How to Train a Puppy, Potty Training a Puppy, House Training a Puppy
How to Train a Puppy – The Easy Way.
In this section you will learn how to train a puppy fast and effectively.
We have included lots of free puppy training tips to help you and your puppy succeed. We have started with the basics on this page and at the bottom of the page we have continued with more advanced training techniques for you and your puppy to learn.
Remember it is always a good idea to get the whole family involved with training a new pup and just like a puppy – your children are never too young to start learning the puppy training basics.
So lets get started…
How to Train a Puppy
Puppy Training Basics
When I first became interested in dog and puppy obedience training I started by watching puppies interacting with each other.
By doing this it made it much easier for me to learn how to train a puppy faster, because I started to understand puppy behavior and their individual characters.
When you first bring your puppy home and hold and cuddle him you need to realize that yes you can have all the fun and games and all the wonderful play time but it’s vitally important to start the training process early – as soon as possible.
This will ultimately bring you both closer and avoid any behavior problems later in life.
How to Train a Puppy – Starting Early
When you are working, playing or anything with your puppy it’s important to realize that you are teaching him something with every gesture, hand signal or verbal command.
I have spoken to new owners of puppies and they could not believe the amount of work training a puppy could be.
They hadn’t envisaged the pooping, chewing and other puppy house training problems that are normally associated with the purchase of a new puppy.
Once your puppy is fully grown it may become harder to get fast training results – so start early.
- It is possible to train a puppy if they have picked up bad habits – but it may take a little longer. Puppy potty training should also be started from an early age before bad habits take route.
- Many things are learnt as a child and this is the same with a puppy – from the age of 5-7 weeks – a puppy learns many of it’s social skills that help it to interact in a positive way with humans and other dogs in later life.
- A puppy wants to learn but as with children allow time for breaks and play-time – this will help establish a routine.
How to Train a Puppy – Establishing a Routine.
In the first few days of owning a puppy it’s important that you don’t put too much pressure on him. With any young animal a puppy needs time to relax in peace and quiet and get used to his new environment.
However, it is still important to establish a puppy obedience training routine where you balance play-time with exposing your puppy to new and varied situations.
How to Train a Puppy – Puppy Socialization.
Start socializing your puppy early.
Be cautious but not over cautious – find the right balance when it come to exposing your puppy to new situations.
- Introduce your puppy to children and people of different ages and gender and other dogs – if your puppy associates pleasant experiences early on with different situations – this will only help in his adult behavior.
- Go to a busy street away from the House where you can expose your puppy to Cars, Motorbikes, lamp posts and different road surfaces.
- Get your puppy used to lifts, stairs anywhere that isn’t too stressful but teaches your puppy.
- Introduce your puppy to crate training, leash training and more advanced obedience training as soon as you have mastered some of the previous training techniques.
How to Train a Puppy
Patience, Consistancy and Persistance
There are varying arguments as to how much you can train a puppy in the first few months of their life as each puppy has different learning needs and develop at different speeds – so it is important to take this into account when you are training your puppy.
You should not expect a puppy of six months old to know its name, the stay command, come command or be able to walk on a lead.
- It doesn’t really matter what gestures or verbal commands that you use to teach your puppy – but you need to use the same commands every-time this will stop your puppy from getting confused.
- Keep training sessions short and fun – use reward based methods known as positive reinforcement as this really works.
- Never ever use any physical or unnecessary force – this will raise your puppy into an aggressive dog.
When puppy obedience training it’s best to use a large enclosed room away from any distractions – such as children, noise and passing cars.
How to Train a Puppy – Supervision
You are in charge – so get the environment right – this will tell your puppy who’s in charge and set the right tone.
You don’t want him to have the chance to practice naughty behavior.
If your puppy never has the chance to eliminate inside
you are creating a positive and consistent education environment.
You have created the environment so it’s up to you to make sure that he never has the chance to poop indoors.
To prevent accidents – you need to watch your puppy like a hawk. If you have a toy breed it won’t take a second for him to pee – so I mean it watch him like a hawk.
For every accident that your puppy has inside he is practicing behavior that YOU don’t want – and you are both taking a step backwards.
Even a few seconds without could set back the puppy obedience training process- I know it sounds daunting but it will work.
Once you have created your environment, it will become a habit for you to watch your puppy and manage the environment remember you will be learning this routine together!
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