They say dog is man’s best friend, and at Shackleford Road Veterinary we agree! You truly can’t find a better best friend anywhere. However, our pups don’t just arrive trained and ready to roll over on command. It takes plenty of practice, patience, and love to train a dog.
As a leading Little Rock veterinarian, Shackleford Road Veterinary gets plenty of questions about how best to train a dog. Whether your furry friend is a puppy or an older rescue pal, we have some tips to help. Here is what you need to know.
Perhaps one of the best pieces of training advice we can offer a new dog owner is to remember your puppy doesn’t speak English. It takes a long time for dogs to begin understanding that the words you are speaking to them have meaning. The best way to train a dog to understand what you are asking of them is to shorten your command to a single word. Rather than, “sit down, Spot,” a simple, “Sit”, will suffice. Similarly, “Go to bed,” is better as, “bed”, and so on.
This tip goes along with the language barrier advice, as your pet is more likely to understand your actions than words. Therefore, be prepared to reward your dog for a job well done, even if they don’t get it on the first try. For example, if you ask your dog to sit, be prepared to reward him, even if the sit only occurs momentarily. If you ask your dog to stay, reward immediately, and onward from the command of, “Stay”. Your pet will come to realize that the word you are saying has a connection to this action, and that action is going to provide a treat.
While fancy tricks are great, the best training we can provide our pets is the training that keeps them safe. For example, if your dog runs toward the street, you want him or her to stop immediately when called and return to you. This trick far outweighs “roll over”. To ensure your dog responds to your prompts you want to keep training positive. What does this mean? Rather than punishing a dog for pooping on the floor, you want to praise him or her when they get the pee-pad or sit at the door to let you know they want out. You never want your dog to assume that you are shouting their name will result in something negative, or your pet may not turn around when it matters most.
For more information on pet training and dog care, we invite you to contact Shackleford Road Veterinary. Being a local vet for dogs in Little Rock, AR, we are always happy to hear from our friends and neighbors about their pets, and help you keep your pup healthy and happy. Call us at 501-224-6998 and become a New Patient!