Dog owners the world over dream about owning the perfect dog, who is well behaved and always dependable. With hard work and lots effort you can have the dog of your dreams, if you train your dog the correct way training with care and dedication. It is a fact that puppies start learning from the day they are born and so it follows that a puppy’s mother will teach them right from wrong, at a very early age. Puppies that are born as part of a large litter will also learn socialization skills from their many brothers and sisters.
As with young children puppies need constant supervision and correct training. Training a puppy need not be an ordeal if it is done early and correctly, if you follow these simple rules you and your puppy will have a long and successful life together.
Be Ever Present
Remember until your pup learns you will need to keep a constant eye on him and what he is up to at all times. If you cannot be with him it is important to crate him. You should create a timetable for your pup this will help him settle down quickly into a routine. The timetable should include defined toileting visits, eating times, rest times, walks, playtime, and training. When a puppy has a very busy day he will have no time to be bored and therefore get into mischief.
Become the Pack Leader
Your puppy must be taught to respect you as his pack leader. Once you establish yourself as the pack leader training will become easy and your puppy will obey you at all times and not challenge your authority. In the wild dogs that live in packs instinctively follow a leader.
No Means No
From day one your puppy needs to learn the meaning of the word “NO”, at birth his mother would use a small nip to his neck, humans use voice commands and one of the most important is the command “NO”. By teaching your puppy this command early on you will be able to discourage other behaviors like jumping, mouthing, barking, or running off.
You should always praise your dog’s good behavior and ignore his bad behavior. Your puppy will soon learn if he behaves in a way you do not like he will be isolated and alone, this is a place no puppy wants to be.
Call His Name
You should never use your dog’s name as away of scolding him or telling him off, always call his name positively. Using your puppies name to rebuke him will only serve to cause him confusion the puppy will think that if you call his name it is something bad, and you will never get him to learn the recall. Your puppy should associate his name with something good that he wants such as treats, hugs, walks, or a friendly pat. If you follow this simple rule he will come to you willingly when you call his name.
Most professional trainers now believe that positive reinforcement is one of the best training methods for effective quick, long-term results. This method also causes less stress on the dog and the owner. You should never shout, hit, or physically punish your dog.
Not only is it cruel to the animal but will undoubtedly lead to severe behavioral problems later on in life, and could shorten the life of your dog altogether.
Nothing In Life Is Free
Your puppy should be taught, “nothing in life is free.” This system is widely recognized as an outstanding training tool. Once you begin to practice this, your puppy to get what he wants he has to be well behaved and do as you say.
Create a training timetable that your puppy will enjoy that lasts no longer than 10 minutes twice a day. It’s a fact that very long training lessons are too much for a puppy, they have a short attention span and will soon lose interest in learning. You should make learning enjoyable for your puppy and use trick training to teach commands like sit, down, come.
You will bond with your puppy through training him, this will help you both enjoy your training time together. Your puppy should look forward to his training and play time with you, this you can achieve by making his time with you fun and exciting. Be sure to socialize the pup early. It is important to begin your puppy’s socialization lessons early; they are in fact one of his most important lessons. Your puppy must learn to behave around other animals, people, sounds, and vehicles. You should slowly introduce the pup at an early age to all the everyday activities and sounds inside and outside your home.
It is important that you as the pack leader learn all you can about crate training, leash walking, house breaking, as well as food training. These basic skills will help you teach your soon to be dog, these life lessons that every puppy must master. Learn all you can about the breed and this combined with these other tips will give you an excellent grounding into how you can successfully train your puppy.
You have many choices as a dog owner and pack leader; you also have many responsibilities to live up to. Choosing to train your dog yourself and register for an obedience class will mean that you and you dog will reach your objective more quickly, you both gain more skills and you will have a very strong bond with your dog.
When training your dog you will have the opportunity to move through many stages, such as: puppy preschool, obedience training, agility training, doggy sports, showing and conformation. You could also volunteer your dog as a therapy dog, or hearing dog, and so on. To what level you choose to train your dog depends on you and the ability of your dog to learn. Just like humans, dogs are individuals and all have different abilities to learn and have varied talents. If you make the right choices in the beginning you and your dog will have a long and healthy life together.