Essential Tips for Successful Puppy Training Click to edit Master subtitle style
It’s hard to imagine that adorable little ball of fur ever becoming a family menace, but that’s just what can happen if you don’t engage in some effective puppy training. Your puppy won’t be a puppy forever, and in some cases he’ll be big and dangerous. Applying training tips and techniques is very wise and
What Are Your Goals?
Prior to the start of puppy training, it’s a good idea to determine your goals. In other words, what do you hope to accomplish by training your puppy? You may have some specific goals in mind, but some general goals that apply to all puppies include: No biting, chewing or aggression Successful house training No excessive barking
Sleeping in one spot each night Walking well with the leash Obeying basic commands No separation anxiety
Your Dog Isn’t Human
Whether you decide to train your puppy yourself or enlist the help of an expert, it’s important to remember that he isn’t human. This may seem like the most obvious statement in history, but many dog owners treat their ‘babies’ just like a human member of the family, and it can lead to behavioural issues. Your puppy shouldn’t sleep in the same bed as you, he shouldn’t be carried around under your arm or in a purse, and you shouldn’t speak to him as if he is human. As irresistible as it may be, it’s important to treat him like a dog right from the start, so he will act like a dog as he grows.
Barking is one of the things that you’re going to have to contend with as a new puppy owner. You might not hear too much at first, but as he grows and becomes acclimated to his surroundings, the frequency of barking may increase. Your dog may only be trying to warn his pack (your family) of a potential threat
About House Training
The house training aspect of puppy training is one that many people consider the most urgent. No one wants messes left around their house, or for their new puppy to make a routine of going inside the house. It’s important to establish the routine you want as soon as you bring the puppy home. Try leaving the puppy outside for up to half an hour,
six different times during the day. These times are: Just before everyone goes to bed at night Just after the puppy wakes up in the morning Just after eating Just after the puppy wakes from a nap After the puppy has played excitedly
About House Training
Make sure that you give the puppy ample opportunities to relieve himself outside in a designated area, and you will develop a routine. Crate training is another tool that can help him get the idea sooner rather than later. Try not to give him too much freedom in the house at the beginning, and exercise patience throughout the process. Praise him when he does right, but don’t discipline when he makes mistakes.
It’s no secret that an aggressive dog is a dangerous dog, and a dangerous dog really has no place in a family unit. Aggression in a dog usually means that he feels vulnerable and insecure. In the dog’s mind, the way to deal with the insecurity or ‘threat’ is to be aggressive. Growling, showing teeth and snapping are early signs that you have an insecure dog on your hands. If you establish the alpha position early on and take control of the pack, he will feel like you have most situations under control and won’t feel the need to be aggressive.
Consistency is the key when it comes to puppy training. In reality, there are probably several training variations that will get the job done, but failure to keep it up will always see them fall short. By being a strong leader and giving your puppy someone to look up to, you will eliminate many of the destructive behaviours that dog owners complain about.
Published on Aug 5, 2012
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