Dogs add a lot of excitement to your home, but they can also be a challenge, especially if you’ve never owned a dog before. One challenge that you will encounter is training. To some dogs, training comes naturally, but for others, it may take some time and patience. If you’re finding that training your new pup is a little more than you bargained for, Off-Leash K9 Huntsville can help! We offer a variety of dog training classes ranging from puppy training to more advanced training courses. We even offer board and train where you can drop off your dog and when you return you will find a well-behaved member of the family. If you’re interested in learning more about our classes, contact Off-Leash K9 Huntsville to get started today! In the meantime, continue reading below where we provide you with a few training tips for new pet owners.

Listen to Your Dog

One important step of successful training is to listen to your dog. Each pup has a very unique personality, and if you listen, you will be able to distinguish certain behaviors that indicate how your dog is feeling. For example, your dog may bark or paw at the door to tell you that they need to go outside or your furball may bark and wag his or her tail when they want to play.

Be Realistic

Training your dog is not instantaneous. You can’t teach them to sit for the first time one day and expect them to perform it flawlessly the very next day. Training takes time and patience, and most of all, you have to be realistic about what you can expect from your new pup. It will take time before your dog will be able to perform a trick on command the very first time. During that time, it’s important that you don’t get frustrated or upset because training isn’t going as quickly as you had hoped.

Develop a Routine

We all have our routines that give our lives structure, and your dog is no different. Dogs like to have a routine that they can rely on, whether it be what time they get fed every day or when they go for a walk. Setting up a routine will give your new pooch the structure he or she needs. That being said, if you do decide to establish a daily routine, it’s important that you make it consistent.

Treats Aren’t the Only Reward

When you think about rewarding your dog for good behavior, your mind probably goes to treats. However, treating your pup is not the only way that you can reward them for good behavior. Dogs appreciate being told when they do something good, but rewarding with food every time may result in an unhealthy food obsession. There are many ways that you can show appreciation for a job well done, including praise, petting, and even some belly scratches.

Give Them Lots of Affection

Training can be frustrating, but it’s important to not get stuck on the negatives. Take the time to give your pup the affection and attention they need. Go for walks, snuggle on the couch, or even take the time to groom your dog’s coat. Spending some time having fun will not only help you bond with your new pup, but it will also help you feel more positive about being a pet owner.

Interested in more training tips? Visit Off-Leash K9 Huntsville to find more tips and tricks, and if you want to learn more or sign up for one of our dog training classes, contact us today to get started!

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