How to Train Your Dog

Dogs depend on their owners to teach them good behavior. Most breeds are eager to please, so show your dog the right way to act, and they will obey your rules. It is essential to show your dog that you are in charge and that they are to follow you. With patience, positive reinforcement and some cookies, any dog can be trained.

Crate training

Crate training is when the owner leaves their dog in a crate when they aren't home or when they're asleep.

The crate should be kept in a well-lit area, and have toys and a blanket inside.

Crate training is beneficial because: it's an effective housebreaking tool, can reduce separation anxiety, prevent destructive behavior and keep them away from potentially dangerous household items.

Never use the crate as punishment, you want your dog to view it as their "home."

House training

Training your dog not to go to the bathroom in the house can be a long and frustrating process, but well worth it in the long run.

Establish a routine with your dog, take them to the same spot at the same time every day.

Also, you should feed them around the same time every day.

Take your dog on a walk every three to four hours (at least at first), when they wake up and before they go to sleep.

Don't let your dog's water bowl sit out all day. Pick it up a few hours before they go to sleep so they won't have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Reward your dog every time they go to the bathroom outside.

Discipline

Time outs are essential to reinforce that the dog's behavior isn't appropriate.

Keep a close eye on your dog at all times, especially outdoors.

When your dog does something wrong, immediately tell them "no". If they don't listen then put them in timeout for a few minutes.

These reactions to their behavior will tell them what they did was wrong.