Basic dog obedience commands take consistency. This means if you give one command and your spouse gives a completely contrary command, your dog might get a little confused.
The second thing that you can do is praise your dog when he behaves how you want him to.
You should not punish your dog for doing something that he's not trained to do. That's like not being trained for a job and your boss telling you to get to work. Does not go over to good.
Dogs know how to be dogs and they have a natural wild dog instinct. After all, there ancestors are either wolf, canaan or other ancestral, ancient breed.
Dogs do not instinctively know how you want them to behave. It's your responsibility to train your dog to be an acceptably behaved dog in society.
Another important aspect in home training your dog is by limiting training to about 15 minutes per day and training at the same time every day. Dogs like routine and their attention spans are like kids'. Shorter periods of learning are better than an overload of too much for too long.
Feed your dog training treats. When you give a command in a low toned voice, and he does what you command, give him the training treat and your affection. He'll love you and the treat and he'll want to continue doing what you've commanded in order to get the treats again.
As Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer, and other well known dog behavior specialists say – step into your house first after a walk. Be the pack leader. By stepping into your house first, you establish your dominance. Your dog will eventually learn to be a follower if you're the leader, becoming more obedient to you.
There's a good way to begin dealing with your young dog who's playfully aggressive – biting or snapping to get your attention. Stop it now so he does not become more aggressive by using a voice command then giving him a treat when he stops. A common voice command is the word "off" when your dog begins to bite.
I used this on our young lab / basenji just the other day and it worked immediately. She's a smart dog so sometimes it's more challenging to train her. None the less, it worked.
Which last and foremost, brings me to the intelligence factor. The more intelligent, the harder to train. Some dog breeds with higher intelligence are the Papillon, Labrador, Doberman, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Border Collie, Poodle, Rottweiler and Shetland Sheepdog. Not necessarily in that order. I may have left out a few – but oh well, you get the idea.
Training these intelligent dogs takes patience, discipline and love. Try all three of these and you may find yourself successful in training your dog.