Are you currently training your dog and looking for ways to maintain the progress? We know training can be laborious, but promoting positive behavior can help improve your pups confidence, your relationship and your dog’s behavior in general. We came up with five ways to encourage positive behaviors in your dog. By following these tips, you can set your dog up for success and help them become the best they can be. Here’s how you can start encouraging positive behavior in your dog.
Have a Routine
Having a routine gives your dog structure and allows them to anticipate what will occur throughout their day. Giving your dog an idea of when you can dedicate time to them and when to be patient and rest is very beneficial. By having a daily routine, you also reduce any stress and anxiety from anticipating your next move. A regular schedule will help your dog feel at ease and comfortable throughout the day, reinforcing calm behavior.
Positive reinforcement is a great tool to encourage positive behaviors in your dog. There are different ways to reinforce your dog’s behaviors directly. Many dogs are food motivated. Rewarding good behavior with a treat or snack will support their positive behavior and encourage them to continue doing it. Some dogs prefer verbal praise or pets to reward their behavior. Others will find toys or play to be the best reward. Timing is everything, so it’s essential to mark the behavior using a clicker or marker word right after they’ve done what you’ve asked. Doing so will ensure that your dog can associate the credit with the completed action. You can then use a mix of positive reinforcement methods to get the praise across and show your dog how happy and proud you are of them.
Regular Exercise and Good Diet
Regular exercise, mental stimulation, and proper nutrition significantly impact your dog’s health and overall mood. A dog that feels good with no digestive issues is going to be better behaved. Our dogs may act out due to a lack of mental or physical stimulation or because they don’t feel good, and this is part of their nonverbal language to let us know. If your dog is acting out, try changing their diet. Adding more regular exercise or brain-stimulating games or food puzzles to their routine may also improve their mood and activity. Please consult your veterinarian if you are making any significant changes to your dog’s diet and exercise. Keep an eye out for how their mood and behavior change. Be sure to report any significant changes to your vet.
By doing regular training and consistently practicing new tricks and manners, you’ll help encourage positive behavior. You will help your pup build confidence, and you’ll strengthen your bond. Your dog should understand the basic commands needed in everyday life. You should practice these fundamental skills throughout the day and in different places or situations. You can also build on these basics by teaching your dog other training games or tricks. Training is a great way to spend time with your dog and give them a job to do. Remember to make it fun and lay on praise to reinforce their positive behaviors in and out of formal training sessions.
Spend Time with Them
Spending time with your dog can help them behave better. Showing attention to your dog will make your pup feel cared for and loved. Reserving time for your dog each day can give you and your dog something to look forward to. Just like people, dogs love attention and spending time with those they love. Be sure to show them care and affection every day to reinforce their positive behavior and love for you.
These are just five ways to encourage positive behaviors in your dog. There are many other ways to promote proper behavior so be sure to research which methods work best for you. At Cosmic Home & Pet, we also offer dog training services, so be sure to contact us for more details and a professional opinion.