That puppy is so cute and our little child will just love it for her birthday. Have you, or someone you know, ever said that and then you get home with the little fuzz ball and all the accoutrements and wonder what in the world now? Why, training of course. This article can give you a few tips for getting started.
When walking your dog on a leash, never keep the leash too tight. A tight leash creates a counter pressure response and can cause the dog to become uptight or agitated. Your dog may then pull, rather than walk correctly on the leash. Being less restrictive with your leash hold will allow for a more pleasant walking experience.
One of the most important things to remember when training your dog is that it is a lifelong process. Many owners think that once their pet has the basics down, the training process is over. Dogs, much like people, learn throughout their lives, and consistent training will help them to be well-behaved and friendly.
Many puppies like to use their mouths to play because that is how they played with their litter mates. This should be discouraged as soon as possible after your puppy comes home. It may be cute when a seven pound puppy pulls on your arm or shirt sleeve, but I assure you, it isn’t as cute when a fifty pound dog does it.
If you are trying to train a teething puppy not to chew on your clothing or belongings, give it an appropriate item on which to chew. Teething puppies have an instinctive need to chew, in order to relieve the pain. However, don’t give your puppy old shoes or clothing, as they will learn that those items are okay to chew on.
Your training sessions should be short. Because dogs do not have a long attention span, short lessons will keep them from getting bored. Allow you dog a break every fifteen and then resume training if desired.
Be very mindful of the way you speak to your dog when you train him. Dogs are often closely attuned to a trainer’s mindset and feelings. A firm but stern tone should be enough to reinforce discipline.
Participating in a group class can be a very effective way to train your dog. Group classes are almost always less expensive than individual training sessions. They also offer your dog the opportunity to socialize with other pets. Look for a smaller group though, so that you still have plenty of one on one interaction with the trainer.
To help your puppy learn good bathroom habits, training them using a crate is a great idea. Dogs don’t like using the bathroom near where they sleep or spend much time, so take advantage of this natural preference of dogs and teach them to use the bathroom outside or in a desired area.
Well, you have made it through the first several months, or even year, that you brought home that fuzz ball. Through trials and tribulations, praise and happiness, you and Fido have finally come to the realization that you are each in your forever home and you both know how to behave.