Training your dog is the most important thing when it comes to communication, obedience and a great experience with your dog.
Have you tried going to the dog training classes? Or having your own personal dog trainer?
But one important thing is that you have to schedule those kinds of things. You have to make an effort of going to the actual place. And now it’s even harder with everything that’s going around right now.
Plus, if you have a reactive dog which gives you more stress than the actual training, it can be a real nightmare.
Don’t get me wrong. You have to train your dog to have a great and peaceful relationship with your dog. So why won’t you try training your dog at home? It’s a great way how to schedule everything and an amazing way how to bond with your dog even more.
Here are some interesting facts you didn’t know about dog training at home.
1. Now it’s easier than ever
Haven’t you noticed that everything you need is already at home with you? While we’re home more than usual right now, it’s the perfect time to start. You can train your dog whenever you want or whenever you have time to do it.
Be consistent if you want results. No need for a re-education camp. Start slowly. Even if you don’t have spare time right now. Start with the easiest steps.
Train your dog during his meal time. Make him work for the food. Play games. Do commands. Whatever comes in to your mind, works.
2. You can train your dog during his meal
You probably have a specific time when you feed your dog. If not, I would recommend to do it.
Having food at a certain time of the day lets your dog sleep better. It’s an expression, but it’s a well-known fact that dogs like order. For dogs, knowing that he’s going to get food at 8 am and 5 pm, it’s a stress reliever. That’s one thing off his mind that he has to worry about less. And you know how it works in the wild. Wolf has to earn or catch his dinner first and only then he can eat it.
As far as our dogs know, the food appears in their bowls twice a day. But what if you can make him work for his food, instead of giving it without any work. Making your dog work for every meal helps to stimulate his brain.
Working on a different approach for each game, searching for his food that is hidden in the house, these things can help your dog to trigger his primitive instinct of getting the food and working for it. AND, he would learn that food comes from you. That you’re the master of it all and he needs to wait for a command.
3. There are online dog-training courses
You already know the basic concept of dog training classes. But how would you feel that you can have your own personal trainer through your computer?
There’s a lot of online classes, which you can subscribe to. If you’re not feeling like paying for anything, then there is a lot of information on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook for free.
Some online courses have a free 7-day trial program, which you can try out to be sure if the program matches your expectations. One great platform that we know for a while now is Canine Performance.
They have a variety of offers for you. The main one is basic and advanced obedience. They have more than 50 lessons to help you to train your dog at home.
4. You can easily teach your dog to relax
One of the biggest problems for dog parents is to make their dog relaxed. If you already have a chilled, laid-back puppy this is not for you. But if you have a stressed dog who barks at every noise, people or other dogs, jumping on everyone and so on, this would be your lifesaver.
Don’t let him freely room around the house. Teach him to have a relaxing nap in his bed or on an elevated one. Pick a time during the day at which you can put doggo at his place so he can learn to not be disturbed by anything.
At first, you can use a leash to guide your dog. This way you can lead him back to his place if he breaks the rules. I usually tie the leash to the elevated dog bed, so when she tries to break the command she stays right there.
The main goal is that your dog learns that he can relax no matter what happens around him. Teach your dog how to be still. From stillness begets calmness. From calmness begets clarity. Clarity is the antidote to anxiety. Start with half an hour, then you can try to make it to one hour, two hours and so on.
5. Crate training is very important
If you’re a new dog owner or you have a dog for a while now – crate training is the best path to good communication with your dog.
This will give your dog the structure and boundaries that your dog needs.
Having their own space that they can go to when they want to sleep, or they don’t want to be disturbed is very important to them.
6. Schedule is the key
When training your dog at home, have a schedule for everything you do. Having a strict time for every step can help you to improve your dog’s obedience. They’re craving for guidance, so be their guide.
Tell him what he can and cannot do. Teach him your rules. You will be amazed how quickly and well he will learn them.
7. Loading control is a must
Teach your dog to wait before you let him go outside the door. If they are excited when going outside, they are less likely to follow your commands.
Make your dog wait patiently until you give him a “release” command to go outside. You can use a sit or down command to be as a loading offline.
Don’t be afraid to teach your dog at home.
There are many great resources out there with amazing tips and tricks for dog training, which you can easily do at home. Every moment can be teaching if you have time and patient for it.
Make a great communication with your dog at home and you will start to see progress in a no time.