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How to Get a Puppy to Come Indoors
Training a Puppy is a Matter of Patience
Training a puppy is completely a matter of being patient and consistent.
When you are training a puppy to do any task, you want to make sure that you praise good behavior and divert bad behavior.
With a dog that loves being outdoors more than indoors, the greatest challenge is making sure that there are things inside that are fun, enticing and without a punishment factor to them.
Here are some tips to get your dog to come to you.
- Speak to your dog in a pleasant voice. Call their name out in a happy tone.
- Don't sound mad, angry or irritated.
- Don't fuss or yell at the dog to come to you. If a dog is afraid of being punished, then why will they come closer to that situation?
- Offer treats while showing them the treat.
- Praise the dog like crazy when they do come to you and come in the house.
Puppies are not dogs in baby dog bodies. They are baby dogs. Just like baby humans, it can take a while to master something new.
Every time that you put the dog outside, make sure that you call the dog by his or her name and put them out, saying "Outside". When they eliminate urine or feces, tell them "Good, (insert dog name here) and the name that you will use for urination or defecation. When it is time to come inside, bring the dog inside and say "Good (insert dog name here) inside."
Using the same commands over and over makes sure that you and the dog have a very good understanding of one another.
If you cannot get your puppy to come inside when called, or to respond to your calls and commands, a visit to the veterinarian may be in order to make sure that your dog does not suffer from a hearing problem.
When you are training the puppy to do anything, don't make the training longer than the puppy is in months. A 3 month old puppy is not able to grasp anything for more than about three minutes. They are still very young and their bodies don't always do what they want them to do, let alone what we want them to do.
Never withhold food or water as a punishment. This is dangerous to the health and development of your puppy.
Avoid distractions. Don't have your cell phone or other distractions with you when you are trying to train your puppy. The time should be a special time between you and your newest family member.
When your puppy cannot seem to focus or cannot seem to get the idea that you are trying to get across to them, they may be tired, need to go to the bathroom, hungry or any number of things.
The best time to teach a puppy something is when they have been fed, taken out to the bathroom and are well rested. At the end of a long day being a puppy is not the ideal time to try and lock down the fine essences of training.
When teaching a puppy to come inside, don't choose a time when the weather is extremely windy. Dogs detect many more smells than we do, and all of the scents that are in the area are probably a great source of distraction.
If you have more than one puppy, try training them one at a time, and then together to make sure that you are conveying the same message to each dog.
Keeping puppies separate during training time also ensures that training time does not become playing time between two friends!
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