Puppy training can be especially confusing for anyone that has never raised a dog before. It isn’t nearly as hard as it seems. There are three main things that you need to remember when you start training them. If you keep these things in mind, you’ll find that teaching your little dog is a lot easier and more fun. They’ll have fun with it too!
1. Remember that your puppy doesn’t know anything from the start other than their own basic bodily needs like eating, sleeping, and pooping. In other words, they have no clue that chewing on a fancy leather chair is bad, nor do they think that they shouldn’t bark whenever they want attention.
2. You have to be consistent with your puppy. If you want your dog to learn what is acceptable behavior and what is not, you have to make that very clear to them and hold to it all the time. If you relent and let them jump up on you sometimes, they will be confused when you get upset at them other times. If something is not ok for them to do, do not ever let them do it.
3. You have to be very patient when you train your puppy. Just like people, dogs learn things at different paces. Different breeds respond differently to training as well, so you just have to roll with the punches. Don’t get mad at your little puppy if they aren’t quick learners. They will eventually get it, and you’ll be able to benefit from a well mannered, confident, happy dog because of it.
If you keep these things in the front of your mind, you will be able to house train your puppy, crate train them, and keep them from chewing on things they are not supposed to chew on. Those important steps will also help you to remember to not get angry at your little dog when they make mistakes, and your bond will grow stronger because of that.
The last key to successful puppy training is not letting them roam around unsupervised. Whether you plan on keeping them outside or inside, if you permit them to go anywhere they want they will get into trouble and you will not be able to reprimand them for bad behavior. It’s a little bit of work at first, but it is much easier than trying to get an older dog to behave better.
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