Puppy Obedience Training Tips
Obedience training is the essential foundation training that every canine and owner should have. Most owners mistakenly believed they need to have their dogs trained when in fact the owners need the education more than the dog do.
The most important component in any successful relationship between dog and owner is that the owner understands the dog and that the dog understands the owner.
The most common mistakes owner make is to take their dogs with behavior problems to obedience classes. Obedience training and behavior problem solving are two different things.
The best thing you can do is have a qualified trainer evaluate you and your dog, to ensure you are investing in the best solution.
1. They forget the puppy will grow up.
Things that are cute as a puppy will not be cute when the puppy grows up.
2. They call puppy by name to correct bad behavior.
This causes the puppy to start associating his name with being corrected for bad behavior.
3. They don’t set aside the proper time for puppy.
A new puppy is like a new baby, they require a lot of time and attention.
4. They don’t socialize puppy properly.
New puppies need to get out and be exposed to different sounds, surfaces, environments, other puppies and people.
5. They don’t establish they are the authority figure.
Puppies need to know who is boss from the day they come home. Owners don’t have to get physical with puppies to show them the dos and the don’ts.
6. They do no teach the puppy the word “NO.”
No is just as important as the puppy learning his own name. This is the best way to begin correcting early puppy behavior problems.
7. They forget the puppy is a puppy.
Many new owners get frustrated with typical puppy behavior. A puppy is like a new born baby and has to grow and learn with love and guidance just like a baby.
8. They don’t correct the puppy properly when he makes mistakes.
Correcting a puppy improperly is a confidence breaker and can cause stress, fear and anxiety. Improper correction will break the owner/puppy bond.
9. They miss the puppy imprinting stage.
This is when to puppy is most adaptable to receive and learn specific commands and behaviors. The best thing owners can do is read up on their breed and understand the maturity stages as each breed is different.
10. They give puppy too much too soon.
A new house, family and environment can be overwhelming for a new puppy. It is important to take it slow and give the puppy a small space in the house then as he does well with that give him more as time goes on rather than giving him the run of the house initially.
Do not make the mistake of treating your dogs like humans or they will treat you like dogs. – Martha Scott