Getting a new pup can be very exciting. However, training needs to begin immediately. Whether you decide to train your dog yourself, enroll him in classes, or hire a private trainer, there are some basic training tips that should be knocked out right away.
Puppy Training Basics
Puppy Training Tip #1
Decide on the basic house rules. Before you bring your dog home, you need to determine what he can and can’t do. Is your dog allowed on furniture or the bed? Are any parts of the house banned? If the rules are decided early on, you can avoid confusion with your dog.
Puppy Training Tip #2
Teach him to come when he is called. Training your dog to come is the very first command to be mastered. Since he’ll be coming to you, your master status will be enforced. Get level to level with your pooch and tell him to come using his name. When he comes to you, use positive reinforcement by saying ‘good dog’ or offering him a treat. Try calling his name when he’s distracted. This training tip is by far the most important.
Puppy Training Tip #3
Set up his private den. Your dog needs his own private space too. Whether you choose to give your dog a designated couch, chair, or doggy bed, he needs a private area of his own. He’ll definitely benefit from short periods of alone time. If your dog stays relaxed and quiet, reward him. His den, which will also be known as a form of a crate, will be a vital tool in housetraining.
Puppy Training Tip #4
Discourage him from biting or nipping. Contrary to popular belief, scolding your dog when he nips or bites isn’t the best way to stop it. Instead, pretend you are in an immense amount of pain whenever he bites you. He’ll be so surprised and startled that he’ll be likely to stop. If this doesn’t work, you can try swapping a chew toy for your hand or leg. He’ll prefer the toy anyway. The swap trick also works when he’s into your favorite sandals.
Puppy Training Tip #5
Reward good behavior. Reward your puppy’s good behavior with loads of positive reinforcement. There are many different ways to reward your pup. You can use treats, toys, bones, or love. Let your dog know when he’s doing a good job. On the contrary, make sure you punish your dog when he misbehaves so he knows that he’s doing wrong.
We hope these tips will ensure a steady, smooth, and successful training for your new pup.