A dog can mean a companion waiting for you when you get home, a walking buddy, and a pal you can always play with. However, it can also mean torn-up shoes, incessant barking, and a general lack of obedience. Training your dog can alleviate these problems, but it sometimes feels like your dog just won’t learn. This article will provide some advice that will help make your dog a friend, not a foe.

Timing is important when you’re training your dog. You desire to spend time in training them, but you also do not want to go overboard. Shorter training sessions are better at the beginning of your program. This will give you a good idea of when to put more effort into your training session.

Learn to understand what your dog is saying through facial expression. Many people fail to see that a dog says even though his he communicates non-verbally with his face, just as we do. When you are training your dog, take some time to see how he responds to commands, rewards and your behavior. Watching his facial expressions will be useful as training progresses and give you a better understanding of your dog.

Unless you offer a distraction or stimulus, your dog will probably focus exclusively on a single thing. Dogs learn by repetition so with continued training, your dog will immediately focus on what you are saying.

If you are getting a new dog, and you intend to train it, look for a younger dog. The old adage “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is somewhat appropriate here. Younger dogs are more receptive to dominance from a pack leader and will learn quickly in an effort to please. Another plus to this is that young dogs really enjoy learning new things, much like children do.

If possible, position your dog’s crate next to your bed. This is a critical step in teaching him that is where you want him to sleep. Since you are still within sight he isn’t as likely to panic about having to stay in the crate for an extended period of time.

When you train your dog, you need to establish control. Your dog must understand that you’re in control, so that he knows to obey and respect you. Do not let your dog walk ahead of you when you go on walks.

If your dog is running away from you, don’t try to chase him. Instead, call him by name and give a command, such as “come.” Your pet views chasing as a game and thinks you want to play along. The exception to this tip would be if your dog is about to enter a dangerous situation and has not responded to your commands.

A dog is man’s best friend, but many times it can feel as if it’s the greatest rival. Properly training a dog is a necessity for getting the dog you want. The tips here will hopefully make sure that your dog is indeed a good friend and not a rival. It may take a lot of work, but heeding the advice will get rid of the bad aspects of the dog, keeping only the good ones.