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More Cute Pup, Less Hound Dog: How to Train Your Dog in 7 Easy Ways

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Dog lovers turned dog parents would be aghast at any complaints or raised eyebrows in the direction of their beloved pet and cute pup. Yes, we know your dog is the apple of your eye and can do absolutely no wrong! But let’s face it, dogs are buzzing balls of energy that need to be disciplined like any other pet.

They’re adorable, cuddly, and loyal to a fault, and their mischief-making tendencies can only be attributed to their need to constantly be with their best human buddy. If your dog has been with you for a while, chances are they’re always on their best behavior. Read on to find some helpful tips and tricks to train your new mutt.

What’s in a name?

Apparently, everything. Believe it or not, some names are better when it comes to a dog’s inclination towards being disciplined.

Enunciating their name clearly, and stressing especially on that last syllable enables dogs to be more receptive to any instructions that follow. Names that are best suited to the purpose include Rover, Max, and Bailey.

Important to consider here is whether or not your dog is an older one. An older dog might have had a previous home, which means they already have a deep association with their current given name.

If your dog has been abused, however, you should encourage yourself to change it, no questions asked. Dogs are highly adaptable creatures, and it is your responsibility as their new owner to make sure they’re out of the trauma they’ve sadly endured.

Help them relax

If your dog is a newly-adopted pup, you need to make sure their transition to a new life is more than comfortable.

They are very likely to be nervous in new surroundings, and one way in which you can ease their anxiety is by recreating a similar space at home.

Because your pup was living with other pups at the pound, what you must do initially is introduce a small ticking clock along with a hot-water bottle and place it near their bed. Doing so will emulate the body heat and soft heartbeats of the friends they’ve left behind.

X marks the spot

Before your precious Spot goes bonkers marking many an X all over the house, make sure they know their limits.

Of course, a great starting point for this would be to give them their own space. Not only will such a set-up prove to be a source of great comfort, it will serve as Step 1 in trying to make them understand boundaries better.

At the end of the day, just like us, dogs need some serious downtime too. Consider reinforcing their positive behavior by rewarding them and giving them yummy treats.

Teach them to sit

Once your dog starts getting comfortable at home, teach them to obey voice commands. It is advisable that the first one they learn is “sit”.

One reason for this is that sitting as an action comes naturally to dogs, and by prompting them into doing so using the command will help set the tone for your relationship with them.

Additionally, it sets the stage for you to train them using an array of other voice commands, inclusive of but not limited to “stay”, “roll over”, and “play dead”.

Reward them

Needless to say, this goes a long way. Do you remember the time you weren’t considered for that big promotion even though you worked like a dog? No pun intended. The point is, everyone needs to rewarded time and again to boost morale and sustain motivation levels.

Similarly, in the context of your dog, good behavior must not go unnoticed or unacknowledged. One way of conditioning your pet to act or behave in a positive way is to reward them when they do something you approve of.

Keep some treats on hand and shower them with all the love they deserve!

Discourage jumping

As mentioned, dogs are super energetic beings. Judging by how sad they can get when you leave them in the morning to go about your business, it’s not surprising in the least when they jump on you as soon as you return.

While this means they’re excited to see you and do this with utmost love, it can lead to them jumping at strangers and/or any visitors you might have.

Using your words to reprimand them will get you nowhere. Instead, discourage this behavior by turning your back to them the next time they jump. Stay that way till they settle down; they will once they realize you’re not giving them any reaction to work with.

Pretend to be hurt when they bite you

Some dogs have a tendency to bite and chew on anything and everything. Their favorite targets can range from your shoes to the pants you’re wearing, and everything in between.

First off, if it’s you and your loved ones your dog is biting, feign being hurt and you’ll notice your dog will stop immediately. Do this by making a pained expression or howl/yell in pain.

In order to distract them from chewing objects around the house, invest in some chew toys or get them a bone. They’ll love you for buying them their own set of toys and will no longer ruin your personal belongings.

While dogs can be a handful, they’re also a source of great joy and comfort. They don’t ask for much and give without taking. Because they are ever-ready to show you how much they love you, they tend to become a little unruly.

They’re ultimately your best friend and you know you couldn’t spend a single day without them by your side. So keep these tips close, and your pooch closer.