Tips For Training Your Puppy

Rescuing a puppy in need of food, warmth, shelter, and love is a heart-motivated event. Inviting your new friend into your home, a joy-filled act of love and compassion that is often amongst a pet owner’s most cherished memories.

Begin Basic Obedience Training Early

The first few weeks of your puppy’s time in his new environment should be focused primarily on socializing and bonding. Begin basic training early. Be a leader and establish boundaries and a pup’s house training process.

To avoid chewed up shoes and soiled carpets, note unwanted behavior with a stern “No” command and positive behavior with “Good Dog”, a tasty treat and loving praise. Be firm in voice and actions. Your dog senses your level of confidence and responses accordingly. It is a whole lot easier to teach your puppy how you want him to behave now than to try to correct bad habits later. While your puppy’s body is still growing, his brain is fully developed and ready to learn.

Just remember puppies are young, curious, and have a short attention span becoming easily bored or distracted. Keep lesson times brief, but frequent throughout the day. A puppy is constantly learning; train early and train often. Make sure your dog learns positive lessons and not the wrong ones.

Always be consistent with your commands. In all circumstances use the same primary words such as “come”, “sit”, “stay”, and “down”. These are the same commands you will use throughout your dog’s life. Whatever words you choose for these basic instructions does not matter, just be sure to always use the same command for each desired positive behavior. It is imperative that you can control your dog to ensure his/her safety.

The best way to ensure that your new pet will become an obedient and pleasing companion is to train your pup well from the start. A well-socialized dog is relaxed, friendly, and at ease around new people and in new situations. During training, reward positive response to your command with a tasty treat, effusive praise, and physical affection. You are the “Alpha” leader and your dog wants to please.

Puppy “Boot Camp”

Look online or in the phone book to locate a local puppy “boot camp” program for early dog training. Interacting with other dogs is a great way for your puppy to learn to socialize and get over separation anxiety from his/her littermates.

Ask Others For Help

Seek help from other family members and friends. Enlist the help of older children in the training process so that they can learn along with the new addition to the family. The more people you can involve in your dog’s training, the better. You don’t want your dog to view you as the only individual whose commands he must obey. Having other people involved in your dog’s training is also helpful in keeping him from regressing in your absence.

Special Training Treats

Training treats should be small and highly flavorful with a strong scent. Professional trainers, often use dehydrated bites of chicken liver or salmon jerky nuggets. Find a special treat that your puppy especially enjoys and reserve it for training rewards only.

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