How to Train a Puppy?
How to train a puppy
So, you decided to buy a new dog? Congratulations that’s a huge decision and a responsible one too.
Usually, when new adopters bring a puppy home, they immediately start focusing on obedience. Although obedience training is essential because it will help your puppy understand the limits, it is not the most crucial part of a puppy’s upbringing.
Contrary to the adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, you may be surprised to learn that there is absolutely no time limit to give your dog the necessary obedience training. Usually, experts suggest that puppies should be trained to follow sit command at 8 weeks of age. But you can teach your dog the same commands at the age of eight. However, it is true that training will be more effective if your puppy starts learning at an early age, but with little patience and consistency, you can train your dog to the same level.
So, What Should You Teach Your Puppy First? It’s Socialization!
Socialization can be considered as the most critical training module for your pup as it helps him to prepare himself for the real human world and also saves you from future lawsuits.
Socialization basically involves creating positive experiences for your pup in order to prepare him for a fight free, bite free and lawsuit free life among humans.
Unfortunately, most dog owners aren’t aware of the fact there is a brief socialization window and it’s necessary for you to introduce your pup to the outside world. According to experts, this socialization window closes after the pup reaches 14 to 18 weeks of age.
How to socialize your pup?
It’s quite easy actually and all you have to do is follow five simple steps enlisted below:
- Expose your puppy to new people at home and outside the home.
- Let your pup meet adult dogs.
- Take your pup to your friend’s house, to the beach, for car rides, etc.
- Invite vaccinated puppy friendly dogs to play with your pup.
- Take measures to ensure your puppy’s experiences “mostly” positivity.
Teach your puppy the “Sit” Command
Teaching the sit command before you teach anything else give your dog the foundation, they need to learn good behavior and other awesome tricks.
Grab a treat preferably something small like blue buffaloes bits. Let your dog see and smell it. So, he knows you’ve got something worth sitting for.
Hold the treat over her nose and draw an imaginary line back over her head. The movement should encourage her to sit.
Third: Say Sit
As soon as she sits on the ground quickly say sit so he associates the word with the action. If he follows the command and sits then give him the tasty treat and tell him what a good dog, he is.
Teach your puppy the “Paw” Command
Training your dog how to give paw or shake is a fun trick that you can add to your dog’s skill set and it’s a great crowd-pleaser too. So, let’s teach your dog to give paw.
First: Grab what motivates your dog. This can be a treat or a toy.
Second: Have him sit.
Third: Hold a treat in your fist and wait matter try to get the treat. He’ll probably sniff, lick or nibble gently at your fist until she gives up and starts using her paw. As soon as her paw is off the ground, praise and reward her with your other hand. This will help us to phase out the treat so she can focus on the hand signal.
Fourth: Add the verbal cue. When he consistently gives you his paw, begin to say her name and the command “paw.”
Stop your puppy from barking
Some young puppies can be quite a chatty cat but if you don’t want your pup to be an irritating cat then you might consider following these steps:
1. Teach your puppy that barking is boring
Puppies bark when they want something. The next time your puppy uses his outside voice inside, ignore him. Try not to raise your voice or giving commands like “No barking”, because it’s essentially to recognize him which in this case won’t be that helpful.
Sometimes pretending he’s invisible can be helpful.
I know, it may be difficult to ignore him, but you need to stay strong. The more consistency you show, the better he’ll behave.
Have your puppy decide what he would like to do instead of barking like sitting or going to bed. If he is doing it about a peep, give him the tasty treat. Pretty soon, he’ll realize that staying silent will make things fun and that barking can be boring.
3. Pay Attention
Make sure your puppy is naturally quiet and calm and give him a treat. You want to emphasize that it is the behavior that will bring him the good gifts.
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Now that you have taught your pup basic fun skills, you would want to take your puppy training to next level by training him not to bite.
Being a responsible parent that you are, you might want to click on over to the next page for our 5-Step Guide to Train Your Puppy Not to Bite.