Despite being domesticated, dogs are still an animal with a natural instinct to follow the pack. And from his point of view, his pack would be you and other family members. Dogs can be educated at a very young age on the rules of the pack. Waiting until your pup reaches 6 months or a year old to start training is just a waste of precious time. Puppies can perfectly learn instructions on where is their toilet area, or what parts of the house they are allowed to enter and which are forbidden for example. From 7 weeks, when your pup already gained independence from their mother, he is ready to learn the rules of coexistence and basic commands needed to become a member of the family pack.
A dog learns throughout their whole life. Even if you think that the training and educating process is all done, neglecting to teach your dog every now and then can make them acquire other unwanted habits. It is necessary to educate a puppy at a young age to facilitate the retention of information and make them more receptive.
And like humans, dogs also have different stages to learn. Each stage has a different level of difficulty.
In this way, we can divide your puppy training into 3 stages:
•From 7 weeks
•From 3 months
•From 6 months and older
This stage is when you just adopted your puppy and it’s his first time at home or it is the time to help the mother in educating the litter. During this age, you can teach your pup only a few, yet important things:
If your previous rules were all learned and maintained, then this stage should be easier for you and your pup. During this phase, your pup can learn to:
From 6 to 8 months, your pup can now be able to pick up more complex commands. Commands such as lie down, paw and other tricks that you want them to learn can be easily achieved at this phase. It is also the best time to start socializing with other dogs. From this point on, your dog probably knows the basic rules and acquired the necessary good habits in order to live with their human pack.
A well-trained pooch means multiple pairs of un-chewed shoes, fewer accidents to clean, and not to mention that a well-behaved dog reflects you as well. However, puppy training is never easy. So here are 10 must have puppy training tips for successful training! Ready. Set. Train!
Of course, patience is the number 1 tip. Keep in mind that your pup is just a baby and you are training him since he does not know any better. In the beginning, there will surely be accidents, so you need to be patient with him if you wish to achieve success.
In order to keep your puppy from being confused, you should always train with consistency. If you tell him one thing this day and teach him the exact opposite the next day, then you can’t expect him to properly learn.
Dogs need to know who is the “Alpha” or who is in charge from the very beginning. Confidently commanding him or holding onto his leash will let your dog know that he is not the one running the show, but you are.
Treats are by far the best training trick.If you wish to train your dog effectively then you need to find his “bribe”. Find a treat that will make your pup do backflips so that when you need to teach him more complicated commands, your pup will be more inclined to listen.
In holding his leash, you need to make sure that you do not hold it too tightly. You should allow enough slack so that your pup does not feel discomfort.
Replacement Theory is a method to keep your pup from chewing or biting on inappropriate things. Remember that he is just a baby and does not fully understand things, So, whenever you catch him nibbling with your shoe, take it away, firmly say no and replace it with something that he is allowed to chew on.
Most puppy owners tend to allow their puppy to nibble or chew on their feet and hands just because it is so darn cute and does not even hurt. However, when your puppy become a full-grown dog with a perfectly sharp set of teeth, he will love to bite you like old time sake and this time it will definitely hurt. It will be too late for you to train him out of it so you need to discourage biting and chewing from the very beginning.
Confinement is a good method when it comes to training your new puppy. Whenever your pup is alone or you are not there to keep an eye on him, you can keep him to a specific playroom just for him or on his crate. Most puppies will quickly learn to restrain their bladder since they do not want to make a mess on their personal space.
“Good boy!” - “Excellent job!” - “You did well today!” Always praise your dog every after successful training. He has worked hard to please you during his training so the least you can do is give him a lot of praise, petting or playtime. This will guarantee that he will show up for his next training session with his tail wagging and ready to learn.
There is nothing that a pup can do wrong and requires cruelty. Keep in mind that they just want to please you and is trying their very best to do that. If you consistently stop your pup in the middle of his wrongdoing and sternly saying “No” or doing the ignoring theory, then the point should be made and your pup will learn bit by bit. Remember: Negative attention is still attention to a pup. So if you ignore him or stop him, then you are showing him that his actions are unacceptable or that he will not get any attention from you if he keeps on doing it.
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Mo believes that all doggies are good doggies (and that includes the ones who get their noses in the trash and the ones who chew up the couch). She is GoodDoggies.Online's resident dog mom and her experiences with her dog Delilah, affectionately known as the obedience school dropout, has encouraged Mo to start an online resource for other dog parents like her who want to try out DIY Dog Training. So whatever your dog’s issue is, we hope you find what you’re looking for here. And don’t forget, all doggies are good doggies!
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