Many dogs like to dig, but you can stop this behavior if you know the proper way to train your dog. Like most dogs they get bored easily from their daily routine and can often turn to unacceptable behavior such as digging. This article contains a number of tips on how to prevent your dog from digging that will keep you happy and your dog from tearing up your yard.
When crate training your new puppy or dog, there are a few tricks you can apply. If they shy away from the crate, try placing a chew bone and shutting its gate when they are not inside. If a dog sees something in the crate that they want, they will desire to enter it. After they enter the crate, be sure to give them love and attention to let them know they did something to please you.
You need to reward your dog to be successful. Treats are great to give your dog when he does something good, but timing is very important when doing so. It can create confusion for dogs if rewards are sporadic and not administered at the correct times.
Start potty training your new puppy immediately. Take the puppy to the designated toilet area in your garden as soon as he wakes up in the morning, after eating, after a nap, and before bedtime. Choose a certain command that indicates he needs to relieve himself. When he does, don’t forget to praise him highly, and offer a treat as a reward.
Negative methods of training your dog don’t work. Just as with humans, positive reinforcement of behaviors is much more effective. Use praise, treats and play time to show your dog that you are pleased with their performance. If he cannot do what you are asking him, do not punish him or yell at him. He will associate trying to do the task with negativity and will avoid the task even harder the next time.
Puppies respond best to positive reinforcement during training. You should assure that during training your puppy can not get into trouble. If you have to scold your puppy while training him, he may relate the training to being a negative experience and not be as excited as he should be about his training.
The best way to prevent your dog from barking excessively, is to make him more comfortable with whatever it is he barks at so frequently. Dogs bark at anything that scares of threatens them, so if you show your dog that the object of their fear is nothing to be afraid of, he’ll stop barking.
You should only leave your dog’s food out for around fifteen minutes each day after you put it out. This helps get your dog used to a regular routine. Your dog will quickly learn to begin eating his or her food immediately, and as a result, your dog will eat fresher food and not beg for food at other times of the day.
Dog digging is a problem that can be corrected when you understanding the proper training methods. Once you get an understanding of why your dog is digging, then controlling this behavior isn’t quite so difficult. Apply the advice from this article, and you’ll have a yard that is free of holes.