The joy and excitement of bringing home a new puppy are second to none. Years of love, companionship, and unforgettable memories await. One of the first things puppy owners do after bringing home their fur-ever friend is begin routine puppy training. A well-trained pup will grow into an obedient and friendly pup who will be pleasurable to be around in his adult years.
Below are a few basic training tips that may help in your pup’s training.
Begin training early in your pup’s life. Starting your training regime when he is young will help to prevent him from developing tough to break habits. Certain things like teaching him not to jump up onto people are much easier to correct when he is six inches tall and weighs five pounds versus when he is twelve inches tall and weighs twenty-five pounds.
Do not rely on one method of training. All pups are different, and some training techniques work well with some dogs but not with others. Be patient, and if plan A does not pan out, try plan B. Training should not be a one size fits all approach.
Overly stern discipline does more harm than good. Remember, your puppy is still a baby. He is trying to learn and wants to make you happy. Although his owner should have an optimistic tone for when his pup does good and a lower, more authoritative tone when his dog does wrong, never overreact. Yelling at your puppy will not help him learn any faster than using basic training tones. Physical correction (forcing his face onto an area of the floor where he had an accident) is never suggested and will lead to a pup that is nervous around his owner and cause bonding issues.
Not all dogs are the same. If you owned a puppy in the past, his training might have been much easier than your new pup. Different breeds have different training qualities. Pups such as the Poodle, Maltipoo, and Cavapoo tend to train easier than breeds such as the Boston Terrier or Shiba Inu, who tend to be a little more stubborn. All are great dogs, but some take a little more effort to train.
Be patient… Pups can be difficult, but in time will learn the ropes. Losing your patience will not speed up the training process and cause unnecessary stress. Try to remember, your pup wants to make you happy and is looking at you for direction. Training takes time.
Be consistent. If your pup is not allowed on the couch, the rule needs to apply every day. By having rules that change, your pup will not understand why you correct behavior that was permitted in the past.
When your pup makes a mistake, address it with him when it happens. This will help him to understand what he did wrong at the time of the incident and will help to prevent him from repeating it.
Training is an essential part of your responsibility as his caretaker. For more suggestions, tips, and tricks on effective training methods, speak to your puppy adoption store’s knowledgeable puppy care specialists.