Are you eager to begin training your puppy? That’s great! In this article I will outline a few free puppy training tips for you to get started!
The first thing you need to do is to figure out if your puppy is ready for training. Training will only be effective when your puppy is more than 6 months old. You have to continuously give very specific instructions to your puppy during your training till he catches on. Positive reinforcement is the key to success.
Keep in mind that yelling at your puppy will not accomplish your training goal as he will simply ignore your commands. Many people forget to use a reward for the positive behavior shown by their dog. Giving them a treat or praise will let them know that their good behavior is appreciated by their owner.
Puppies have short focus spans. They live in the moment. Focus on what your puppy did 15 seconds ago or what he is doing now, and praise him for it. If you catch him in the act of doing something that he should not be doing, you should use a loud noise (make a clap) to startle him and call him to you. When he did come to you, praise him for it.
As you continue to train your dog, make sure that you arm yourself with a bag of treats. This is the best way for your dog to learn. A treat is the preferred method of positive reinforcement because it will let your dog knows that he is on the right track.
It is also important to understand that just because you are using a treat, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your puppy. You want to do all you can to make the training fun. This can be done by strategically dropping treats and toys along the path that your puppy is taking. You can also offer more rewards like verbal praise or extra petting.
Don’t be afraid to give your puppy a firm verbal command too. You don’t want your dog to be afraid to listen to you. Instead, you want him to associate a verbal command with a movement or action.
Your puppy is exposed to a variety of new situations such as a trip to a supermarket, the groomer or the vet, and he will need to learn how to socialize so as to be able to handle any new environment without getting upset.
When you set up the socialization process as a positive experience, rather than a negative one, you are helping your dog to build up his sense of identity. This is essential if you wants your pup to grow up to be a dog who is well rounded and not combative and aggressive.
It is undeniable that socialization is often difficult and time-consuming, but it’s well worth the effort in the long run. You would want your dog to be just as comfortable as sitting next to you or with your friends as he is to any other dogs. Socialization isn’t just about teaching him to handle new experiences. It’s also about teaching him what to expect.
Your ultimate goal is to help your dog make those experiences positive ones. A puppy that is properly socialized can make the transition from an uncertain world to a world of freedom. That means your dog can learn to enjoy his world even when you aren’t there.
We’ve often heard pet owners complaining that when they are at home, their dogs bark nonstop. Their dog’s world has turned upside down and it’s scary for both the dog and the owner. This is why socialization is something that you need to train for your dog, preferably in the early stage of adoption.
The key to a well socialized dog is being able to have lots of social experiences. The more experiences they have before they reach the age of four to six months, the better they will be. The more they are socialized during this crucial time, the more stable they will be as adults.
Your attempts on dog training will be more effective if you take steps to help your dog feels at ease. This can be done by providing a warm and comfortable place for your pet to sleep, and providing your dog with plenty of dog toys to entertain him.
Many mistakes can be made during the training process that will prevent the bond between you and your puppy from taking hold. Maintaining control of your puppy, staying assertiveness, and being the alpha are the most important skills that you can learn to teach your puppy.
Keep in mind that all dog training needs to be done on a consistent basis. If you practice and regularize your training, your dog will respond to you because you have strive and followed the plan. If you act like you don’t have control over your dog or if you aren’t consistent, you will never achieve your goals. So start training your dog from day one with a simple plan, and then stick with it.