House-training your dog can be frustrating, but it is not impossible if you set time aside to make it happen. Patience and time are the keys to teaching your new puppy what to do and what not to do and the following tips on how to train your dog at home will make it happen.
Proper training at the puppy stage will help you enjoy your dog a lot longer and there will be many years of happy times together.
The Right Attitude – You should never assume the puppy is going to learn the right lessons (without your assistance of course!). You will need to be patient and consistent in your efforts.
While you may be tempted to respond to the whim of the puppy, it is important to realize that most puppies will need to go outdoors within 10-15 minutes after they eat or drink, after they wake up from a nap, and after exercise. As you are providing food and water for the puppy several times during the day, you will need to provide a consistent time for your pup to relieve itself.
Maintain routines – The puppy’s home is probably going to be his regular area, so it’s important to set up a consistent place for him to sleep and eat. This is usually the kitchen since it is where you can have easy access to the food and drinks for him.
Use the same words for telling the puppy what to do. The puppy learn from consistent repetition. They respond to words that are repeated, so it’s important to use the same words each time. Each time your puppy needs to go out for a potty break, use the same words. For example, when you want the puppy to go potty, use the word “go outside”.
It’s recommended that you set aside 30 minutes at least once a day to focus on basic puppy training. Behavior teaching should be incorporated from the very start. Dogs are very intelligent and are always willing to learn. You will find that they respond well to praise and rewards, so developing positive routines within short sessions will reap great rewards in the long run.
You will quickly discover that your little puppy has a mind of her own. While they are still puppies they can be easily distracted by new sights and smells. We recommend that you try and keep training sessions to no longer than 15 minutes. Always remember that your puppy will have a short attention span, and keep training session short and fun.
No matter what age your puppy is, crate training can greatly help with a number of behavioral issues. By crate training your puppy, you are restricting her access to the house until she is fully trained. Please be patient and consistent, and realize that puppies have very small bladder control. As a result, it’s not uncommon for puppies to eliminate indoors in the first few weeks of training.
The crate and training schedule are perhaps the most significant components of how to train your puppy. Crate training is recommended for your puppy with the goal of providing a place where your puppy can nap or relax when you’re not around. The idea is that if your puppy is contained in her crate, she will sleep until you return home.
One method that is gaining popularity is the use of a clicker for training your dog. This type of method has proven to be an effective way to training a dog by allowing you to use positive reinforcement and no punishment, which is believed to be a better approach that using punishment to re-train your pet.
This type of method involves a clicker device that you click whenever your dog is doing something you approve of. This type of method is very popular with dog trainers because it is positive reinforcement, does not hurt the dog in any way and does not get your dog upset, and works very well.
As you can see, there are many things to consider when training your dog at home. A lot of dog raising success can be done without having to raise your voice or resorted to “punishment” techniques. With a little direction and patience, you will build a loving relationship with your puppy that will last for years.