The Best Puppy Training
Your puppy simply refuses to listen. No matter what training techniques and tips you try to implement, Fido continues to have a mind of his own and insists on doing what he wants. You say “sit down” and the dog runs. You say “come” and the dog acts as if he did not hear you.
One of the problems could be that the pup is actually picking up your sense of frustration. Not everybody is cut out to be a dog trainer. If you think you may not be up to the job, why not consult a specialized dog trainer? After all, it is significant that the dog listens to you for his own sake.
If you feel that hiring an expert dog trainer is too high-priced or a waste of money, you may want to rethink the problem. Specialized training costs far less than the problems and complications that can occur with an untrained puppy.
Once you have decided to hire an expert trainer, you have to find one that teaches obedience in a positive and humane manner using training techniques that include praise, food, and play as rewards. Never take your pup to a trainer that uses force to make the dog submit.
When selecting a professional dog trainer, speak with other pet owners and veterinarians for suggestions. Interview quite a few trainers before choosing the one to work with your pup. Do not be afraid to ask questions, particularly ones concerning the type of training techniques he or she uses. Ask for recommendations. A good dog handler should be able to provide numerous references.
Consult the trainer about the merits and demerits of including your pup in a class situation. Your dog might do good in a private lesson without you or in training lessons that involve only you, the dog and the specialized trainer.
If you choose to go with a class situation, ensure there are enough trainers onsite to give the help and guidance that each one is seeking for. One trainer working with 25 puppies and their owners are not expected to achieve much. Your puppy will get a lot more attention when there are a sufficient number of handlers available to help those having problems with the lessons.
Class situations can be beneficial to dogs that need to be socialized. These classes will provide the opportunity for the dog to get to know other people, as well as other dogs.
You will find that trainers offer different levels of lessons. A good dog handler will host lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced training sessions.
It is important for you as the owner of the puppy to strengthen what the dog learns during the professional training sessions. It is a good idea to repeat or review the lessons every day. Repetition will assist the puppy to retain the vital lessons.
Don’t be afraid to include other members of your family in the training sessions, both at class and at home. This will help the puppy to gel with other family members.
Puppy Training Basics
Puppy training is an essential part of dog ownership and provides many benefits. For starters, there’s the obvious payoff – you have a well-behaved, well-adjusted and easy to control the dog. But puppy training achieves so much more than that. It builds a bond between you and your dog, provides you both with mental and physical stimulation and is also a whole lot of fun.
Your first dog training challenge is to house train your puppy. Many new dog owners give up right here, but the key is patience and persistence. Potty training a puppy is a lot easier (and quicker) than potty training a child, and you wouldn’t give up on your kids if they didn’t get it the first time, would you?
Just pick a method that works for you, and stick to it. You will see the results.
Which is the best method? Depending on your situation and time availability, you could try crate training, paper training or the supervision method. The method I usually recommend is crate training, but choose what works best for you.
Most dogs will be fully housebroken within two weeks of consistent training. If you started at about 10 weeks your puppy will now be 12 weeks old and ready to start obedience training.
For this to be effective you’ll need to commit to the time and effort required. You’ll also have to temper your expectations because even with the smartest dogs, training takes time.
Promise yourself that you will remain calm and positive and that there will be no yelling or punishment. Commit to making training a fun time that you spend with your dog. This will accelerate your success and make training a pleasure, rather than a chore.
In terms of the actual training, you can start by teaching your puppy his name. This is easy enough, just use his name whenever you can. Whenever you talk to the pup, praise him, feed him or give him a treat, say his name in a pleasant, encouraging voice and he’ll soon pick it up.
With that out of the way, you can move on to the first obedience command, “sit.” To do this, stand (or kneel) facing the dog, with a treat in your hand. Raise the treat to about the dog’s line of sight, and then slowly towards him. He’ll be forced to sit in order to keep watching the treat. The minute his butt hits the floor, say “sit”, then immediately give him the treat and lots of praise.
Simple though it may be, the “sit” command lays the groundwork for all of your dog training efforts. From here it’s a short step to teaching your dog all manner of obedience commands, including stay, lie down, and come to me, to name just a few. By now you may well have caught the “training bug”, and you may want to teach your dog to do tricks, to count, to bark on command, and lots of other cool stuff.