Whether you have a brand new puppy, you want to teach your dog new habits and trick, dog training can be a challenge. Whatever your reason for starting canine training, these five tools will help you reach the results you expect:
1. Puppy Pads – Housebreaking should start as early as possible, and puppy pads will save you countless cleaning bills while they’re still learning the word “no.” There are bigger versions for older dogs, too, if you’ve just brought a new friend home from a shelter. Their age doesn’t really matter as much as your patience and preparedness. Puppy pads will help them know where to go in the house if you don’t take them outside in time, and it keeps the mess in the house to a minimum.
2. Electronic Collar – It’s hard to deny the efficacy of a shock collar, but if you have ethical objections to the practice, e-collars will work just as well. You can buy models that start vibrating if they wander out of the yard, models that will emit high-pitched noises if they start to bark and more. These brands won’t cause any pain at all, just discomfort and distraction until the unwanted behavior stops.
3. Leash – It may sound obvious to experienced dog owners, but many first-timers don’t realize the importance of having a good leash. It should be something suitable for your dog’s size, strength and breed, long enough for freedom but short enough to keep them controlled in the case of a passing squirrel. Dog harnesses can also help if your dog is still learning to tolerate being tethered or if they are already strong and large. Harnesses help you control the dog much easier than a simple leash hooked to their collar.
4. No-Chew Sprays – If you’re tired of losing books, bags and shoes to your canine’s chewing habits, invest in a quality no-chew spray that can be applied to all your personal belongings. They won’t hurt your dog at all. they’ll just give then an unpleasant taste when they go to gnaw on their favorite furniture. Most no-chew sprays are safe for pets and children alike, made up of natural products that are unpleasant to the dog, but might even smell good to you.
5. Treats – If you want your dog to enjoy being obedient and calm, keep your kitchen well-stocked with all their favorites goodies. Study after study has shown that positive reinforcement works better than negative consequences, so instead of punishing him for what he does wrong, praise him for what he does right. This will naturally correct his behavior in his ongoing, ingrained effort to be a very obedient. Dogs typically want to please you, so reinforcing their good habits with treats is very effective.
These are just a few essentials in training your dog. Whether he’s a frisky puppy or an old soul about to learn some new tricks, the right tools will help you get the job done every time.