Training a puppy to grow up to be well-behaved takes work but it can be fun for both you and your puppy as you go through this process. It all starts with puppy obedience training.
Puppies and dogs are hard-wired to run, chase, jump, pee, poop, dig and bark – just to name a few. These natural behaviors do not fit well with our social expectations.
If your new puppy is not taught your expected behaviors (sit instead of jump for greetings) it will continue to behave like a dog. The success of your puppy obedience training will depend upon your approach to training.
Here are a few easy but important tips to help you get started with your puppy obedience training so that you will have that well-behaved adult dog you always wanted:
- Be Consistent. Train everyday. Keep your sessions short. Working with your new puppy three times a day for only 3 minutes will be plenty. Do not over work your puppy as both you and your puppy may become frustrated.
- Use positive training techniques. When you begin to train your puppy on commands like sits and downs, use a pleasant voice as you say, “Good puppy!” Follow your praise immediately with a yummy food treat. This way your puppy will know he did something to please you. Using positive training techniques with praise and treats works best for your puppy. It keeps the stress level down during training and it strengthens the bond between you and your puppy. Remember how I’ve taught you to wean OFF food treats!
- Teach your puppy to work for leadership. Teaching your puppy sits and downs gives your puppy a feeling of working for leadership and gives your puppy a job to do at the same time. This creates structure and
- expectations which will minimize your new puppy’s stress and anxiety.
- Exercise your puppy. Constructively manage your new puppy’s energy through frequent walks and obedience training rather than having your new puppy manage their energy in a destructive way.
- Have patience. Always be patient with your new puppy. Never yell or scream at your new puppy. End all training sessions on a positive note. If you find yourself getting frustrated, get a simple sit, praise your puppy and start the session again later.
As your puppy grows up into an adult dog he will respect you as you will respect him for the great puppy he is and everyone will enjoy having your well-behaved dog around.
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Be as comfortable with the trainer of your dog, as you are the teacher of your children. And remember: “Opportunity Barks”