Puppy Training Essentials for New Owners
Any responsible dog owner knows the importance of training every puppy. While they might be cute enough to consider letting them get away with bad behavior, you’ll do yourself and your dog a favor when he grows up if you stick to the training. In this article, we’re going to cover the 5 essentials that every dog owner needs to remember during the puppy training phase. While it might be a challenging few months, it will be worth it in the end.
If you adopted or purchased your puppy alone, this isn’t as big of an issue as your commands and training will be consistent coming from just you. However, if you have family members or roommates that will regularly interact with your puppy, consistency from everyone is key. This way, your puppy will learn behavior expectations quickly and that he must listen to each person.
According to Rover, socialization is huge. Young puppies go through a critical socialization period. Did you know that in the first year of your dog’s life he should meet over 100 people? Be sure to expose him—with positive reinforcement—to all sorts of items, sounds, and experiences. This will help him to not be scared or reactive to these sounds, and more importantly, to be confident. Everything from firework noises, to doorbells, large crowds, and various types of people should be encountered.
Keep it short.
Host short yet frequent training sessions to acclimate your puppy. This will keep your puppy’s mind sharp without overexerting him or making him get rebellious out of boredom or frustration.
Using short training sessions with high-value rewards keeps your dog focused on the lesson at hand and keeps training time a fresh and fun activity she looks forward to, instead of a boring rehash of memorized tricks.
If you don’t want your full-grown dog to engage in a particular bad behavior, it’s important to start out by nipping these problem actions in the bud. Puppies are notorious for being mouthy, having accidents, and barking excessively. Correct these behaviors while your puppy is still young to prevent unwanted adult behaviors.
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