Most puppies are rather restless. For some, calming hyper dog doesn't always come handy. Some may experience a great deal of stress when dealing with their dog's hyperactiveness. If you’re a new owner who never had experience with dogs, you might think that your dog will always be like this, running around home regardless of its age. However, this is not quite true.
As dogs get older they start understanding some basic concepts and are able to react to commands. This basically shows their discipline. Well, training dog will never behave like a puppy, being completely crazy and all over the place (although some dogs can be stubborn).
So how can you achieve this level of discipline? With a proper attention training and exercises.
Basics of attention training
In a way, being disciplined and paying attention are almost one and the same thing. Dog that is paying attention to you will be focused on your words waiting for you to issue a command that it can understand. So at least it needs to have some sort of a focus in order to pay attention to you.
Like any type of training, it is performed at a very young age.
Attention training is also very important for other types of trainings as it creates a channel of communication between two of you; for example, if the dog cannot focus properly on you, you will spend much more time teaching it something than you would’ve otherwise.
If this step is performed correctly, it will be much easier to teach dog other, more important lessons.
How to perform attention training
First, like any other training, you will have to find an isolated place where you will perform it. Given that dog is being taught at a very young age, it can really be confusing if there are other things affecting its senses. By creating isolation you are making sure that every lesson is clear enough and that there are no misconceptions.
Primary goal of attention training is for a dog to look and concentrate on you for a longer period of time. As I already say, this will be important later on as it learn other commands. Have in mind that this doesn’t have to be too long; there is no point in keeping a dog in the same place if you don’t have anything to say to him.
During initial phases, make sure to have enough dog treats nearby. When I say dog treats, I refer to things that your puppy really loves and wouldn’t have an opportunity to eat otherwise. This is important for positive motivation as you need to provide a stimulation that is unique and better than anything else. If you don’t give dog a treat, it will think that actions it performed are rather basic and meaningless and won’t give them any value in future.
During this training, dog needs to learn that your word is the most important thing. When you have something to tell him, this command needs to be obeyed at all costs.
Start the process by calling its name. It might take a while until dog looks at you but just be patient.
When he finally does, start talking to him. Remember, main point is for a dog to focus on your voice. Try to communicate whether verbally or with motions. Try to entertain him. If the dog keeps attention for a while, give him a treat.
Sooner than later it will stop looking. This is when you need to call him again, give him a treat and repeat the process of communication. After a while, you can completely eliminate the treats from routine and simply pet a dog. The point of the exercise is for a dog to always respond to you and focus which will happen sooner than later with enough time invested.