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Tips for training a dog or puppy

Photos logoPhotos 8/10/2019

Got a dog and don’t know how to train them? Of course, you can always hire a professional trainer, but here are some basic and easy-to-follow tips that'll help make your dog obedient and also help you build a great relationship with them.

© Juliya Shangarey/Shutterstock The initial training should be conducted at a place away from distractions. The best place would be a quiet room in your house.

© Sanjagrujic/Getty Images It is important for the dog to recognize its name. Teach it to come to you when the name is called. You can use encouraging reinforcements and make it look big when it follows the command, which will also help learn it.

© Purple Collar Pet Photography/Getty Images Too much in a day’s time is not good! Take intervals between training sessions and don’t let the dog be overwhelmed with many instructions at once.

© SDI Productions/Getty Images Let your dog know when he’s doing it right by offering him treats and praises. This will encourage him to behave well.

© Andrei310/Getty Images It is always good to mark the territories in your house which are restricted for the dog. These rules should be set from the first day itself, so that it doesn’t become confusing for the dog later on.

© Skynesher/Getty Images Be consistent in the training you give to the dog to avoid any confusion. Your family members should also be involved and respect the boundaries set for your pet.

© Wedding and lifestyle/Shutterstock In order for your dog to understand the basic commands like “sit,” “come,” “down,” “stay” and “leave it,” you can say the command once and then show it how it’s done. Using these commands regularly will help your dog get accustomed to them sooner.

© Willowpix/Getty Images Patience and perseverance are very important when it comes to training a dog. If either of them is thinning, walk away for a while and do your own thing. Start fresh later when your mind is clear.

© S. Ellzey/Shutterstock Understand what your dog is trying to communicate to you and respect that. It might not be comfortable meeting other canines or person and you shouldn’t press it. Rather walk away to avoid bigger problems.

© Virgmos/Getty Images A puppy might jump out of excitement when it sees the master return home. Don’t pet or praise this behavior, rather ignore until it settles down. If not curbed at the start, the behavior, though natural for the animal, can be dangerous or a nuisance when the dog is a full-grown adult.

© HelloRF Zcool/Shutterstock Finish the training with something that the dog already knows well, so that it ends on a positive note. Also, some petting and treats will make the dog curious for his next session.

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