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1. Attend obedience classes:
Attending obedience classes is important for both you and your dog. What comes as a surprise to many is that the classes should be less about teaching the dog and more about teaching the handler, or the owner. Although some perceive obedience classes as wasteful or cruel, they are important for a number of reasons.
Read more: Importance of Obedience Training
2. Use positive reinforcement to reward good behavior:
Dogs do not respond well to punishment so its especially crucial that you consistently reward your dog with positive reinforcement each time he does something good. Immediately after he goes to the bathroom outside, congratulate him. Immediately after he sits when you tell him to, congratulate him. And any other time he does something or stops doing something you asked him to, immediately congratulate him.
Read more: The Do’s and Dont’s of Positive Reinforcement
4. Be consistent:
Provide consistent positive reinforcement. Avoid yelling or screaming. Handle situations in a consistent manner so that over time your dog will be able to understand you. He won’t have an easy time understanding you if you are not consistent with your method of training.
5. Develop and maintain a routine:
Developing a routine with your dog is key to maintaining an obedient and stress-free dog. Develop a bathroom and feeding schedule. Develop an exercise schedule. If you need help from a friend or family member to help you maintain your dogs routine then ask for it! Maintaining a daily routine will make your dog feel more relaxed and secure.
6. Maintain your composer:
Take a deep breath. As long as no one is hurt and the house is not on fire, relax. We know how hard it is to remain calm after your favorite shoes were destroyed but yelling won’t do any good. If you don’t notice your dog has done something bad until after the fact, and you yell at him, he likely won’t know why you’re yelling. On the other hand, if you catch him in the act, then it would be a good time to step in but maintain your composer when you do.
According to dog whisper, Ceasar Milan, “To establish yourself as the pack leader, you must always project a calm, assertive energy. This natural balance (calm, assertive leadership with calm, submissive behavior) nurtures stability and creates a balanced, centered, and happy dog.”
Read more: How To Be Calm and Assertive
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