Training your dog should be an enjoyable, rewarding process – for you and your pet! Dog training is not something that comes naturally to every pet owner, though. Never fear! A little advice can go a long way towards making the training process fun and hassle-free. Read on to discover some handy tricks to take the guesswork out of dog training.

If you want to have a well behaved dog, make sure that you are filling their most basic needs. They need to have water, food, shelter and love. These are essential to a happy and healthy pet, and only then will they want to or have the energy to let you tell them what to do.

Any dog owner should consider their pet’s diet when looking to correct behavioral problems. As with humans, dogs are what they eat. If their diet is not nutritionally sound, internal and external problems can develop. Make sure your dog is eating his best, and improved behavior will often follow.

Make sure your dog is up and active often. Dogs get bored just as easily as children. Bored dogs are difficult to train. Your dog will be more relaxed and willing to listen if he is exercised frequently. Bring your dog along when you walk or jog.

Dogs learn through reinforcement. When your dog does something you approve of and you would like to train them to do that on command, reward them with your voice. Consider, for example, the dog that unpredictably brings his owner his slippers. The owner should excitedly say the word “slippers” or whatever word they chose as a command for that behavior.

When teaching a puppy basic commands, start with ‘sit’. This is the easiest one for a dog to master. Hold his favorite snack just above his nose, and firmly say ‘sit’. Most dogs will instinctively sit down at this point. Offer him the treat and don’t forget to praise him profusely. If he doesn’t sit, gently push his rear end towards the floor. After he has been sitting for a few seconds, give him the treat, and like before, remember to praise him.

When trying to train your dog, always reinforce positive behaviors even when you’re not actively in a training session. It’s easy to remember to reward your dog during a training session, but it’s just as important to reward your dog for those trained behaviors the rest of the time, too. This builds a good connection for the dog between the behavior and the reward.

Always end a training session with your dog on a positive note, even if you have to manipulate the scenario to make your dog successful. Ending a training session immediately after a disciplinary action will mean that your dog will remember the session as being about punishment, not about training.

A well-trained dog is a joy to own and a lifelong companion. Every thoughtful dog owner understands that the responsibility of training their dog carries a lot of potential benefits. There is no reason not to seek out assistance in order to get the most out of training your dog. Putting together an effective, fun training program will make you and your pet that much happier with each other.