There are few things as exciting as bringing home a puppy. You do have a large task ahead of you, however. Where do you even start training your new puppy?
In the face of this bewilderment, there is, fortunately, lots of advice from the experts. Here are some tips on training your new puppy:
1. Correction and Reward
Start by establishing positive and negative reinforcement for behavior. This is the foundation on which you will be building your pup’s patterns of behavior.
It’s very important not to go overboard in “punishing” your little pup when they do something incorrect. Don’t ever spank them or otherwise physically punish them. You can correct your pup just by giving your dog a firm “no!”
As for the reward part, find out what kinds of treats your pup is most into and keep a stock of them on hand. You might use dried liver or other kinds of tasty dog treats. It is also very important to pair a treat or toy that you’re using as a reward with effusive praise.
Dogs must be taught to like praise as they don’t naturally know that they’re being praised when you talk to them in a sweet way.
2. Be the Boss
Yes, your puppy is cute. But, you have to establish authority when they are young. If you don’t, it will make it more difficult to get them to behave throughout the rest of their life. When a puppy hears “no” consistently, they will be much better behaved than a puppy who never hears it.
Pups can sense when you’re nervous in this “pack leader” role and when you doubt yourself, so you must be confident.
This is probably one of the most immediate concerns when it comes to training a pup.
Learning not to relieve themselves in their home is an instinct for dogs, something that comes naturally to them. So, fortunately, it should not be hard to train them not to go in your house.
One of the most important house training tips is consistency. You want your pup to feel safe whenever they first go outside. Bring them to the same spot to relieve themselves over and over again and this will help it become a habit.
It’s also important to reward your pup when they go outside. Give them a treat or use verbal praise so they know they have done a good thing. It’s equally important not to punish your pup for going in the wrong place. Speaking harshly to them when they relieve themselves might create a negative association in their mind with the very act of going to the bathroom, and that could be harmful.