Learning how to train a puppy is one of the most essential task for any puppy owner. These free puppy training tips, together with your love, patience and commitment, will surely 'mold' that new puppy into the dog of your dream!
You might be concerned if these free puppy training tips can help, because after all, how many kinds of dogs are there? They must all be different, right?
It's true that learning specific breed traits plays an important part in understanding how to train your puppy. After-all different breeds are breed for different purposes, and all dogs are unique with varying degree of learning capabilities.
But different as they are, here are some 'principles' that will work on almost any puppy.
The idea of toilet training your puppy is to have him/her eliminate at a consistent timing and at the 'desired' place.
New puppies can hold up to an hour and with the following months to come, their 'holding power' stretches. Use this information and effectively gauge when to take them out for potty. Don't forget to reward them after a successful poop to let them know they have done the right thing at the right place.
Puppy Out on the Block
Puppy socialization is very important for all puppies. Positive exposure is fundamental in learning how to train a puppy, if you want your puppy to learn how to interact positively with living beings, and more often than not, other pets for that matter.
Puppy training classes are recommended so that your puppy learn to interact with other dogs in a controlled environment. As always, end every training class with lots of praises, a treat, or both!
It is perfectly natural for a dog to bark, well, it's basically their only means to "voice out" . But if you notice that your puppy barks often and out of habit, then it would be a different story...
Firstly, learn the reasons behind these barking, whether it's a playful bark or one that emphasizes that they saw something like a squirrel running across your yard.
If it's a sound that annoys them, a good idea would be to keep on repeating that sound, eventually conditioning them that having the sound around is 'normal'.
Teaching them to obey simple command like "quiet!" will help a lot too.
Puppies that nip, bite or mouth is normal as irritation sets in when puppies start to grow their teeth. With that understanding aside, teething is also a great time for her to learn good chewing habits in order to prevent behavior issue when they grow up.
The tip here is to enforce a strategy whenever they nip, but make sure it is consistent with every other person (namely family,friends) in contact with the puppy so as not to confuse it.
Whatever strategy you use, never choose one that involves physical abuse such as slapping or hitting. Aside from being unkind, this encourages fear imprintment.
Puppy On a Leash
It's nice to have a puppy walk alongside the you (owner) with a loose leash. Training your puppy, especially those of large breeds to walk on leash is especially important for both you and your canine buddy's safety.
Firstly, let your puppy get used to having that collar on him, then add the leash for a while and let him drag it around the house, after some time your puppy will get accustom to it. Than practice walking him at home on the leash, and praise him whenever he trots alongside you, if he/she doesn't, tug on the leash gently along with simple command such as 'No!' or 'Follow!'.
Learning how to train a puppy is a very rewarding experience and it isn't as hard as many claim it to be. The key here is to start early. Together with the right knowledge and consistency, time spent training and bonding with your new pup will be rewarded with a well-behaved and loyal companion for many years to come!
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