In Home Dog Training: Puppy Training Tips
Introduction to Puppy Training
Puppies are fun to live with. Take a minute and envision yourself curling up with your sweet little dog as you welcome him into your family. You can’t get your eyes off their teeny tiny noses, the little ears and the itty bitty paws. But there’s one fear—what sort of destruction would that adorable ball of fuzz bring into your home if left untrained? Will it interfere with your overall peace of mind and relationships? That is why training your puppy will bring you peace of mind. In this article we walk you through the steps of how to train a puppy.
Well, puppies don’t train themselves. If trained properly, they can be whatever you want them to be. You can either make them your little source of joy that gives you enough reasons to get home early or that irksome bundle of fur that pees and poops everywhere if it’s not chewing everything it comes in contact with. That is why it is most important to learn how to train your puppy.
The best part is that all puppies can be trained. Train them as early as six weeks or immediately as they enter their new home and you can be certain that nothing will go wrong. Good puppy classes put more emphasis on social skills, particularly grooming, easy handling, and correlation with people and other dogs.
In home dog training shouldn’t be cruel or be perceived as some sort of punishment by the dog. If anything, it should be directed towards enriching the bond you have with your dog. Let him understand what you expect of him, as you get to learn how to decipher his language.
Puppy training takes time and practice. Whether you’re raising a puppy for the first time or you’ve been training them for years, you may want to consider signing up for a puppy training class. First they’ll be admitted in a puppy kindergarten where they’re taught the basics then moved shortly after to an obedience class for advanced lessons.
To ensure your puppy gets the best out of the training, you will have to inquire about the number of dogs assigned to the same class as your dog. For this case, a good class should limit the number of dogs being trained by one instructor to at most 10. That way, the instructor can effectively divide his attention to each dog in the class and still have enough time to respond to special training if it calls for that.
Puppy Obedience Training; Tips and Methods
Obedience training should begin immediately when a puppy is born to enhance your ability to communicate and manage him as he approaches adolescence.
In Cesar Millan Puppy Training, Cesar puts great emphasis on being the pack leader while training your puppy. Naturally, puppies are wired to follow a pack leader. They can sense our confidence level, and immediately assume the role of a pack leader once they perceive you as weak. In the process, they may end up developing all sorts of bad behaviors such as excessive barking, leash-pulling, chewing and anxiety.
To ensure it never gets to this, it’s important to assume the role of a pack leader right off from day one. This role should be span out throughout the entire life of the dog.
How to train your dog to come
From a safety viewpoint, teaching your dog to come is probably the most important behavioral lesson your puppy will ever take from you. Usually, a dog that doesn’t respond well when called is rarely off lead and may be at risk of grave danger. There’re two aspects of teaching a dog to come. First, you have to teach your dog to move close to you so it can be held or to enjoy your company; dogs love that. This means you’re strictly prohibited against using any kind of punishment to teach a dog to come. For a puppy, just crouch down and make funny welcoming noises that encourage the puppy to move close. Softly say “come”—just once. Then use any other prompt such as clapping to make him come closer to you. If the puppy checks in, reward him with both praises and treats.
The second step involves teaching your dog the exact meaning of the dog command come. Come to think of it, the word “come” when translated as per the case should mean moving really close to a position where you could hold your dog by the collar. In other words, if your dog moves closer but stays outside your arm-stretch circle, then it’s obvious he hasn’t responded well to your call.
To begin the second “come” lesson, simply hold your dog by the collar then—in a pleasant but directive manner—say “come.” Next, take him to a park or an open field where you’re supposed to keep him at a safe berth. Then using the same tone, ask him to come. If he does come, where you can actually hold him by the color, don’t hesitate to reward him with a treat. However, if you have any intention to take your dog to a vet, birth him or put him outside, don’t use the word come. Instead, go and get him. Otherwise your dog may start associating unpleasant consequences with the word come.
Handling Puppy biting
Biting is very common among new dogs and puppies. It’s therefore upon you to teach your new dog or puppy about what’s acceptable and what’s not. About 99 percent of the time, dogs are generally sweet, loving, adorable, and affectionate. But there’s that one percent when something spiteful happens, forcing the dog to resort to biting. A dog may also bite because it lacks confidence if not out of fear.
Whichever the case, puppies have to learn to hold their bites before they’re 4 months of age. Normally, it’s the mother’s onus to teach a puppy and other litter mates about inhibiting their bites. But considering you took the puppy from the mother before it had had the privilege of being taught the lesson, it’s upon you to take over from where the mother left.
For a bite lesson, let your puppy socialize with other dogs and puppies so he can pick good lessons from them. Let him roll, tumble and play with other puppies. In so doing, they’ll be biting each other everywhere, in the process of which they’ll end up learning how to control their bites. If your dog bites out of fear or because he lacks confidence, then teach him to trust and respect you. For starters, never hit, slap or kick your puppy. That’s the easiest way to erode the trust your puppy has in you. Of course he’ll still love you, since dogs are well known for their unconditional love, but he’ll never trust or respect you. Another mistake most people make is scolding or punishing their dogs for the house-training mistakes they have made.
Housebreaking Your Puppy
Housebreaking a dog can be a nervous and appalling experience. Immediately when a puppy is born, he’ll eat and relieve right where he’s standing, but the mother will be there to get the den cleaned. That way, there’ll be no scent of poop or urine where the puppy eats, lives and sleeps. As they become of age, they start relieving from outside as they attempt to imitate their mothers. In the process, it becomes known to them that it’s actually bad to relieve inside the den. By the time a pup is four months old, it would have completely picked up the concept of housebreaking and any part of crate training syncs in as part of their natural programming.
Understanding the digestive track of a puppy is very important as far as housebreaking goes. Most often, dogs defecate 5 to 30 minutes after eating. If you can subject your puppy to a consistent eating schedule, with your attention glued around the clock, it’s easier to come up with consistent trips for your puppy outside.
To begin with, you have to come up with a place where you’d want your puppy to be relieving himself. Keep in mind that a puppy will only relieve from the place if he feels safe and the place smells familiar. That explains why dogs have a tendency of relieving in the same spot. Bring your puppy outside every morning in the same general area to relieve. It’s important to keep the timing consistent so the puppy can adopt the habit. Every time your puppy behaves well, reward him with a treat. But on the off chance he fails to boot out where you want him to, stay calm and assertively lead him to where you want him to expel.
How to Housebreak a Puppy
Take your dog outside after a consistent time period. This can be after every hour, as well as 5 to 20 minutes after every meal, nap and play. Again, take them out the first thing when you wake up in the morning, and the last thing before you bunk down or have them confined. It’s also important that you know where your dog is all the time. Be on the watch for every sign that he may want to eliminate. This will help you prevent accidents from happening. Examples of such signs include whining, sniffing around, circling, or leaving the room. In case you observe any of these signs, take your puppy outside immediately and let him boot up.
In case you catch the puppy inside eliminating, clap twice to startle him, but not hard enough to get him scared. This will make the puppy stop in the mid-stream. You can immediately take him outside to continue with the elimination, after which you can reward him with any treat of your choice. These few tips are widely accepted when learning how to house train a dog.
Confinement is another crucial element of potty training a puppy. Get a good cage or crate. Then leave the bottom bare, but lay a blanket or paper. It’s important that you pick a cage that’s big enough for the puppy to stand, lie down and turn around in. This is particularly very important because you won’t always be there to watch your puppy eliminate. There are other times when you’d want to confine your puppy in a crate or cage that you can partition to create a small area where the dog can expel.
Best Breeds of Dogs to Train
What are some of the best dog breeds to train? As Laurie C. Williams—the owner of Pup ‘N Iron–puts it, “dogs that are specifically bred to follow man’s direction are the easiest to train.” “Dog breeds such as the German shepherd or Border collie,” she says, “are bred to hunt alongside human beings. They’ll therefore follow their own impulses and instincts. Some breeds, however, are solely bred to offer companionship and may, as such, be bit challenging to train.”
That being said, here are 5 easiest dog breeds to train:
Golden Retriever Training
Golden retrievers are well known for their loving and warm nature. They are also very patient and friendly to children. Most importantly, they’re always eager to please their owners, an attribute that makes them a breeze to train. One caveat though—their beautiful coats do require regular cleaning and grooming. A frequent brushing and combing is enough to keep them well groomed.
Border Collie Training
The intelligence and ambition of Border Collie makes him more than a dog breed you’d want to keep as a couch potato. In addition, they’re endearing, very obedient and, above all, have a herding drive with a pistol-zeal to please their owners. Although they are best recommended for experienced owners, they have a tremendous drive that makes them so easy to train.
German Shepherd Training
There’s a reason the German Shepherd is always seen working with the army in locating explosives or rescuing people. Besides being a hardworking breed, they are among the few breeds of dogs that are easy to breed.
Doberman Pinscher was first bred to offer protection to the tax collectors working for Luis Doberman. They’re more appropriate for experienced owners, but can still respond well to a gentle, consistent training. They also have a high strung temperament that mirrors that of their doting owner.
Boxer Puppy Training
Boxers are a medium-sized breed of working dogs. First bred in Germany, the dogs have a strong shape and appearance. They are also very loyal and forgiving, an attribute that makes them one of the best breeds of dogs to train.