There are many different ways to train your dog, but you must try to understand how your dog thinks and why. To train your dog successfully you must have the support of the whole family as it only takes one to upset all the good work that you have put in. Below are some of the different ideas when starting out to train your dog.
You should decide what role your dog is going to take in your life and what parts of the house it is allowed in. Your dog needs to know where it will be sleeping and in what. If your dog will be sleeping in the kitchen in say a cage or a basket, get it used to knowing that when he or she is put in the basket or cage it is bed time. A dog will feel more secure if they know that this is their place to sleep.
A dog likes routine and they will become used to what is coming whether it is food, walks or bed time. You need to establish this routine around your family and your dog needs to know where it stands in your family. A routine will take time to establish and you have to be persistent and patient.
Your dog needs to be taught where to go to the toilet, where to sleep and so on. Once you have taught your dog this it needs to remain the same so think about this before you get your dog home. Dogs need consistency in their lives to make a good pet.
Make sure your whole family knows where and when your dog should or should not be allowed to go and what he or she is allowed to do. You all need to be patient and consistent for this to work well and for your dog to understand you.
You must understand the dogs background, like the breed, age of the dog, where the dog came from and whether or not it came from a well trained family or not. Depending on what sort of breed the dog is, it is sometimes easier or harder to train. It is always easier to train a young dog rather than an old dog as older dogs will already have some bad habits and it takes longer to retrain. Although with a little persistence you can still retrain them it just takes a lot longer.
Jeff runs a dog website that deals with different topics to do with dogs you can view these articles at http://www.dogtraininghelp4u.blogspot.com