Puppy obedience training is very important and it helps ensure a healthy relationship between you and your dog. Obedience training doesn’t solve all behavior problems, but it is the foundation for solving just about any problem. Read on to uncover more tips on behavior training for puppy that you can easily use in your dog training.
What is “Obedience Training?”
Obedience training is teaching your pet to perform certain acceptable behaviors in a certain sequence. The first part of the training is called “proofing” and it involves removing objects from his reach and moving them somewhere he can’t reach them. This proofing phase is often brief, as a dog is usually not trained that well at this stage.
The second part of the training is “maintenance.” During the maintenance phase, you will be training your dog with commands until he is completely competent.
“Maintenance” phase is where the hard work begins. It involves taking your dog outside or to the park and working on tricks such as sit, down, focus and sit-stay. You will constantly be training your puppy to follow your commands, and he will be doing much more than you ever thought it’s possible.
When is a Good Time to Start Training?
The answer to this varies depending on your dog’s age and personality. Puppies can learn faster than their adult counterparts, so that’s a good reason to start training early. Similarly, if you have recently acquired a dog but aren’t having trouble with his behavior, you should start now even if his behavior isn’t yet a problem. No matter what age your puppy is, it’s never too late to start training!
How to Get Started?
During the first two months of a puppy’s life, he is open to suggestions and training. Generally, his biggest concern is getting attention and playing. Keep these factors in mind as you shape his behavior.
You should always begin with short training lessons, not more than a few minutes long, ideally before he becomes bored or distracted. Be prepared to end a training session quickly and often, especially when your puppy loses focus. He may become bored and simply refuse to cooperate. In this case, you should consider sticking to a schedule of doing five or six five-minute sessions each day until your dog gets used to being around you.
It’s fine to add distractions to your dog’s training, especially when you are first starting out. But you should make sure to be gentle with the distractions, especially if you’re working on something that’s very difficult for your dog, like Sit, Stay, Down, etc.
For a start, train him with only one or two commands a day. You should aim to make it easy and not have to deal with too many distractions at once.
You may also want to invite a few of your family members to help out with the training. This will help to accommodate the different personalities as well as locations, and will provide a fresh batch of challenges for your puppy.
When you have loads of people coming over to help out, it provides an excellent way for your dog to expend some of his energy and become socialized to lots of new people.
If your new dog is frightened of the world, you may want to slowly introduce him to the training. To do this, first put him on a leash and keep him on it for a short period of time. Then bring him into the room that is already placed with treat you want him to sample.
If he starts to show fear, pull him back to the area that he is comfortable with and try placing a treat on the table for him to eat. Then bring him back into the room again, this time, staying out of sight and using a toy as a distraction. Repeat the process until he is comfortable.
A dog’s temperament and conduct should be taken into account during your dog obedience training. If you are training your dog to be more sociable, you may run into problems. Dogs being pack animals, hate being left alone. If your dog is shut away, he may become neurotic or even destructive.
Most dog trainers believe that the crucial learning periods for dogs occur before the age of five. Depending on the breed, two essential phases of dog training for obedience are the early stimulation periods between 4 to 8 weeks and the intense later development period between 8 to 12 weeks. In other words, the crucial periods occur at birth and at weaning.