Tips for Doggie Tricks

by Geraldine Dimarco
Most people would agree that dogs are a man’s best friend. So why doesn’t every animal lover who want one adopt one? Because training them seems too tedious a chore. Luckily, there are some simple tricks that you can do to get you on your way to a having a more enjoyable experience with your dog.

Before anything else, make sure your dog knows who’s the boss. His animal instincts will follow you better as soon as he acknowledges this fact. You can do this with simple everyday things. When you’re eating, don’t feed him yet. Let him see you eating and then allow him to have his meal. If he is blocking your path, don’t step over him or go around him, push him gently to make room for you. You are his superior and the sooner he understands this, the easier the teaching process will be.

Dogs are sensitive to their handler’s emotions so you cannot show timidity or fear. Your voice should be firm and strong voice in delivering doggie commands. However, remember that dogs are especially receptive to positive reinforcement. Hand him treats each time he does something right. Be lavish in your praises to him. If he misses an order, correct him then and there, not after. Training sessions should go for ten to fifteen minutes, done a few times a day.

As you may have observed, dogs have behavioral patterns that reflect their current mood. They wag their tails, look to you with open trusting eyes, and sound off a pleased woof when they are happy. Inversely, they stiffen and growl while baring their teeth when angry. Gauging your dog’s disposition will aid you in training him as you learn how to respond effectively with his moods.

Be patient in teaching your dogs new tricks. Ideally you start as early as six weeks but even older dogs can still learn. You will encounter some difficulty at first but remain calm and patient. Consistency will win out and he will learn sooner or later. Do not change your training patterns or schedule. Dogs get confused easily and you might lose ground if that happens.

Train your dogs in a place with no distractions. A playful butterfly or whizzing car will distract him from your lessons. You will find it difficult to get his attention then. A peaceful backyard or any indoor area will be satisfactory.

Most importantly, remember why you got your pet in the first place. Have fun! Training can be tedious and when that happens, just take a break to play and have a romp around the backyard with him. Dogs are special because they have a special ability to take your mind off pressing details and lavish you with love however bad you look or smell. The best dogs are not only those that are trained but those that make for a faithful and constant friend.

About the Author:
Geraldine Dimarco is an avid fan of the animal kingdom. Find out more about insider secrets your pet will want you to know.