One of the very first things a new puppy owner needs to know about is training a puppy to live as part of the family. Puppy training should start at 6-7 weeks of age and doing it well from the beginning will make the process go more smoothly. If you wait longer than that, your new pup may start to develop some challenging behaviors which will make it difficult to keep it indoors. If you are looking for some ways to make the process of training a puppy easier, we have gathered a few for you to check out.
Training Really Starts From Day One
Training a puppy actually is happening from the moment you first meet him or her. You are getting to know each other. It is important to understand that patience will be needed. When you bring a new pup into your family’s life, you are altering the instinctive animal behavior, in order for them to live inside your home. This is why it’s important to form good habits from the beginning. You do need to make sure that you don’t allow your puppy to have full run of your house at first, or bad habits will start to develop. Correcting bad habits once they have had time to set in will just make training more difficult later.
Avoid Harsh Training
Training a puppy must be gentle and patient but always firm. Never use any training technique that will cause mental or physical anguish for your new puppy. Your little furry friend is now a part of your family. Since it is still a puppy, a baby, he will see you as the primary protector and look to you for love, reassurance, and security. Because of this, remember that your dog will respond best to positive reinforcement. Once he understands what you want, he will be more than eager to please you.
When training your new puppy it’s important to stay calm and patient. When your puppy exhibits a negative behavior calmly correct it without being overly harsh. Your puppy will make some mistakes. Remember that it is adjusting to a new environment and you are adjusting to having a dog in the house. Correct your puppy when you catch them in the act. However the best way to prevent indoor accidents is to take your puppy outside right after meals or a nap. If your puppy does go inside, clean up the mess right away. You don’t want the puppy to scent-mark a spot as it will, by nature, return to that spot for a bathroom break!
Here are few more tips for house training a puppy:
- Always praise your puppy when it does something good.
- Stick to a routine for walks and going outside.
- Stay consistent in your commands. For example, always use the word “outside” so that your puppy understand you are going outside to play or walk.
- Keep plenty of tasty dog treats on hand.
There are many methods for training a puppy. It’s a good idea to read some books or even watch some instructional DVDs on the topic. You may also consider signing up for dog training classes in your area. With a little work a positive house training experience is in store for both your new pup and you.