Getting frustrated with your dog? Is she treating your house like one big chew toy, or having a hard time mastering housetraining? Is she jumping up on you when you’d rather she didn’t? Great news – most canine behavior problems can be easily lessened or eliminated outright by some basic dog training. Just check some of these tips out!

Dog training should be viewed as a form of self control. If you’re not able to control yourself, you’ll never control your dog. Walk away from your dog, rather than letting him see an angry outburst, and remain calm even when his behavior is not stellar. Your dog will respond in a positive light if he watches you do the same.

For the best results in training your pet, you must be diligent about giving rewards and encouragement. Dog treats must be plentiful and strategically timed. This is because a dog does not always understand what it is being rewarded for if they do not receive their treat at the right time.

With aggressive dogs it is best to begin slowly. Aggressive dogs see themselves as the dominant role in the pack and trying to take that role from them too quickly can result in a negative response from the animal. To avoid bites or difficulty, take small steps in establishing yourself as the pack leader.

Encourage your dog to be as active as possible. Dogs can get bored quite easily. A bored dog is very difficult to train. When your dog is exercised and is happy, training will be easier. Go for long walks and runs with your dog.

When formally training your dog to complete specific skills like sitting or shaking hands on command, work with them in short slots of time interspersed throughout the day. Just as humans can grow bored or even angry when being required to complete one monotonous action after another, so can dogs.

It is important to take a leadership role while training your dog. This does not mean that you need to try and force your animal to bend to your will. Acting as a teacher and showing him what you want him to do by rewarding his actions will help your dog succeed.

Negative methods of training your dog don’t work. Just as with humans, positive reinforcement of behaviors is much more effective. Use praise, treats and play time to show your dog that you are pleased with their performance. If he cannot do what you are asking him, do not punish him or yell at him. He will associate trying to do the task with negativity and will avoid the task even harder the next time.

Most owners struggle with behavior problems in their pets from time to time. The more you know about dog training, the less frustrated you’ll get with your beloved pooch, and the easier you’ll be able to communicate with her. A well-trained dog has a happy owner…so try some of our tips today, and enjoy the results!