Most would-be canine owners are under the illusion that every dog is perfect, but that’s further from the truth. The only way a dog can become the “perfect” dog is through obedience training – the kind of training that is done with the utmost care and devotion.
It’s important to start your dog’s training the first day you get them, teaching them what’s right and wrong, and how to socialize with other dogs and strangers. Think of a puppy as a child; both need continuous training and supervision. Thankfully, puppy training isn’t as hard as you may think with a few easy rules.
1-Keep Constant Watch On Your Dog
Your puppy needs watching until they’ve learned the “rules,” and they’re in a “routine.” When you’re unable to watch your puppy, use the crate. Set up a schedule, which helps to settle them down. The routine should include eating times, bathroom visits, walks, training and play time. A busy puppy won’t get bored and get into trouble.
2-Be The Alpha Dog
It’s imperative your puppy shows you respect. Remember, dogs run in packs and follow leaders. If you’re going to show your puppy who the leader is, you need to exert yourself as the alpha dog. Once you do that, it’ll be easier to train your puppy to follow your commands and not challenge your power.
3-Use Positive Training Techniques
Rather than shouting, hitting or punishing a dog, use positive techniques such as praise, walks and treats. Avoid using sprays, shock collars or anything of the like, as this could lead to bad behavior in your dog.
4-Teach Them What No Means
You never want to encourage bad behaviors such as barking, jumping, running away, mouthing, etc. You want to praise them for their good choices and walk away when they’re showing bad ones. This teaches them that misbehaving will lead to a loss of good things.
5-Startle Their Behavior
If you’re going to correct a behavior, you need to catch and startle them by rattling a can full of coins or rocks. This will help you to correct the dog’s behavior and give them a treat for stopping the bad one. It’s important to scold them when the event is current, not something that happened earlier.
6-Use Your Dog’s Name Positively
Don’t associate your dog’s name with a negative word such as “No Fido.” This generates confusion and makes them think his name is bad. Make sure his name is associated with something positive such as treats, walks, petting, hugs, etc. When you do this, he’ll willingly come to you when called.
7-Set Up A Training Schedule
Be sure to set up a training schedule and abide by it. You only need 30 minutes a day – in 10- minute intervals. Training too long means your puppy will lose interest and may even act out. Be sure to make the training process fun, teaching them commands such as come, down and sit.
8-Spend Time Socializing With Your Puppy
Bonding is important, as it improves the chances of them enjoying their lessons. You want them to want you; rather than hiding from you. Be sure to start socializing them when they’re young. Expose them to other people, animals, vehicles, etc. Start the socialization process off slowly, introducing them to daily life. Bring your puppy to the park or mall – anywhere people and other pets are.
9-Learn About The Various Training
Be sure you teach your puppy about the various training techniques such as crate training, food training, housebreaking, leash walking, etc. You want your puppy to master these techniques. But, be aware that each training method may vary based on the dog’s breed, so adjust your techniques accordingly.
There are two key choices when it comes to training your dog – you can do it yourself or send them to an obedience training school. There are several stages of dog training – kindergarten, obedience training, showing, doggy sports and conformation. You can also train your dog to become a hearing dog, therapy dog, etc. The training level you decide on is based on two things:
What you want
Your dog’s learning abilities – like humans, each breed is different in their talents
With that in mind, you need to choose a technique that is right for you and your puppy.