The Secret To Having Well Trained Dogs
Dogs can be a source of great companionship and entertainment or they can be a source of nuisance and destruction. Those that have taken the time to train their dogs, or seek a professional dog trainer if the challenge is too great on their own, can enjoy the benefits of having well trained dogs as valued members of their family. Of course, dog training takes time and devotion, but many have discovered that rescuing an adult dog, instead of starting with a puppy from a breeder or pet store, is a much easier way to integrate a new dog into the family. When bringing home a rescued dog, it’s important to remember that they may be nervous, as their life most likely wasn’t always filled with loving people. They may have been lost and homeless or even abandoned by a previous owner. It may take some time for them to feel comfortable in their new surroundings.
If planning to crate train a new dog, it’s usually suggested to have the crate set up prior to the dog’s arrival. Let them learn that their crate is a safe place where they won’t be disturbed. This can help with some of the nervousness they may initially feel. Always remember that consistency is the key to training a new dog. Most dogs aim to please their owners, but they need a clear understanding of what’s expected. By following a schedule, most will learn quickly. By keeping them crated when not directly supervised can avoid bad habits from forming, as well as prevent housebreaking issues. Activity is another important step in a well behaved dog. Long walks, hikes in the woods, visits to the dog park and chasing balls in the backyard all help to keep a dog physically and mentally stimulated. It’s always said that a “tired dog is a well-behaved dog,” and that is very true.
Using a dog crate when necessary, consistent schedules, and a lot of physical activity will help avoid nuisance behavior in most dogs. A particularly difficult situation may need a professional trainer’s assistance, but with patience and consistency almost any problem can be solved. A well behaved dog is a happy dog and a happy member of their family.