For a beginner, training your dog can be quite difficult. House training your dog is probably the toughest part for a beginner, as they often get frustrated quickly. All training should start as early as possible, as puppies will need to learn to pee outside and get on a regular schedule. Once the puppy knows he will go outside on a regular basis he will start to hold it longer, so consistency is the key, and that is the first tip. There are many tips that can help a new dog owner; however consistency and patience are the keys to training your dog.
Consistency – The most common problem that people have when it comes to training dogs is that they do not stay consistent. Don’t let your dog get away with sleeping on the couch sometimes if you don’t want the dog to sleep on the couch the majority of the time. It’s a yes or no sort of thing; otherwise you will confuse your dog.
Patience – Patience is especially important in the first year of the dog’s life, as puppies can make you feel like you’re raising a child. They are curious, always sniffing around the house and seeing what they can get into, or put their mouths onto. Many puppies develop bad habits, such as chewing on furniture and urinating on rugs. Stay consistent and be patient, because they will eventually learn. Some dogs learn slower than others, as it is highly dependent on the breed. Some breeds require more patience, and some are more easy-going.
Crate Training – Crate training is great for a dog, it gives them a place to feel safe and it makes training your dog much easier. If your dog makes has an accident on your floor then you should take the dog outside to see if they have to go again, and then put them in the crate for 20 minutes as punishment. It will not always feel like punishment for the dog though, so there’s not a reason to feel bad about it. It will actually make the dog feel like it has a home in your home, one that is safe and secure.
In conclusion, you should also attempt to teach your dog the basic commands, such as “sit”, “come”, “lay down”, and “stay”. Most dogs are very eager to learn and will enjoy learning new tricks, so make sure you follow these tips to train your dog! Consistency and Patience is the key, while crate training makes everything easier for you. Especially if you have to leave the dog alone in the house for a few hours, a crate will ensure that the dog doesn’t tear up your house. Below is a video of a well-trained labrador retriever, it’s always best to start young with your dog!