How to Train Your Dog at Home in 4 Simple Steps

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Every dog needs to be trained. 

It doesn’t matter what breed you have, where you got them from, or how good their current behavior is. If you want your dog to enjoy a happy and, most importantly, safe life, you need to start training your dog sooner rather than later. 

That being said, you don’t have to spend a small fortune on professional obedience training for your dog to learn the basic commands. Instead, make the decision to undergo puppy training from the comfort of your own home.  

Not as scary as it sounds, in just a few simple steps, you can successfully teach your dog or puppy how to behave and do what you say.

Ready to get started? 

1) Decide on Your House Rules

Before you embark upon training your dog, you first need to establish your own house rules that every member of your family is on board with. This is very important as it can be very confusing for a new puppy to be given one command from one family member and a completely different one from another.

For example, are you going to allow your dog free rein of the house, or are there certain rooms that will be off-limits? 

2) Choose Your Training Method

There are many different dog training methods online that you can choose from. However, the most effective one in the long-term is undeniably positive reinforcement. This involves rewarding your dog or puppy when they do something good or listen to a command. 

For example, if you ask your dog to sit and they do so, you could reward them with praise, a game, or a small, healthy treat. 

3) Tackle House Training 

One of the most difficult tasks to train your dog in and one of the top three behavior problems for dogs, making sure that your puppy does not go to the toilet in your home, can be a long and grueling process. 

That being said, there are tools that can make this process a little easier:

A) A sliding glass pet door that is designed to allow your dog to get out into your backyard on their own, eliminating the need for you to let them out and significantly reducing the risk of accidents. 

B) Automatic sliding door sensors guarantee only your dog can enter and leave your property. 

You should also always try to use the same simple command when it is time for your dog to go to the toilet, such as “toilet time” or “be quick”. 

4) Allow Freedom 

Unless you want to have to keep your dog on a leash at all times when you are outside your home, part of your training session should be focused on ensuring that they stay when you ask and come to you when you call them. 

That being said, getting a dog to stay can be hard work, especially once they are out in the open surrounded by distractions. Again, one effective way to teach your dog to stay is through positive reinforcement. Although clicker training is also known to have a high success rate.