Just like humans, dogs are social animals naturally accustomed to living in “packs.” Your puppy will be a member of your family, and it’s up to you to learn how to train your puppy and teach him the rules of the house to abide by. He’ll come to respect the rules you lay out for him. All it takes is for you and your family to lead the way. Read on to learn how to get started and discover some great puppy training tips.
To stop any of your puppy’s inappropriate behaviour, follow these basic steps:
Your puppy has a lot to learn, and it may take him some time to learn the ropes. It’s important that you show him positive reinforcement along the way. Many people opt to punish their puppy during training when he does something “wrong.” However, it’s better to motivate him through praise or petting him when he follows the rules.
If you find that using praise is not enough to motivate him, using treats in moderation or playing fetch as a reward is a good alternative. By using positive reinforcement during training, your puppy will learn to associate training time and behaving well with praise, affection or treats. This positive association will also make your pet want to listen to you and behave well.
These are some basic guidelines on how to train a puppy. Remember, every puppy is different so you may have to change things up to get your training technique to work. If your puppy doesn’t seem to be making progress, you may want to seek out a qualified puppy trainer or behaviour professional.
The moment your puppy enters your home, you should start your training! Show him right from wrong on his first day with you, and continue to reinforce these rules as he grows up. When training make sure to:
If you miss something in your training, don’t worry. Contrary to popular belief, you can teach an old dog new tricks! If you have any problems during training, make sure to talk to your veterinarian.
You and your puppy have a strong connection, so clear and consistent communication is key when training him. Teach him positive actions by rewarding him and teach him “no” by guiding him to do the correct thing. It’s essential that you are explicit when teaching him right or wrong, otherwise, he’ll get confused.
Be firm, consistent and patient. Keep showing your puppy what to do until he responds, then praise him. If you’re not consistent, he won’t be either.
Giving your puppy a treat or kibble can be a good way to reward him for learning. However, your puppy has to work to earn that treat. This also should not be his only reward in the long-run. While it’s ok to start training with treats, you should gradually replace treats with praise. Pretty soon, praise will become the only thing your puppy needs to behave well.
Misbehaviour from your puppy is expected. Your puppy misbehaves because he thinks that it is okay to act that way. It is your job to teach him otherwise. Remember to catch him in the act and not to punish him for something he did in the past. He won’t know what you’re punishing him for unless you connect it to an action that occurred very recently.
Here are some basic commands to get you started on your training journey with your puppy!