Puppies are so full of vim and vigor! You just may wonder if you’ll ever be able bring your puppy under control. But don’t worry, puppy training isn’t that difficult if you know what to do.
When you first bring home your puppy he may be excited or frightened by the new surroundings. Of course you’ll want to cuddle and play and get to know each other. But it’s important not to allow the puppy to chew on your fingers or bite you. If you let the puppy think it’s ok to do so now then it will just be harder to break him off when he gets older.
Here are some puppy training tips you might find useful.
Some people like to begin their puppy training with a dog crate. This is because it’s unlikely that the puppy will willingly soil his immediate area. This technique of housebreaking a dog is only effective when the puppy is old enough to control his bladder and bowels.
Another method of housebreaking is to show the dog to the door when he begins to sniff around. Keep at it and he’ll make the connection sooner than you might think.
Puppies do love to chew so it’s a good idea to provide a few toys to chew on while teething. Dogs respond better to reward than to punishment. So if pup starts chewing on furniture legs or ripping up the couch, stop him immediately with a stern no. Then take him to his designated area and offer him a chew toy. When he begins to chew on one of these, praise him for doing so. This will reinforce in his mind which things are his and which things are off-limits.
To prevent dog fights in the future it’s important to introduce your puppy to other dogs as soon as possible. Training your puppy now on how to get along will save frustration later on. Just make sure that neither dog is allowed to establish dominance. That place is reserved for humans.
Barking and whining are hard habits to control in a dog. Of course it would be completely unfair to expect your dog to never bark. But you can train him to bark only when it’s appropriate to do so. When is it ok for a dog to bark?
- When he’s frightened. People scream or cry and a dog will naturally bark. 2. When he’s happy to see you he may bark a little out of excitement.
- When someone enters your property or knocks on the door. Praise him for doing his job of guarding your home and family but don’t allow the barking to persist. It may be necessary to put him in another room or in his crate.
- It’s only natural for dogs around the neighborhood to communicate with one another. That doesn’t mean though that you have to allow your puppy to bark all night long. If you’re training your puppy to be an outside dog you may want to put him in the garage at night.
Puppy training can be challenging yet fun. There are times when your puppy will test his limits and try your patience. But if you keep your cool and a positive outlook, the dog will pick up on your attitude towards training and begin to look forward to spending this time with you.