Training Puppies and Dogs
To some people, even the thought of training puppies seems overwhelming. Puppies are curious, full of energy, and the world is simply new to them. They want to explore their surroundings and exude maximum amounts of energy. However, even though puppies are so full of life, training puppies does not have to be an exhausting process. In fact, as long as you follow a basic set of principles, training a puppy can be fun and exciting! Taking the time to care and nurture your puppy will allow you to greatly reap the benefits of a well-behaved dog and an everlasting relationship.
Often times, people are under the impression that their dog just cannot be trained. However, that is not the case at all. There are no “un-trainable” dogs. If an owner feels that their dog is not behaving properly, then there is a reason that made him that way. Time and effort are required in order to get the best results from training your puppy. A puppy is brand new to the world and, essentially, a blank slate. He needs to learn the basic techniques of behaving well. A puppy is not born with these traits. That is where you come in.
There are a handful of basic steps to training puppies. It is important to begin with the most necessary obedience techniques in order to start off on the right foot. These simple techniques include potty training your puppy, controlling his barking, preventing nipping and biting, and addressing chewing.
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Potty training a puppy can seem like a daunting task. By nature, he will want to relieve himself wherever he feels necessary, without giving you any type of warning or signal. Therefore, it will be difficult for you to foresee when your puppy is ready to go. In order to train your puppy to control himself and only go outside, there are a few basic steps you can take to achieve this. To begin, it is best to start taking him outside right after he has finished a meal or had a drink. Once outside, your puppy may not go right away. It may take some time standing outside while he explores the yard and gets familiar with his surroundings. However, it is important to be patient. Try your best not to take him back inside until he has done his business. Once he goes potty, make sure you praise him and then take him back inside. This exercise will slowly start to trigger the puppy to realize what he is supposed to do when he is taken outside after a meal or a drink. Be sure to continually repeat this process over and over again. Relating the outdoors to going potty will slowly but surely become the norm for him after constant practice. Eventually you will find that your puppy will start barking, scratching, or whining at the door when he needs to go out to do his business.
Training Puppies not to bark
Another important obedience technique that you should address immediately is barking. Puppies can bark for a variety of different reasons. They may bark because they are excited, want something, or are just amazed at their ability to make noise. However, you need to control your puppy’s barking from an early age so it does not become a problem. Continuous barking can become a major problem, affecting you and your family, along with neighbors and friends. When your puppy has a barking problem, it can lead to long term problems with your daily living routine, your neighborhood relationships, and just your own personal sanity. You need to address this problem immediately in order to prevent it from getting worse. There are many factors that can cause your puppy to have a barking problem, such as lack of communication and environmental issues. Puppies need constant stimulation and attention. You need to make sure you regularly interact with him and spend a lot of quality time together. When a puppy is loved and nurtured, he will in turn feel much happier. A happy puppy is much more relaxed, will sleep well, and contently entertain himself. As long as you give him the attention he deserves, your puppy will be much less likely to develop a barking problem. Along with communication, the environment also plays a factor in how much a puppy barks. If there are other dogs in the neighborhood that are constantly barking, this could trigger your puppy to want to bark back as a form of communication. It is important to take your puppy outside and walk around the neighborhood often so he can become familiar with his surroundings. If he knows what is outside, he will be much less likely to raise curiosity and bark at the unknown world around him.
Training puppies not to bite
Along with potty training and controlling barking, another factor you will want to address is nipping and biting / dog aggression. As a puppy, nipping and biting are natural parts of a puppy’s learning process. This habit is likely to form when the puppy plays, communicates, and engages in any interaction with humans or other animals. It is nearly impossible to completely prevent your puppy from nipping and biting, since it is a large part of their genetic make-up as a puppy. They tend to use this technique as a form of communication when trying to be social. However, you can slowly train your puppy to stop nipping and biting over a long period of time. Discipline and constant repetition of letting your puppy know that nipping and biting are bad will eventually prevent him from continuing to do so. It will take some time, since puppies are naturally going to nip and bite when they are young. However, with patience and repetition, you will be able to prevent this from becoming a long term problem.
Training puppies not to chew
One last major habit you need to address with your puppy from the start is chewing. Most puppy owners face the problem of chewing when their puppy is young. Puppies are curious animals and want to explore their surroundings and investigate anything around them. They love chewing on shoes, carpets, clothing, and anything else they can get their mouth on. This is a form of playing for puppies, but also an important part of teething. When teething, chewing is a great form of relief for the pain they are feeling. Therefore, even though chewing can be a major problem in a household, it is still an extremely important part of a puppy’s growing process. Though, just because a puppy needs to chew while teething, he does not need to chew on your personal belongings. In order to train your puppy not to chew on things off limits, it is important to provide him with other options. Make sure you provide your puppy with plenty of chew toys that have a variety of shapes, textures, colors, and sizes. You can give him any kind of toy, varying from hard bones, to soft rubber balls, to toys that make noise. Providing your puppy with a variety of options of things to chew on will make him much less likely to chew on items that are off limits. He will be completely content chewing on the toys you provide him with, as long as he has a vast variety of objects so he does not get bored. These toys ultimately create a nice distraction from your beloved personal items that you do not want your puppy to destroy while teething.
These four tips of obedience training for dogs are some of the most important factors to address when your puppy is young. As a puppy, the whole world is brand new. It is your job to make sure you teach him the correct way to learn and grow. There are many other areas that you will want to train your puppy in, such as fun obedience commands like sit, stay, and come. However, addressing these more serious factors of potty training, barking, nipping and biting, and chewing first will allow you to completely enjoy the more fun training areas. Overall, the most important thing you can do for your puppy is care and nurture him. A puppy is much like a small child. They need to feel loved and entertained. You need to have patience and persistence when training your puppy. Creating an overall loving and caring environment will give your puppy the tools he needs in order to grow into a well behaved dog.