Not much compares to the joy of welcoming a new puppy into your family. But new dog owners will learn pretty quickly that it’s not all snuggles and wet nose kisses. It takes some dedication, time & consistency to make it a smooth transition for not only your family but also for the immature pup that needs to learn a thing or two. Below we will share our tips on training your new puppy.
Start Training Early
The sooner you get a jump on working with and training your puppy the faster and smoother it will go. Getting a quick start removes confusion or room for mixed signals. Yes, it might seem impossible to make that cute fluff ball sleep in a kennel all by himself the first couple of nights, but if you don’t want the dog to sleep in your bed his entire life, then we would recommend starting with that rule right from the get-go without letting that habit be a consideration in the dogs mind from the start. Just like with children, if they are “allowed” to exhibit a certain behavior or praised for cuddling with their new mom on her human bed it will be harder to teach the dog later that it’s no longer acceptable. Dogs have a natural instinct to please their owners. Especially if treats are rewarded for following a command!
Quick & Consistent Training
Start with easy commands like sit or stay. Using small training treats to reward a job well done is a great way to help the pup understand “right” from “wrong”. You won’t always have to offer a treat for the good behavior but for training it’s a great tool. As the puppy learns a couple of commands it will be easier for them to read your body language and training techniques to help them follow instruction with more advanced learning.
Positive reinforcement is rewarding the good behavior and ignoring or re-directing any unwanted behavior. It seems like a simple concept but if you find yourself raising your voice and getting excited when your dog barks at the neighbor or jumps on a visitor, you would actually be doing just the opposite. Remember, they don’t understand English but your body language may be giving them mixed signals that the behavior they are exhibiting is kosher because you are actively giving them attention. There are more subtle approaches to get a dog to STOP a bad behavior without giving them extra attention like getting pet or pushed down. Find great advice to teach a dog not to jump here.
A busy mind not only is good for a pets health but also eliminates the boredom factor that urges that little voice on their shoulder pushing them to make choices such as chewing up a pair of shoes, knocking over the trashcan or scratching at doors, and well you get the idea. There are many wonderful brain stimulating toys available. Take a look at some options here.
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About UPCO Pet Supplies
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