We love our dogs! However, every year large numbers end up out of the house or placed in shelters because of behavioral issues.
Tip #1. Seek Help!
Puppy training can be fun, but it can also be frustrating. Unless you already have dog training experience, it is important to find an obedience class that will train you to teach your puppy.
Enrolling in a puppy class can offer information, provide socialization skills, and also teach tips, advice, and solutions for unwanted behaviors. Determining the type of training and instruction that your pup responds best to is most important in your puppy's lessons.
Basic lessons should consist of: "Sit", "Down", "Leave It", "Drop It", "Come", and "Wait".
Classes should also cover problem-solving tips and advice for: Leash walking, Chewing and teething, Biting, Jumping, Excessive barking, Crate training, Polite greeting, and House training.
Teaching the pup to be gentle, especially with children or smaller animals is one of the first important lessons they should learn. Pups as young as 8 weeks can be enrolled in a puppy class, though some age ranges may vary. To keep them healthy, make sure your pup is current on its vaccinations.
Tip #2. Always complete the training exercise.
When working on an exercise, make sure to stick with the training until the puppy does as it is told. Once it has performed the command, do not keep repeating it several times over and over. Break up each successfully completed command with another one, or some play time. If you stop too soon, or you allow it to ignore you, the pup may look at the exercise as something it doesn’t need to do. On the other hand, if you are the one getting frustrated, stop the training and come back to it later.
Tip #3. Let them know they did what was asked.
Rewarding a puppy will reinforce the point of the training exercise, as well as build their self-confidence and increase their desire to please.
There are many methods of positive reinforcement that utilize treats, toys, and praise. A reward does not have to be a food treat; it could be praise, time spent playing a game, or being given a special toy. Keep in mind that different dogs have different personalities, and what motivates one may not motivate another. As you spend time with your pup, you will learn what motivates them best.
Tip #4. Where do you start in training?
When working with your pup at home, the most important commands for them to learn are: "Come", "Sit", and "Down".
Teaching these commands will not only work on bettering your pup’s manners, but can also help to keep it safe. For example, should your pup get startled and run off, it could end up lost or put in harm’s way. But, if it knows what to do when commanded to “Come,” hearing your call may help it redirect its behavior and return to you.
Every puppy needs help understanding what is expected of them. There is no doubt that working with your pup will require your patience and time, but the end result will be worth it!