You love the dog and your stuff, but your dog doesn’t love your stuff. Regrettably, your dog probably does not share the same appreciation and respect for material possessions of yours that you do, seeing everything instead as a chew toy. This guide will give you tips on how to keep your dog from chewing the things that you own.
Prepare to administer lessons to your dog repeatedly. Most dogs will not pick up a new command with just one or two tries. Sometimes it is helpful to focus on one or two commands a day so that through your sessions you are repeating enough times to fix the commands solidly in your dog’s memory.
When interacting with other dogs, expect a calm, sedate attitude from your pet before letting them go loose. By establishing a calm demeanor in your pet, you will cause a ripple effect through the other animals as well as teaching your dog that you control the environment. This will make it easier to withdraw your dog when it is time to go as well.
Housebreaking a dog takes time. The key is to be consistent when teaching him where it’s not acceptable for him to relieve himself and consistent in the message that you send as to where you expect him to go. This may be on a pad inside the house, on a lead when you take him outside or running free in a fenced yard.
While training your dog, observe his body language and general behavior closely. Look for signs of enthusiasm. Is his tail wagging? Does he follow you around? This shows he’s ready to learn. If you see your dog is scared, bored or nervous, stop what you are doing and reevaluate.
To teach your dog to sit, gently push down on his behind as you give the verbal command “Sit!” and make a hand gesture with your palm facing down. Each time your dog sits successfully, even if you have to help him out, give him a treat and praise him. It is important that your dog know how to sit so that you can build on this command and eventually teach him to “Stay!”
When training your new dog, you call them by name as much as possible. Early in your dog ownership, you should use your dog’s name several times a day, so he starts to understand that you want his attention. A short name which sounds distinct from many other words is preferable.
If you aren’t having success training your dog on your own, hiring a trainer can help. Trainers are specially qualified to work with difficult dogs, and find easy ways to modify troublesome behavior. Many a dog has been able to remain with his family because of the help of competent trainers.
Expect mistakes and setbacks when housebreaking a puppy. Your training will go more smoothly if you always clean up accidents right away. If the accident is left behind, the smell will make your pet think it’s okay to eliminate in that spot. It will be difficult to discourage his eliminating in that spot once a habit is formed. There are many products on the market that can help with this, so check with your local pet shop.
Allowing your new dog gradual access to all areas of your home will greatly aid you in training and will spare damage to couches, shoes and floors. As your dog learns not to do things like jump, scratch, and chew, open more doors to him. Many make the mistake of allowing full reign of all rooms, which really just offers the dog more opportunity to do the wrong thing.
Be aware of the other dogs when taking yours for a walk. Some dogs are more aggressive by nature and it is wrong to assume that it is the result of the owner. If you see a dog that seems to be unsociable or defensive, you must avoid it.
Keep some of your dog’s favorite treats with you when you are training him to obey a new command. Dogs thrive on positive reinforcement. When you have his treat on hand, you can reward him as soon as he successfully obeys this new command. Before long, he will be able to respond to this command efficiently.
As with most things, and this goes with dog training as well, don’t ever give up. Frequent reinforcement is the only way to help your pet maintain new behaviors and actions. You always need to keep training your dog, just like you need to continue feeding it and providing it shelter.
Your punishments should never be too strict. If your dog is overly excited, take a time out and let him cool his jets before continuing with your task. A time out goes a long way in helping a dog focus, especially if it’s taken in a quiet area away from whatever has distracted him.
Make sure you listen to your dog. What is he telling you? Your dog’s behavior will often give you a window into his mind. Destructive dogs are often bored or anxious. Anxious dogs may act inconsistently with strangers. No matter the trouble, your dog is telling you how he feels when he behaves in situations.
Make sure you dog proof your home to reduce chewing or destructive behavior while you are away. Young dogs or bored dogs may chew when left alone just to have something to do. Take the time to close interior doors and put away items dogs like to chew before you leave to limit the opportunities for chewing while you are gone.
Be consistent. It is going to take a lot of work to train your dog. And if you aren’t consistent, you can undo all the work that you did in the first place. You have to teach your dog the way to behave, and that is true whether you feel great or whether you’re busy, stressed or sick. Consistent behavior from you leads to consistent behavior from your dog.
In summary, you have to prevent your dog from negative behavior. This stops the dog from getting sick and will keep you from getting frustrated and annoyed. Use these tips to train your dog properly and to cease their chewing.