide variety of reasons.
Don’t wait for your dog to turn your yard into a moonscape with craters everywhere! Your dog isn’t digging out of spite or a desire to destroy your yard… They are doing it because they are lacking something important in their daily life. Digging can cost a homeowner 1000’s DO NOT be the statistic!
Hopefully the training tips I covered in the article were enough to get you started on solving your dog’s behavioral problem.
If you feel like you need further guidance, with clear step by step instructions.
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If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment!
Have a great day and good luck!