So, you’ve got a new puppy in your family. This is a fascinating time. Very soon, you’ll learn that it’s a hectic time, too. You’re going to have a lot to do, and the puppy has a lot to learn. It’s time to start training your puppy.
It’s totally up to you to teach him how to learn to live in his new environment. You’re going to be the influence of what kind of dog he’s going to develop and grow to be.
You have the chance to shape the character, the behavior, the attitude, and even the habits that this little fur-ball will develop over time. To sum it all up, the future of the puppy is in your hands.
The question is, will your puppy be well adapted to his environment, or will become socially incompatible with his environment. Without proper training, it could have been a nightmare.
Training your new puppy isn’t going to be just a game and fun all the time. Training a puppy is a very serious business.
Training Your Puppy – when to start.
Right from the moment you bring it home, you are going to train your puppy and start the house training. Puppies begin to learn from birth, and good breeders start handling and socializing right away.
Some training can start as soon as the puppy can open his eyes and walk around. Young puppies have limited attention span, but you can expect them to start learning simple obedience commands, like “down,” “sit,” and “stay,” as young as 7 to 8 weeks of age.
The dog learns from every experience, and postponing training means a missed opportunity for the dog to learn to communicate. During the juvenile stage, the dog begins to solidify adult behavioral patterns and progress through a time of fear.
Behaviors learned in puppy life may need to be changed. Also, anything that has been learned or trained incorrectly will have to be undone and re-taught. Puppies are capable of learning a lot from an early age.
Behaviors to Watch Out For
It is important to know what kind of issues you are looking to avoid teaching your dog good habits right from the start. Some pet parents are hoping to avoid excessive barking.
In contrast, others are worried about their dog chewing on non-food items (such as dangerous houseplants or shoes). Digging, biting, begging, urinating at home, and stealing food are other issues that pet parents want to avoid.
Reading Your Puppy’s Body Language
Dinner time is often one of the toughest times to teach your puppy obedience. He sees you as the leader of the pack, eating a delicious meal, and he looks at you with his big puppy eyes, and you cannot help but give in. This is where you need to be strong and stop feeding him with table scraps.
This will help to keep the unwanted weight off and teach him that begging does not get him anywhere. Ensure that the whole family follows this rule. Bad training behavior of a family member can undo everything you are trying to teach your pup.
Signs of Aggression or Submission
If your puppy feels brave or aggressive, he’s going to try to make himself bigger by standing tall, holding his ears and tail upright. He’s going to push out his chest, too, and raise his hair on his neck and back. He may also growl and wave his tail gradually.
On the other hand, a submissive dog is going to try to make himself appear small and act like a puppy. This is because an adult dog is going to “tell off” a puppy, but not attack it.
Submission is going to take the form of a sideways crouch near the ground, his tail kept low but wagging away. He may also attempt to lick the face of a dominant dog or a human being. He might even roll on his back.
In either case, you’re going to need to help train him out of these behaviors. Either by reducing aggressiveness or helping him to feel more comfortable and not shrink back.
Barking or Whining
While whining and barking can make you a little annoying or even embarrassing, you have to remember that it is a normal part of your dog’s communication and behavior. So, it is necessary to work with your pup to know when it is all right to bark, and when it is not. You want your dog to alert you, after all, if he hears an intruder, but not every time he sees a squirrel.
Whining, on the other hand, is something that you should never reward.
When your dog is whining, and you comfort him, you’re just tolerating his behavior, and he’s going to keep whining so you can come and comfort him. In this case, you’re going to have to ignore your puppy whines — yes, it’s going to be very difficult.
Still, you’re going to appreciate it when the whining stops, and you can finally get a full night’s sleep.
At the end of the day, socialization with children and other animals is a key reason why people begin to train puppy obedience. To invite people to your home and bring your dog out in public, you want to feel confident that you can communicate with your puppy in a safe social way.
Children often make pets very sketchy, so showing them how to behave around kids— even if they don’t live in your home — is an integral part of the workout. Your dog may still be walking with children, and you want to know that their often erratic or in-your-face behavior will not upset or scare your pet.
While you may be more interested in one or two issues, it is important to work on all forms of socialization and behavior training when you introduce home-based obedience training. Having a concept of what you want to concentrate on at the beginning will help you get off to the right page. Just remember to touch on all behavior concerns all through the time you spend training.
· Basic obedience
· Types of Dog Training
· Puppy socialization
· Crate training
· Types of training your puppy will need to receive
· Leash training
· Puppy house training
How to Train a Puppy
The best way to train your puppy is to use a non-violent, positive method. Praise, reward, and a lot of encouragement will be needed in your training. Training should begin as soon as your puppy arrives at your home.
Put your efforts to develop the behavior you want your puppy to exhibit and prevent unwanted habits. It is best to get your puppy started correctly, rather than having to change behavior later in life after bad practices have been developed.
Training sessions should be consistent, fun, and short. Start with easy commands using a method of repetition and consistency. Build trust and respect with your puppy rather than using punishment as a way to learn.
It is going to be important to remember that your student is just a puppy and very immature at this time. Don’t expect too much. Keep your expectations up to date. Establish a training program to build a strong bond between you and your puppy.
How Much Time Am I Supposed to Spend on Training My Puppy Every Day?
You do not really need to train in a set session every day. Instead, combine these tasks all day. The goal is to have at least 15 minutes of training every day. These can be short five-minute sessions spread for the whole day. Try to get all the family members to ask your puppy to do these assignments. Get to try and train in every room of your place. You want your puppy to “sit,” “stay,” and “lie down,” everywhere, not just at the training location. Practice wherever you want your puppy to behave and feel relaxed and comfortable in the future.
Puppy Training Tools
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PetSafe Stay & Play Compact Wireless Fence
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Paw Lifestyles – Dog Treat Training Pouch
Quality pouch to securely hold in generous amounts of dog training treats, accessories, and dog toys.
Glad for Pets Black Charcoal Puppy Pads
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Adjustable Dog Bells for Potty Training
An easier, better way for your dog to communicate! Instead of hearing barking and scratching from the doorbell.