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Training your new puppy is one of the most important things you can do for him; well behaved and obedient puppies lead to sociable and stable adult dogs that are a pleasure to be around. As responsible pet owners we have a duty to give our new puppy the best start in life. Whether you are teaching a puppy the basic skills he needs to be a friendly happy family pet or if your laying the foundation for further advanced dog training; there is nothing he will enjoy more than pleasing you; his master.
He will see his puppy training as a game, he will make mistakes of course he will; so will you, he will ignore us, he might even drive us to despair but with consistency and repetition he will eventually get the hang of it and spend the rest of his life obeying your commands.
In this series of short articles we are going to deal with the basics of dog training; we will teach you the simplest way to train your puppy to sit, wait, stay, down, recall, retrieve and we will explore the quickest route to house training hopefully dispelling some myths along the way.
You could attend puppy training classes; there are many dog training programs out there, some work some don't, you can invest a lot of money in one of the "guarenteed dog training systems" only to find it doesn't work. What we are going to do in these articles is show you that the only system you need is our basic puppy training techniques, love, patience, committment and repetition and best of all it's free.
In this first article let us clear up two very important points and put two rules in place as they will make training your puppy so much easier and a whole lot quicker:
Rule 1- Never hit your puppy it doesn't help.
Try to imagine a giant 10 times your size hitting you or shouting at you! How do you think you would feel? Our guess is you would be frightened and would want to get out of the way; this is exactly how your puppy feels.
There are never ever circumstances when your puppy needs to be smacked! If you use this kind of dominance over your puppy you will be teaching him that coming near you hurts and is not in his best interest. What you will have taught him is to be timid; possibly even aggressive around you and other humans which is a sure recipe for disaster.
Puppies want to please, they want to be in your pack; they want you to lead them and that is what you should do from the minute you get your new puppy home. Show him he is welcome, he is loved; you want him to succeed and become a valuable member of your pack.
Encouragement and repetition will always be more successful when training you puppy.
Rule 2- Never chase you puppy.
Chasing your puppy can be fun, watching that little ball of fluff trying to get away from the children is very funny but sadly it is also very wrong and will be difficult to correct later on in his life.
Stop and think for a moment; if you are chasing your puppy what are you teaching him? Hopefully your answer is that you are training him to run away from you, this may not be so bad when he is small but imagine when he is older and faster, what will happen every time he picks up your slipper or child's favourite toy? That's right; you will never get it back because you won't be able to catch him. He is not being naughty simply playing that chasing game you taught him earlier on in life. He is a lot faster than you; this is a secret he never needs to know.
The above rules are not negotiable and are the foundations for successfully training your new puppy.
Before we move onto the first training session were we will help you teach your puppy to sit, stay and wait let us summarize:
Treat your puppy with love and kindness; let him know that pleasing you is the only way. Teach him that when he doesn't get it right first time; it's ok because he will get another chance without getting into trouble.
Set him up to succeed and he will learn quickly that you are the master and the master must be obeyed.
Never hit your puppy under any circumstances as this is a recipe for failure, never chase your puppy; not least because you won't catch him; he must come to you when called every time.
High end puppy feeder, prevents tipping.
Raised centre puppy bowl, encourages food chewing.
If you enjoyed this article and found it useful, please vote it up. You may also be interested in my other puppy training article were we teach your puppy how to sit, stay and wait and how to teach puppy recall. Please bookmark and follow my puppy training program so you get notified when I publish new puppy orientated articles.
Enjoy being a puppy owner.
Puppy Training Resources
- American Kennel Club - akc.org
American Kennel Club
- The home for dog owners and those working with dogs - The Kennel Club
The Kennel Club,advice and resources for buying a puppy, training a puppy and caring for a puppy.