Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Training A Puppy - How To Have A Happy, Well Behaved Puppy

Training A Puppy
The Puppy, seen in Megalochori of Santorini (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you're a beginner at training a puppy, you're more than likely wanting some advice on what will work to get your puppy to behave. The advice below will be of great help for training your puppy.

Among the initial commands a puppy should learn is "leave it," which instructs the puppy to drop whatever it has and step away from it. This command is a great way to avoid damaging furniture or eating dangerous things.

One thing to remember when puppy training is that all your actions are molding its behavior and personality. Keep this in mind, because negative behaviors toward the puppy might have a lasting impact. Do your best to lead your puppy in a positive direction.

Training your puppy will take work, but it is definitely doable. It isn't that hard to train, even if you don't have much time.

Repetition is what causes a puppy to learn. It may take as many as fifty repetitions before your puppy learns the command. Keep trying, your puppy will pick it up.

When correcting your puppy, be concise. Do not waste time ranting about how bad your puppy is. Inform them of your disapproval and move on. Additionally, you can raise the tone of your voice for emphasis.

If you want to be a good trainer, then you have to be firm and consistent. Try not to yell though, as negative reinforcement does not work. This fosters a strong relationship between you and your puppy.

If you are consistent, your puppy can learn to "hold it." If at home, be sure to spend some time with him and bring him outside every 50 minutes. Praise him when he uses the bathroom outside. Don't punish your puppy for eliminating inside the house. Yelling does not teach, and the puppy won't understand why you're upset. Make it a rule that fifteen minutes after the puppy eats or drinks, he is taken out for a walk. As well, he should be taken out each time he is let out of the crate.

If you want to train a well-behaved puppy, you should never walk it with a tight leash. With a tight leash, the puppy will always want to pull against it. You do not want your puppy to have this response. To help avoid this situation, leave slack in your puppy's leash.

When a puppy jumps up on you, grab its paws with your hand and lightly squeeze to let them know that it is unacceptable behavior. This does not hurt the puppy if you do it lightly, but it is an uncomfortable feeling for them. Eventually, they'll quit jumping on other people because they'll start associating jumping with this pinching.

Your puppy can provide clear indications of his wants, needs and preferences. If your puppy seems uncomfortable when associating with new animals or people, do not press the issue. He is uneasy for a reason, and that should be respected. Pushing the puppy in such situations may cause him to become aggressive.

To get a puppy to sit, place him standing upright and hoist a treat into the air. Next, move the treat a bit behind his head. He will end up looking up when following your hand. Puppys naturally sit when they do this.

If you house train your puppy, keep in mind that everything that goes in is eventually coming back out. To ensure that your puppy's bowel movements remain regular, feed him or her some high-quality food a minimum of twice per day during the same times daily. This ensures your puppy won't have accidents as you'll know when to expect a trip outside.

Use various tones of voice when training your puppy. Each tone that you give should represent the emotion of the command that you giving. Always be firm when issuing a command. Corrections should be even sharper. Praise should be offered in your natural tone.

Do not use shock collars. They almost never work as advertised and they are expensive to boot. Also, shock collars and like devices are just not nice things to use. These techniques don't normally work.

Even if it's hard for you, you should keep calm around your puppy. Your puppy cannot speak or understand English, and does not have the cognizance of a human. The puppy can only understand simple gestures and vocal tones but won't understand your meaning. You need to stay calm and just stop training if you seem to be getting frustrated.

Make sure your puppy stays calm as you enter a space that he is in. Your puppy should have the patience to wait for you to get settled and signal that you are ready to play with him. Do not acknowledge the animal when you enter and by doing so, you create a controlled atmosphere in which you decide how and when play time begins.

Training your puppy is a great way to get him to be better behaved and learn to do some neat tricks. By using the tips listed above, you will be moving forward in the puppy training world.

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