Playing with dogs gives us the rejuvenating effect that few activities rarely give us. They help us to overcome all the bad feelings while pouring unconditional love on us. Even so, we have to be firm with our dogs when they cause these little annoying problems here and there.
You can’t be harsh with these poor creatures because they see that the world is very different from us humans. Positive reinforcement is the way to teach them good behavior.
In this article, we’re going to see how to encourage positive behavior in dogs so that they can become well-behaved family members. So let’s get started.
Spend some time with your dog every day
When you spend time with your dogs, they will feel calm and completely relaxed. Most of the time, people buy dogs and stop spending time with them once they reach adulthood. It can affect their mental health as dogs are one of those animals in need of adequate socialization.
Once your dogs feel that their master is very attentive to them, they will most likely stop any mischief they did earlier when they were neglected. Spending time with your dogs can also help reduce stress.
Keep them stimulated with games
Mental stimulation is important to your dog’s growth, especially if he is younger than a year. Proper training as a puppy helps instill positive behavior in dogs fairly quickly. To keep your pups busy, you can purchase some excellent dog toys for them. Toys not only keep your dogs busy, but also keep them from wreaking havoc, especially when you are not around.
Another way to stimulate your dogs is to play a retrieval game with them. Throwing a ball and letting it bring it will improve focus and discipline in the canines.
Feed them a nutritious diet
It is important that you feed your dogs nutritious dog food as it will keep them both physically and mentally healthy. Feeding stale and unhealthy foods can make them tired and anxious, and later affect their overall behavior. You may also have seen how upset your dog looks when they are not properly fed.
Another important thing is to set an appropriate schedule for feeding your dog. Even if you feed your dogs healthy food, they can get grumpy if they don’t eat in time. 2-3 times a day is the standard feeding schedule for most dogs.
Reward them for doing positive things
Dogs have a tendency to repeat a behavior knowing that there is a reward for doing it again. For example, you may consider giving them good dog treats while teaching them obedience training. Most dogs learn commands and tricks when they have tasty food to eat.
Another benefit of the reward is that it improves overall communication between you and your dog. In this case, your dog will have no problem obeying your commands.
Be loving and forgive them often
After all, it would be best if you always showed compassion to your furry friend. Being rude to them can defeat the whole purpose of instilling positive behavior in them. In fact, the best they can do when they cause mischief is to forgive them. Your dog will most likely be aware of your feelings and be more aware of the things he is doing.
Remember, patience is a virtue when it comes to training your dog. If you can teach your dogs things by keeping love as a foundation, you will soon be making them good-natured.
All in all
You’ve seen some of the easiest steps to teach your dog positive behavior. It is best to teach your dogs these methods before they turn one year old. Well-trained puppies display good temperaments while they have reached their adult stage as well. However, never stop showering on your love and praise for your dogs because you are the world to him.