This is a feature from SDT – puppy training San Diego.
We all love puppies. But, we do not all know how to train a puppy! A well trained puppy and adult dog is an absolute blessing and a source of continuous joy and satisfaction. Disobedient puppies are irritants. Disobedient dogs are not bad dogs, they were just not trained well.
We will share a few simple, but a very effective pointers that you should keep in mind while training your puppy.
What’s in a name?
Choose a name that is simple and short(ish). Ginger, Mike or Mouse are examples of nice strong names that are easy to pronounce. You want the dog to learn that its name is associated with it. Do not over use the name, it will only confuse the dog.
A clear and consistent routine will help your puppy to learn. Very young dogs should be taken our once an hour. Make sure that you always take the dog to its “toilet” after a meal or after a nap.
Do not leave the mess, but clean it up immediately. Remember that ammonia-based cleaners and soaps are not that effective in masking and removing the smell. Special cleaning agents that contain enzymes are available.
Bonus Tip: Do not believe that old wives tale about rubbing their nose in it. Once the deed is done, it is to late to punish the animal. You will just confuse it!
Your four legged friend, needs you to be consistent with it. The house rules must be agreed on by all the inhabitants. If husband calls the dog to sleep on the bed, but wife “kicks” it off the bed, you will end up with a confused dog.
A place to lie his head…
Every doggy needs a safe place that it its own. Whether it is a blanket on the floor, next to your bed, or a special doggy bed in the den, does not matter, but help your puppy to get used to the idea that it is their special place.
It fosters a sense of safety and security, which in turn makes it easier to train!
If you do not have other dogs, you should take care to teach your one and only how to interact with other the dogs you will meet when out for a walk or a stroll through the park. Allow you puppy to play with other dogs. This is the only way it will learn how to become a mature adult without anger or fear issues.
Especially when the doggy is still small, it is important to discourage negative behaviour. If it tends to bite you while you play with it, stop wiggling your hand every time when it bites.
Soon it will realise that bites result in less attention. The same with a puppy that jumps up at you. If you shout and hit at it, this creates a reaction that the dog will interpret as attention.
Just ignore it.
Puppies are a treat. Make sure you know how to train a puppy, so that it will stay a treat when it gets older.