An effective training program translates to a happy pet and an equally happy pet owner. If your dog is trained well, then you should both know what is to be expected of the other. You will not have to worry about leaving him home along or taking him to public places. It might take some effort, but teaching your dog tricks and manners is an important investment in everyone’s happiness.

Make sure to get everyone involved in training. If you are the only member of the family working with Fido’s behavior, then the other members of the family are giving him mixed signals. Consistency is extremely important in dog training. Also make sure that everyone is using the same key words and rewards so that the behavior will be reinforced correctly. Off and down are two different things to a dog, so make sure you aren’t confusing him.

At a very young age, puppies are able to learn simple commands. If your puppy is tired, highly excited, or exploring his space, your training session will probably not be very successful. You will need your puppy’s full attention to assure your training session is worth your time.

The first thing your dog must learn is who the boss is. Otherwise, the dog will think that he is in charge and will not respond to your training tactics. Do not let your dog walk ahead of you when you go on walks.

Next time your dog jumps up on you in excitement, tell them “Off” in a firm (but not angry) voice, gently push them off, and turn your back. The verbal command and action of moving them reinforces what the command means, and turning restricts their access to you. This accomplishes two things: a) your dog can’t jump on you anymore, b) your dog feels he loses your attention, which is the exact opposite of what he wants. This teaches him quickly not to jump on you.

To ensure your dog’s good behavior, keep up its training throughout its life. A dog does not stop learning after puppyhood. By continually reinforcing desired behaviors, your dog will continue to behave appropriately.

To house train your dog, you should establish a regular schedule for their meals. Take away their water at night. If your dog eats on schedule, you should be able to tell when it need to go outside. If you feed your dog right before you go to bed, chances are you will not be able to take it outside on time.

Dog training teaches both you and the pet what each can expect out of the other. It sets rules and boundaries that makes the dog safer, happier and more of a joy to be around. The most important thing is to use positive reinforcement to remind your dog what he has learned. Do not let him stray from good behavior over time, and stay firm if he does. Once your dog is able to understand the basics, you and your dog are limitless as to what tricks and behaviors can be achieved.