Sometimes it may feel as though you brought home Cujo instead of Lassie! Fortunately for you, it only takes a little fundamental training to shape up your dog’s behavior in the near future.
There are many different approaches that can be used to crate train a new puppy. Place a treat inside the crate and shut its gate in front of your dog. Once they know the treat is in the crate, you will have to hold them back to stop them from getting the bone because they’ll be so eager. When he does, praise him for it so he knows it was a good thing to do.
Crate training your new puppy is most effective when you take small steps. Eventually they will become comfortable with the crate and you can then try to shut the door to the crate. When they allow the door to shut you can give them a treat through the wiring. Begin by leaving the dog in the crate for about ten seconds, then increase that time by small increments. Freaking out your dog is a sign that you need to slow down.
When training, find a verbal clue your pet can understand so they will know exactly when to do as you say. It’s faster to tell your dog “yes” than it is to find and give it a treat.
Teaching any dog how to roll over can be pretty easy. Make sure you’ve got a few tasty treats handy before beginning. The dog has to lay down first. Next, hold a treat near the floor on one side of his head, slowly bring the treat up and over the dogs head to the other side. He’ll follow your hand and roll over completely. Whenever you dog does roll over, actually say the words, “roll over.” Continue to do this until your dog actually rolls over whenever you say the words without using the treat. Be patient with him when you are teaching this because once he learns it, he can be quite the show-off amongst your friends.
You will be amazed at the results once you start applying these tips. Consider giving some of the ideas outlined above a try, in order to improve the bond between you and your dog.