So, you got a new dog and it’s taking up all your time and energy?

Training a dog in Honolulu can be overwhelming at times but with a little bit of practice and a lot of patience, any type of dog can be properly trained. The main thing to get across when dog training is that you have to start out as soon as possible, meaning the moment you bring them home. For excellent dog training tips keep on reading.

If you are getting a puppy, there is a good chance they are mostly wild and not really understanding the world around them. Dogs are pack animals, and if you are not the leader then they will end up running all over you. Therefore, the first steps to training any type of dog are to build a trusting relationship.

No matter the age of the dog, one that is untrained will need to be able to trust you in order to listen to what you have to say. So the first step in the training process is to spend as much time with the dog as possible. This time should be spent in different situations so both of you can explore the world together. This creates a bond, and it only gets stronger the more time you spend with your furry friend.

After you build that bond of trust with the dog it is time to teach him a few basic commands. But don’t get ahead of yourself until the dog learns one command first. It is a time-consuming process that requires patience but in the end becomes highly rewarding to both you and your dog. Be sure to reward the dog with tasty treats every time they accomplish a task. It may take many tries, but eventually, you will see the dog begin to understand what is being taught.

It is a good idea to take the dog to different places as you keep adding new commands. This helps introduce the dog to different situations where they might get distracted, however, if they are paying close attention to you and obeying your commands, then you know you’ve made progress.

A lot of dog training revolves around repetition, practice and most of all plenty of patience. Without patience, you will get frustrated which the dog will sense. It also depends on the type of dog you have, since some are smarter than other and will grasp commands much quicker. Be aware of the type of personality your dog has because that can be a huge help in how you train him.

Whether you hire a personal dog trainer or take it upon yourself, each situation, you will have to take an active part in. It does no good to hire a personal trainer if once they leave you are not reinforcing what the dog has learned. The dog also needs to feel that you are the leader of the pack and what you say goes. Never move onto the next step in training until the dog masters what you have already been teaching.

Dog are intelligent animals but can be unruly if not trained. They are like babies who are looking for guidance, but if they get none, expect them to walk all over you. Remember to be strict and firm, but with a gentle hand. Praise them each time they make progress but never reward them for disobeying your command. That is a serious step back in training.

Dog training on Oahu doesn’t have to be all that difficult since there are many wonderful books and online resources as well as professionals that help guide you in the right direction. Keep these tips in mind if you plan on training a dog yourself, or hiring one to make the process easier.