Take note of the tone of your voice as you discipline your pet. Dogs tend to be well in tune with how their trainers are feeling. Try using a stern tone to really convey your message to your dog. Get your dog prepared for early vet exams. Practice gently moving your hands all over your dog’s body and reward him for staying calm. It is important to get him used to having his paws touched and his teeth examined. Consider getting friends to help you out.
It’s important to try to avoid using food as your sole control over your dogs behavior. Because food is needed to sustain life, it should be off limits as a training tool. In addition to giving food, you should pet your dog and give it praise. It’s important to avoid inadvertently encouraging inappropriate behavior if you want your dog to learn. Thus, you must not reward the dog if it does something you are working to stop. For instance, don’t pat your dog on the head if it’s jumping up on you. Focus on the things your dog is telling you in order to know what things that he doesn’t want. When a dog expresses discomfort around strangers, do not force the issue. Your dog may have good reason to be uncomfortable, and you must respect that. Forcing your dog will only lose their trust as time goes on.