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Basic Puppy Training Techniques and Tips

Updated on April 24, 2014

Why use puppy these basic training techniques?

With the arrival of a new puppy to the home comes an exciting time for any family, is also time to learn some basic puppy training techniques. This cute and lovable minuscule fluff ball, will immediately become the center of attention for the whole family.

Although shortly after, it becomes very clear that this new arrival just means, there is a great deal for you to do, and even more for the puppy to learn. This means that training your puppy must be on top of your list of priorities.

A young puppy is totally dependent on you to help him accustom and fit into our human, domesticated world. It will be your basic guidance and leadership that will in the end determine the future path of the puppy's life, and what type of dog he will become.

You're responsible during puppy-hood for determining the character, temperament and behavior habits that your puppy will carry through to his adult life. So you should realize that your puppy's future is in your hopefully, very capable hands...

Training your new puppy is not a hard task and it should always be fun. You just need all the patience in the world, some true dedication, and with the use of some very basic, simple and proven puppy training techniques, you will train your new puppy very easily and successfully.

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Why you will need to be the leader, the alpha dog

If you want to successfully train your puppy the most important thing you need to understand is: your puppy's mind. We all known it, dogs descend from wolves, and wolves are pack animals, dogs to. As long as you understand this simple fact, you can use it to your advantage, and it becomes a lot easier to train your puppy with success.

Animals that live in packs will separate their pack members into several levels, the top spot is occupied by the pack leader. The pack will have several levels each one with less power or dominance than the above.

Once you bring a puppy or even an adult dog home, it will automatically consider everyone in your family as part of his pack. Your puppy needs to fully understand who is the leader and who follows it, that's his way of knowing its place in the pack pyramid. As soon as you establish yourself as the pack leader the better. When your dog see you as the pack leader it will fall into its level on the pack pyramid.

Troubles originate when no one appears to be the clear leader. In case you don’t establish yourself as leader of the pack promptly. Your dog will feel uncomfortable by the fact that there is no pack leader. Even a puppy will try to occupy the leader spot, because it knows instinctively that the pack must have one to be strong.

Following these basic principles, and establishing yourself as the pack leader will save you a lot of frustration in the future, once your puppy grows.

7 Basic puppy training techniques to successfully train your pet.

1 - First things first, it's very important to name the dog before proceeding with the puppy training. The dog should become familiar with the name that it was given, so there is no doubt that when people use it they are referring to him.

Try to avoid fashion names and restrict your choice to names easy to say as they will more easily recognizable by the puppy. You must use the puppy's name whenever you talk to the dog, this will help him remember the name.

2- For your puppy to learn and recognize the basic commands easier, only one person should have the responsibility of training the puppy in the initial training stages. Your puppy may get confused if a lot of people are involved and trying to train him, this can stop the puppy progress in its tracks.

3 - Train your puppy using only a positive reinforcement approach. If the puppy does something good, then this behavior should be rewarded so that, he can recognize that what he did was right. Humans are more intelligent than dogs, you should accept it, and accept the fact that they will make mistakes.

Never push the dog if he can't understand or follow the commands you give him. What you should realize is that your puppy will not easily understand your commands with just one training session, it calls for repetition to train a dog with success.

Don't scold your dog or he just might develop fear which eventually will block his learning capability and willingness to be trained. In order to encourage your puppy you can use treats and praise, although you shouldn't overdo it.

4 - Starting with the basic is always better. Commands should be taught one by one. Always try to instruct the puppy in one command after the other. If the dog can't assimilate one command, stay on the same command, because adding up another command will get the dog confused.

5 - When executing commands, you should always keep your voice very cheerful so that the dog will happily comply to your commands. Dogs will respond better if you use a low and sweet-talking voice. Never shout out loudly, or the dog could become startled and unresponsive.

6 - The puppy training should be done in several different places. If you keep training your dog in just one place, like your home or backyard, in the future he won't be able to conform with new surroundings, new people or other dogs. Taking him to the park or through the neighborhood, will help him become more familiar with new situations, other dogs and new people.

7 - This are some very basic tips and puppy training techniques, the last one buy a good book with lots of information, specifically one for your own dog breed. Reading about your puppy's dog breed will help you understand your dog a lot better.

In conclusion

The job of training your dog or puppy can sometimes be hard, but it will certainly be worth it. Ultimately, you'll be the one to benefit when your dog is trained. Who knows he might even save your life one day and pay you back ten fold everything you taught him.

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    • moreninha76 profile image

      moreninha76 7 years ago from Portugal

      He really is cute, but then again they all are...

    • Barbara Kay profile image

      Barbara Badder 7 years ago from USA

      That is the cutest puppy!