Get your new puppy trained on the basics is very important as it will set the behavior pattern for him as he grows up. A new puppy brought into a home can turn into an older dog much faster than you can think of. Once he gets older, it become a challenge to control, because older dog is more powerful and will have a different agenda than the puppy.
You need to be mentally prepared that dog training takes time, patience and consistency. If you follow these 3 golden rules to train your puppy, you won’t go wrong.
First establish yourself as the leader of the pack or the “alpha dog”. Second, don’t give your puppy any opportunity to test your authority. And thirdly, don’t be abusive towards your dog.
Train your puppy to understand what you want. You don’t want to be over the top with your commands that your dog is reluctant to pay attention to. You don’t want to sound demanding or too soft or your puppy won’t take you seriously.
Be firm and friendly. Use short commands like “Come”, “Sit”, “Stay”, “Down”, etc. Use your voice with authority and not yelling, but saying, “Hey!” in a firm tone to catch your puppy attention.
This is important too, train your puppy to understand that you will not tolerate any more misbehavior. If you catch him in the act of misbehaving, make a clap on your hand to let him know that you are not happy with his action. You don’t want to directly hit him, but the intention is to let him know that you are displeased with his behavior.
Barking is a behavior that dogs use to communicate. Not all barking is bad, it is the attempt to warn you of danger, or just to talk to you in a playful way. However, you don’t want your puppy to be barking too much just because he wants to communicate. This is not healthy for him and could actually be dangerous. Your puppy may be trying to talk to you to get his way!
Treats are the best way to train a puppy. However, you must be careful not to give treat when your puppy gets up from a nap and starts jumping on you. Don’t get caught, just say “off” while pushing his face away. Then just give him a treat and praise him.
If you apply this principle, he will soon learn that jumping is not a desired behavior. But if you reward him for jumping up on you and give him a treat each time, you will have him jumping every time he wants a treat.
Conversely, you can also apply this same principle if you want him to quit jumping on you or anyone else. The way to do that is to simply ignore his attention whenever he do this action. All you have to do is turn your back to him and ignore him and soon he will quit his attention seeking actions.
Good behavior training for your puppy is an ongoing process and not a short one. There are reward schedules for every step along the way. Letting your puppy slowly earns the treats, toys, and attention he gets will make your training a success.
The reward should be given immediately following every behavior, or before the behavior, so that he associates the reward with the behavior. So, if you ask your dog to come to you, reward him immediately, and then release him again. If you ask your puppy to sit, reward him after telling him to sit, and then release him.
Punishment can be given following an unwanted behavior, like chewing and attacks. Instead of punishing your dog for chewing, for instance, try to replace the undesired behavior (chewing) with a chew toy. Some dogs chew out of boredom, so that is a good reason to give the dog plenty of exercise.
You need to understand you are going to work with your puppy, and that there will be times when he repeats the unwanted behavior. When that happens, you need to correct him, and when you correct him, you should never use physical force on him.
Using punishment to stop a dog behavior that you do not want is never a good idea. You should never hit the dog, not even a light smack on the top of the head or flicking him in the butt. The idea is to get him understand that you are the boss, not him.
Just remember that any behavior that you are teaching your dog (even when just a puppy), will take time and a lot of consistent reinforcement. Never ever break off a session with the attitude that it is useless.
Dogs have short term memory spans so don’t get frustrated if they don’t understand what you want them to do next. As you gain understanding and patience, these behavior issues will disappear.
You will master dog obedience training through consistency in your communications with your beloved pooch. Be patient and realize that your puppy is not being disobedient on purpose. He is simply confused by your rules!