Dogs do not have the same ability to think as humans do, therefore you should not try to treat your dog as an intellectual equal. You will be greatly disappointed if you think that they can. You should put effort into learning about dog training, just as you expect your dog to do.
It is a good idea to get the whole family involved with the training of a new dog or puppy. While they may have a single person working with them regularly, getting everyone involved can enforce that they must always follow the rules and it will make it more consistent.
Puppy proof your house to prevent cherished possessions from becoming your puppy's favorite chew toy. Remove items, such as shoes, from the area where you keep your puppy. Many pet stores sell a bitter tasting spray that you can use to keep your puppy from chewing on electrical cords. Remember that most puppies will grow out of this stage.
Accidents will happen when a puppy is being potty trained. If your puppy has an accident, clean it up straight away. If you don't clean accidents up quickly, your pet may smell the mess and eliminate in the same spot again. Your local animal store may have numerous products to help eliminate this.
Something you could do is put a toy in the dog's mouth and keep it there. Every time he successfully holds onto the toy with his mouth, hit the clicker and proceed by giving him a treat. After a few tries you should allow the dog to pick up the toy on his own. Once he has performed, do your click and then give him a reward. Then move on to only rewarding him for holding the toy or object in his mouth.
Dog-proof your home if you know that your dog is prone to chewing and biting everything in sight when the family is out. If you don't want to crate your dog, you will have to act as if there is a baby in the house and remove access to those things that your dog may get into when you're gone.
Use the dog's name often when training to ensure that you have their attention. By using his name all the time in the first month of having our dog, he should associate his name with focusing on you. Pick a name that is distinguished and no longer than two syllables.
Dogs only have the ability to focus on one thing at a time. After you repeat these cues enough, your dog will learn to focus on you, primarily, as he or she waits for signals.
Gradually allow your dog more freedom. A new dog has to earn his freedom around the house. Otherwise, expect housetraining problems and chewing that causes damage, especially with puppies. Close off doors, or use gates to section off rooms or parts of the house. Over time, as they are house broken and learn to listen to commands, allow them more freedom.
It is dangerous to put more than one dog together in a close space. The restraints for each dog can become tangled and in an effort to free themselves, they can be injured. If a large dog becomes tangled with a smaller one they could wrap up to the point the airway of the latter is closed off and the dog would die.
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