If you have just gotten a dog for the first time, you may have no clue exactly as to where to start in teaching him proper behavior. You can listen to the advice of friends, read lots of books and even look things up on the Internet, but you may find conflicting information on some things that work and some that do not. The fact is, every dog is different and not every training method is effective with every dog. There are however some basic dog training tips to help you that seem to work for the majority of dog owners.
One of the basics that many people seem to be able to agree on is crate training. A crate gives your dog a space of his own to call home. This becomes his safety zone, and he knows it belongs to him. Do not use the crate as a punishment tool. Having the dog in his crate when you are at home is important as well. It will get him used to being comfortable in that spot for the times when you are not at home.
Crate training can help you in several ways. It can help make house breaking issues much better. The dog will not relieve himself in the crate if he knows it is his home. It can also help reduce anxiety for your pet. He knows that it is his safe place and will be happy there when you are not at home or in bed at night.
Leash training is something else both you and your dog need to learn. Many people have problems getting to walk the dog properly on a leash. They get dragged along by the dog or they cannot get the dog to move at all when the leash is on. Both of these issues can be addressed with some training.
When you first put the leash on your dog, you want to make sure he is in a controlled state and not in a complete frenzy, jumping and running around. Have him sit while you put the leash on. When he is controlled, he is more likely to listen to your commands throughout the walk.
If your dog is pulling you every time you are walking, have him sit and make him wait by your side. Keep him and yourself there until you are ready to start walking again. The dog will learn that by pulling, the walk will end and he will have to sit. This will help to eliminate the pulling and keep him by your side.
There are many other tips that you can pick up through books, online or by talking to local breeders and trainers. There are also classes that you can enroll in to help you learn the proper methods in dog training. With a trained dog in your household, you will find that your pet is much more pleasant, easy to deal with and eager to please you and have fun with you.