When your dog is well-trained, you will both have a happy home life. Give these suggestions a try. You may find the perfect hint that you need for that training breakthrough.

Do not train your dog through fear of physical punishment. Teaching your dog to respect your commands and dominance will create a healthy and stable pet. Dogs learn to respect the pack leader in the wild by being dominated, not attacked. Physical punishment can lead to an irrational and often violent pet.

Don’t force your dog to go into his crate. Instead, profusely praise him when he enters his crate on his own. Young puppies, in particular, might be somewhat afraid of the crate when it is first introduced. If you force them to enter it their fear might turn into terror. Their natural curiosity will eventually override their fear.

Crate training is something that is accomplished over time. First, you should only expect your dog to stay in the crate for short periods of time. As your dog grows older you can gradually extend this confinement, which can eventually stretch out to much longer periods of time without any ill effect on your pet.

Select an appropriately sized crate to foster solid crate training results. Puppies will grow up quite quickly. Choose a crate which will be suitable for the puppy when he matures into an adult. Your dog needs to have the room to get around the crate and not feel cramped.

Don’t feed your dog food they aren’t accustomed to when house training them. Very rich foods, in particular, make it hard for a dog to control their bowels. Stick to the tried and true in terms of types of food and the quantity you feed and the house breaking experience will proceed much more smoothly.

If you are trying to train a dog that seems unresponsive and even aggressive, check to see that the dog’s basic needs have been met. A dog that doesn’t get enough attention, for example, will be grumpy and not respond well to training. And of course a hungry dog will be unlikely to respond as well.

You can show your dog how to do tricks, get some treats. Start by commanding the animal to lie down. Then, put a treat close to the floor near the side of the dog’s head, and gradually raise it over its head to the opposite side. They’ll follow your treat with their nose which will cause them to roll over. As he is rolling over say, “roll over” and praise them immediately when they do. It will probably take multiple attempts, but you will be the talk of the town when the trick is learned.

When you get a new puppy, the best way to train it is to remove the temptation to behave badly in the first place. For example, if you have a puppy that is inclined to chew on shoes, store all of the shoes in the house out of reach of the dog. This way, the behavior doesn’t have to be trained out of the dog later.

It doesn’t matter if your dog is three or thirteen. There is always hope for him if you are willing to train him. Just use patience in how you apply the advice. After this, your pet will be happier and healthier.