10 Tips for Training Your Puppy for Lifelong Benefits
Cute overload is a real thing when it comes to puppies. Don’t let your new pooch’s sad puppy-dog eyes hypnotize you into letting her get away with anything, though — she’ll try! If you begin training immediately, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly she catches on. She’ll turn out not only to be your best friend, but also a very well-behaved dog. The habits you create now will serve you both well in the future.
1. Create a Cozy Space
Creating a space of his own will help with anxiety and will give him a quiet, cozy place where he can relax alone. A crate with comfy bedding and a snuggly toy is a great option. It also gives him a positive feeling toward the crate, which helps when crate training. Never use this space for punishment.
2. Choose the Right Name
One of the first things you need to do after adopting a puppy is to choose a name. Since it’s best to begin training immediately, this will move the process along. Always associate her name with positive things such as rewards, walks and playtime. It’s best to choose a two-syllable name; it’ll be easier for her to recognize.
3. Establish House Rules Beforehand
Establishing the rules before bringing the puppy home will help with training consistency. If you don’t want him to get on the furniture, sleep in bed with you or beg for table scraps make sure you and your family are on the same page.
4. Reward Good Behavior
It’s important to reward good behavior rather than punishing for bad. Give her a lot of praise and use treats, petting and toys to reinforce the good. Yelling and/or hitting will only confuse and scare her.
5. Train in All Situations
It’s beneficial to begin putting your dog in all types of situations early on to socialize him. You can always consult a dog site if you need tips on the best way to socialize him in different places with different people and other animals. Dogs are pack animals and packs naturally involve member ranking. Have everyone in your family consistently train and act as the alpha so you all have the control you need in a variety of environments; it’ll protect him and you. This is especially important for children since dogs can pull them or jump on them, causing potential injury.
6. Reinforce Only in the Moment
Be sure to praise your pup immediately for good behavior. This will help her to associate the behavior with outcomes. She won’t remember her behavior shortly after she does it, so it won’t help to praise or correct it unless it’s immediate.
7. Train to Come When Called
One of the first things you want to do is train him to come when you call him by name. Be sure to praise him profusely when he comes to you right away.
8. Discourage Jumping
You’ll want to immediately begin teaching her not to greet people by jumping on them, especially if she’s a bigger dog. It’s best to ignore her if she begins jumping. Greet her and give her affection only after she calms down; tell visitors to do the same thing.
9. Discourage Biting and Chewing
Biting and chewing are common with dogs, especially puppies, but this behavior needs to be nipped in the bud right away. If he bites you, make a loud noise like you’re in pain to startle him and he’ll probably stop. If he’s chewing something unacceptable (e.g., a shoe), it’s best to swap it with something that is allowed (e.g., a chew toy). Dogs need to chew, but you have to be sure to let him know what is okay from the beginning.
10. End Training Session Positively
When you end your training session positively, your pup will enjoy the experience. Lots of praise and some treats during and after training will make the practice much more pleasant for you both.
As with human kids, consistency is key to reinforce behaviors. Provide plenty of treats and love for a job well done and you and your best bud will live a happy life together.