We often think of dogs (at any age) as our own kids; thus, we strive to make them grow healthy—armed with different skills and tricks. Some even train their dogs to win dog shows or become an asset in their careers. No matter how lucrative your ambitions are, always assess if your dog is enjoying the goals you set for him.
Achieving great things can become a bad thing if your dog is always under extreme pressure. For those who just want to raise a healthy, happy, and well-balanced dog, these eight skills will definitely benefit your dogs throughout their lives.
It won’t take an arm and a leg to successfully train your dog to relieve himself in appropriate places. If you start with a young pup, the success rate is even higher. Use praise and reward system. Consistency is the key, even if it means bringing the dog outside every three hours.
- Responding when called
This is one of the basic and most important things to teach your dog. This is not only for your convenience. A good recall and responding immediately when called can save your dog’s life for potential harm.
Not all breeds enjoy being exposed to other dogs and strangers. You may need to amped your training skills for other difficult-to-train breeds. Take your dogs to places where he can meet all sorts of people, children, and animals.
- Being confident alone
A dog who doesn’t feel secure when alone will exhibits signs of anxiety, such as destructive chewing, barking, and relieving himself inside the house. Start crate training the moment you bring a puppy home. This way, you can stop worrying whenever you leave the house.
- Not chewing on household objects
Puppies and even older dogs just love to chew on almost anything they can find. When you train your dog to only chew approved items (toys, chew bones, etc.), it will give them freedom to roam around the house without causing destruction.
- Anxiety-free car rides
Traveling with your dog is inevitable, aside from routine vet visits, they’re the best companion in a summer getaway. But most dogs are not comfortable riding cars. Crating at an early age will make traveling easier for them.
- Baths and grooming
It can be so frustrating to bathe dogs, not to mention clipping their nails and brushing their teeth. While it’s fine to hire professional groomers to do the job, your dog must be trained not to resist basic hygiene and care. Use positive reinforcement until they become comfortable that they no longer run and hide whenever they see you holding a brush or clippers.
Never feed your dog from the table, no matter how much they beg, bark, or jump during dinnertime. Giving them treats from your meal while on the couch is also a no-no. Your dog should be fed on his bowl at all times. Aside from letting you enjoy a peaceful meal, this will teach your dog not to jump on people while they’re eating.
So these are the 8 important lessons you can teach your dog. I hope you can implement the lessons on your dog with positive results!