Your New Puppy Was Taught Dog family rules by his mother. It is up to you his new dog parent to teach him your family’s house rules. Of course the first rule is where to poop and pee not so important in a breeders outdoor kennel but on your carpet and sofa very important.
Dogs and humans seem to have had a instinctive connection for a few thousand years leading to generally happy relationships. Dog culture and human culture are very different however, and it is through puppy training that we teach our culture to our dogs. Here are 4 puppy training techniques that are a cinch for new dog parents:
- Honey is Better than Vinegar – Your puppy will learn faster and be happier if you use positive reinforcement as a training tool rather than punishment. During puppy training sessions be sure to reward every successful action with affectionate petting, words of praise and the occasional treat. Your puppy will want to repeat the action that got that response. Harsh discipline can create fear and anxiety in your puppy and it is almost impossible to learn when feeling fear – for both dogs and humans.
- Consistency is the Key – When it comes to puppy training everyone in the family needs to always have the same rules and use exactly the same word commands no matter what. If your puppy is not allowed on the couch then you cannot let them on the couch ever – not even for movie night. Your puppy won’t understand that it is Saturday. You also need to use the exact same command words each time, ‘Go Pee’ and ‘Go Potty’ might mean the same thing to you, but to your puppy they are completely different. Take your puppy out early and often. Physiologically, the puppy won’t be able to hold its urine for long periods until it’s older, but it can learn that outdoors is the place to go.Establish good habits by taking your puppy out on a leash and giving it plenty of time to sniff around and find just the right spot. Keep its mind on business by repeating the words “Go Potty” in a friendly tone. As soon as it does its business, be happy and express that joy as if it was a great event to the puppy dogs and especially puppies do not understand subtlety. Take the pup back into the house immediately so it knows it was outside for that one purpose. It registers in its memory after several repeated events. Once the pup understands he becomes easier and easier to train.
- Train in Easy Steps – Humans do not learn to run in one day – there are stages along the way. It is the same for your puppy. Any task you are attempting to teach will be made up of stages. Break down the steps of any task and you will have better luck with your puppy training. For example, potty training, concentrate on getting your puppy to master this first. Begin taking them outside within twenty minutes after he eats.
- Establish Pack Dominance From the Beginning – Too many times we humans think of the alpha dog as the biggest, baddest fighter in the pack. This is not an entirely true picture – the pack leader is the most competent, the one that inspires trust, who gives his pack a sense of security. By showing your puppy firmly and gently that you are in control you will boost his self-confidence and sense of safety. This will make puppy training all the easier because he will trust you.