Friday, January 14, 2011

Pet Training Tips

Training your pet can be as easy or as difficult as you make it. Despite what you may have heard or read, anyone with patience and a willingness to learn, can teach their pets almost anything. These are just a few tips I've picked up during my lifetime of working with all sorts of animals.
  • Know Your Pet - Know and understand your pet. All pets have limitations - physical, emotional and intellectual limitations. Study the species and the breed to know what your pet is and is not capable of. Do not expect your Chihuahua to be able to pull 100 pounds or your parrot to learn to say all the words in the dictionary.
  • Know Yourself - Know yourself. Like your pet, you have limitations as well. Understand what you want from your pet and where you are willing to compromise when it comes to training your pet. Don't expect that you will be able to train your pet to do anything and everything.
  • It Takes Time - Understand that it takes time to train your pet. Your dog may have sit down perfectly one day and not be able to sit the next. Be willing to spend the necessary time training your pet. These times will vary. It is dependent upon you, your pet and the relationship you and your pet share.
  • Pet Training Classes - Pet training classes can be great. Be careful not to fall for scams. Always be a part of the pet training classes. Just because a trainer can teach your pet something does not mean your pet will do it for you. You must participate in the pet training classes, if you decide pet training classes are best for you.
  • Have the Right Tools - Have the right tools for training you pet. Dogs need collar, leashes and, probably, treats. Keep these tools and the others you need handy when training your pet. The right tools also include patience, understanding and a sense of humor.
Training your pet can be a reward experience for both your and your pet. Not only will it improve your pet's behavior, it will also strengthen the bond you and your pet share. Take it slow and enjoy the process.

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