When you first get a new puppy, the last thing you want to think about is puppy dog training. They are so cute and cuddly, all you want to do is play with them and have fun. Unfortunately, this is the most important time for you to train them and the clock begins ticking the moment you bring them into your presence. Dogs need structure and a certain amount of routine and they certainly need your leadership. If you have just gotten a new dog, here are some basic puppy dog training principles that you need to implement immediately.
Puppy Dog Training Basics
Dogs learn best from positive reinforcement
Throughout all your training, remember this important theme. The reason why is because dogs are often “punished” and only learn to fear their owners. The truth is, this teaches them nothing but fear and aggression. If instead, you focus on praising them when they “get it right” you will have a well adjusted and happy puppy.
Patience will be your best friend
The odds are pretty good that your new puppy is going to test you to the end of your limits at some point. Whether it is peeing on your new carpet or eating your brand new shoes, the problems will come eventually. Understand that you will have some collateral damages, and that being patient to your puppy will pay off.
Never yell at your dog
When your dog hears you yelling, he hears barking. He may not even realize that he did anything wrong. If he does, he will hear an aggressive barking and that is even worse. Regardless, speaking in a firm, even tone is far more effective when correcting your dog. They will get the information clearly and you will not be yelling and losing your voice for nothing.
Make sure they have their own space
Dogs are just like people in that they like to have their own areas. For some dogs that means crate training and for others it might be a portion of the back yard. No matter where the space is, allow them to have some freedom there on a regular basis. It will help them to feel secure in their new home.
Dedicate daily time to training
Your puppy is going to need your attention to learn the ropes and you will only get there through steady training sessions. Make them fairly short so that you don’t lose your audience and always remember that some fun and treats should be involved. This will keep your puppy looking forward to training time and you motivated to provide it.
Puppy dog training is not a complicated process if you remember these basics and stick to a solid program. There are countless programs all over the place and you can even find them online. Just make sure they are not aggression based and that they take a positive approach to your dog’s well being.