Best Puppy Training Techniques

August 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Best Puppy Training

Being the owner of a new puppy is a happy time that is filled with joy as well as a number of challenges. A puppy will provide you with a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction. The old adage that “A dog is man’s best friend” is very true, although puppies require an investment in time and patience to build that friendship.

Training a new puppy can be great fun. They have boundless energy and are always ready to play. However it is important to train your puppy early on and teach him the dos and don’ts of being part of your family.

1. It is important to use proven training techniques to achieve quick results. Some of those techniques call for short training sessions, approximately 10 or 15 minutes. Each training session should be followed by play time so your puppy links training to a fun activity.

2. Puppies can learn simple commands at a very young age. Don’t try to give your puppy a meaningful training session if he is tired or distracted. You need his full attention to achieve results. It is better to postpone a training session if your puppy is not cooperative.

3. Do not expect your puppy to have mastered all of your commands in the first couple of weeks. Young puppies have an assortment of distractions in the first few months of life because everything is new to them and they are naturally inquisitive as they learn about their new environment. Start off with two or three commands: sit, come and down should take priority and don’t move on to new commands until your puppy has mastered the basics.

4. When it comes to house training, it’s important that you feed your puppy a quality, balanced dog food and stick to regular meal times. For young puppies, feeding 3 times a day is recommended, dropping down to twice a day for older dogs. If you feed your puppy on a regular schedule, he is more likely to have regular toileting habits. This will help you determine when to take him out.

5. As part of your puppy’s training, you need to provide him with positive verbal rewards such as saying “GOOD BOY” in a high pitched voice followed by petting him. When training a puppy or an older dog you should focus on the positive and NOT the negative.

Studies have shown that a well trained dog is a happier and more content pet. I have been training dogs for more than 25 years and my objective is always to have a pet that is happy and who I can control in any situation including coming into contact with small children and other animals. I have been successful in accomplishing this with absolutely no cruelty and without breaking a dog’s spirit.

When proper training techniques are employed you will be surprised how quickly a puppy can learn. Having a well trained dog is one of life’s joys

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