Like, little children, dogs are often spoiled and often become too misbehaving or exuberant when dealing with other dogs or humans. Knowing that biting and other unwanted behavior can be scary and potentially dangerous, you must curb your dog’s behaviors when they are young.
In fact, the earlier you train your dog and make those anti-greeting behaviors clear, the better off you and you both will be.
You and your dog will be much happier once he knows how to interact properly with you, your family, and other pets.
Socializing Your Puppy Early
Socializing your puppy is one of the best and most important ways to get started in the training process.
Unless you completely understand why socializing is so important, you won’t be able to enjoy the companionship of a well-behaved dog.
Even if you have an older dog who has taken the Basics, it is never too late for a refresher course.
Always remember that dogs are pack animals, and your dog will be happiest when he realizes that he is a part of your pack.
You will need to become the pack leader to get your dog to respect and obey you.
Anti- begging at mealtime
Giving your dog his meal on a set schedule helps him develop a pattern that will give you a good idea of when he’ll need to relieve himself.
No free feeding
Be sure to set his food intake control at scheduled meal times.
It’s never too late to teach old dogs new tricks… – At least, it’s never too late to start applying some of the obedience commands you’ve taught him.
A few simple ways to start training your dog
Before you begin any training regimen, you need to be certain of what you will be training him to do. Use a clear, concise two or three-word phrase as a signal to initiate.
For example, “Sit! Sit! Sit!” It would be best if you kept your voice tone consistent so that he can learn the meaning of the specific phrase.
Don’t move on to a different command until he’s mastered the first one
Mention the earlier commands to him so he won’t think that you are trying to confuse him. Once he’s got the idea of what you are trying to teach him, you can move on to the next step.
Teach your dog to “Come”!
One of the most frustrating things about dog training is having a dog (or any other animal) that won’t come to you when called.
This can be a big problem. This is what the “come” command is for.
Start in a safe place like a fenced yard. This works really well for this.
Have him on a leash, and when he’s not paying attention, pull the leash toward you. When he comes, give him a treat and praise him.
Then make sure he understands that there is a reward for coming and other consequences for ignoring.
This can be a little tricky making sure he comes to you, and that he understands that “come” means “come over here and pay attention to me”.
The goal is to get him to think about the “other” thing that happens when he ignores you, and then over time he’ll start paying attention to you whenever he sees you do this stuff.
Another way to get him to come is a little more complicated.
Use a treat that your dog really wants, but you don’t want him to devour it.
Stretch the far end of the treat out nearby, far enough that he has to stand and move his head to see it.
Now, you’ve got his attention. Start backing away, calling his name.
When he comes to you, reward him, praise him, etc. You’ve basically isolated the behavior that you want, reward it, and now he’ll start doing it more often.
Repeating this is a great way to strengthen the behavior, with the strong caveat you need to make sure he doesn’t overdo it.
If he gets too far from you, call him back. This is what it’s all about. The rewards shouldn’t be too numerous (many trainers recommend no more than five or six at once), and they shouldn’t be something he doesn’t want.