Puppy Obedience Training At Home – Regardless of your style, you can be sure of one thing: Puppy obedience training is essential when it comes to raising good manners.
Through puppy obedience training, a pet learns what its role is both in a family and in the world.
Obedience training teaches and reinforces how a puppy should interact with the world around them and rewards good behavior with other dogs, adults, children, cats and other pets that may already be living with them.
By learning these commands at a young age, your puppy will live a more confident life because he will quickly follow your commands.
Puppies and older dogs can learn to be in a crate, sit patiently without begging, walk well on a leash, and avoid whining.
Unless your furball lives outside, you’ll also want to house-train him (also known as housebreaking or potty training) so he knows where it’s okay to get off the leash.
By starting training at home, you will be able to tailor each training session to your personal lifestyle and your dog’s individual needs.
In other words, positive reinforcement is when a trainer rewards good behavior so the dog is more likely to repeat the same action.
Several behaviors can be learned as puppies learn good manners in a positive and loving environment.
Simply put, puppy socialization occurs when puppies are exposed to different people, animals, places, sights, smells, and sounds.
Through this type of exposure, puppies learn to thrive in environments outside the comfort of their home.
When proper socialization takes place, you can be sure your Fido understands how to properly interact with the world around him.
Negative behaviors will be reduced, positive behaviors will be reinforced and your favorite fur ball will be more accepted by the world around him.
Sure, it can be fun and exciting to teach your growing furball good behaviors like sitting and lying down.
Find out what behaviors are unhealthy in your breed and should be avoided. Things to watch out for include:
Be careful of messages your pup may be trying to send you. While the following is not exhaustive, puppy messages can take the form of:
At mealtimes, it’s not uncommon to encounter eager puppy eyes as your cute pup tries to reclaim some table scraps.
Depending on what food you enjoy, it will only prove dangerous to your little furball’s digestive system.
By avoiding table scraps, you will have more control over your puppy’s menu because you will be sure that he is eating a balanced and nutritious diet.
If you want to treat your pup to something special while enjoying your next steak dinner, consider gifting your Fido these tasty dog treats.
Not only are they packed with beneficial ingredients, but each treat is also designed to promote strong teeth, healthy gums, and fresher dog breath.
Ultimately, you’ll enjoy control over your pup’s menu by ensuring he gets the nutrients he needs while avoiding all signs of obesity.
An aggressive dog will try to puff himself up by pricking his ears up and wagging his tail in the air.
Regardless of his age, he will exhibit puppy-like behaviors and keep his tail low while rapidly wagging back and forth.
So make it clear to your growing pup when his barking is acceptable and when his tone of voice isn’t okay.
Instead, if your puppy or senior dog starts howling, you’ll be doing yourself a favor in the long run by simply ignoring the screams.
If you show signs of comfort in response to growling, your dog’s behavior is only being reinforced and he’s more likely to continue growling in the future to get his way.
Puppies have short attention spans and aren’t born knowing exactly what you want them to do. Be patient with your puppy and start training using the basic commands. The first commands you want to teach and reinforce are:
Alternatively, you can find an obedience instructor in your area who offers individual puppy training classes or enroll your puppy in professional puppy group classes.
While you only want to focus on one command at a time, plan on tapping all the key commands over time.
Make sure you end each session on a happy note so your pup will be happy to go back to training when your next session takes place.
For example, if you’re teaching your dog to stay, always use the word “stay” as a command. Don’t confuse your tongue with words like “don’t move,” “freeze,” or “come back.” Keep it simple and stick to ‘stay’.
While initial practice for each command shouldn’t exceed five minutes, find ways throughout the day to practice and reinforce a command.
It’s crucial that your puppy learns to obey early even if he feels distracted.
However, when the whole family helps to reward and reinforce the dog’s positive behaviors, a puppy learns to obey and take instructions from more people instead of just their boss.
Who wouldn’t thrive on lots of praise and lots of rewards after a task? Your dog is no different.
Be quick to praise your pup when he’s well behaved, and toss in favorite treats to keep learning while having fun.
In addition to verbal praise, rewards can come in the form of the puppy’s favorite toys, playtime in the yard, walks outside, and tasty dog treats. (Just be sure to feed treats in moderation to keep your Fido fit and healthy.)
After learning a command, remove your pup’s treats for that behavior and move on to the next command.
If you need help or just want a professional trainer to work one-on-one with your puppy, consider hiring a professional obedience trainer.
Also, if the trainer offers group dog training classes, you can often attend (without Fido) and observe the class before enrolling your puppy.
If you choose to go this route, notice if the dogs in the class seem happy, excited, or relaxed during the training session.
Before your puppy’s first group session, make sure you are comfortable in the training environment and can ensure a safe learning experience for your puppy.
These lessons may be offered by local obedience trainers or through a nearby doggie daycare or pet store.
Through such courses, the lessons learned at home will be reinforced and you will receive guidance from training experts.
When looking for a professional class, ask your local vet or local canine friends for referrals in your area.
Once basic obedience training is complete, dogs can move on to more and more extensive training, depending on your goals.
Puppies should be enrolled in puppy obedience training between eight and ten weeks to five months of age.
However, the best time to enroll puppies in obedience training is between eight and 10 weeks to five months of age.
Local community centers, dog daycare centers, and pet stores offer group training sessions that often cost between $50 and $125 for 4 to 8 weeks of one-hour sessions. .
Puppies aren’t born knowing exactly what you want. Always be clear, kind, and consistent when correcting behavior.
Regardless of your little furball’s size, personality, or charming charm, obedient behavior is always important to a happy and healthy dog’s life.
If yes, what have you found helpful along the way? We’d love to hear in the comments below.
As editor-in-chief, Anna Lengacher helps dog lovers learn the basics of finding, raising and caring for their dogs so they can have many happy memories together.
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