Trust me when I say, training your puppy will make your life easier. By training your puppy you not only help them become part of the family, you make life with your puppy trouble-free. Plus, did you know statistics show that well-trained puppies are less likely to end up abandoned in a shelter. They are. Here are 6 easy and effective puppy training tips that will help you teach your puppy to understand the rules and become a lasting member of your family.
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6 Easy and Effective Puppy Training Tips
Start your puppy's life as a member of your family with a good strong name. Choosing a name with a strong ending that you can put a clear emphasis on will help your puppy learn to answer to the sound of his name. Be sure that the entire family uses the same name for your puppy to help your new puppy understand that the name is referring to them. This can be tricky if you have young children that are prone to renaming your pets often, but with a little consistency, it will be worth the effort.
Treats are a great tool to make training your new puppy easier. Food makes a great reinforcement tool for good behavior and can make learning tricks and routines a breeze for your new pet. Treats area great way to build a positive connection to everyday things like going for a walk on a leash, riding calmly in a vehicle, and socializing at a dog park.
Be consistent. Just like with children puppies can take longer to understand the rules and can easily be confused when the rules change. Being consistent with the rules for your puppy will help your dog not only remember the rules but follow them as well.
Take advantage of safe training aids like clickers and whistles that help your dog learn to follow directions and pay attention to you, but be careful with shock collars. If you do decide to use them, do your research to prevent yourself from using one known for going haywire. Follow the directions and watch carefully for signs of stress your pet may be having. If you choose to use the electric fence option be sure NOT to put your pet in the car before deactivating it.
Crate training is a great way to help your pet adjust to life in your home. Once you find the proper crate for your size puppy, make your puppy's crate comfortable with a dog bed, toys, and a chew bone. You can help your dog adjust to the crate by leaving him in it for a short time and by rewarding your puppy for staying in the crate without whining and crying. Slowly leave your puppy longer and longer until they comfortably adjust to their new space.
Nip biting and nipping in the butt before either of these bad habits become an issue. Trade out your arm or pant leg for a chew toy or bone to help your pet understand what not to chew on. If your puppy struggles with not biting try acting hurt to surprise your puppy into stopping.
With these 6 easy and effective puppy training tips, your new puppy will be on the road to being the best well-behaved dog on the block.
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