It’s so exciting, bringing home a new puppy! But you need puppy training training tips, even if all you want to do is play and cuddle. These training tips will help you find the balance between enjoying your new puppy, and teaching your puppy important obedience behaviors.
Before the tips, a quip:
“It is a truism to say that the dog is largely what his master makes of him: he can be savage and dangerous, untrustworthy, cringing and fearful; or he can be faithful and loyal, courageous and the best of companions and allies.” ~ Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
What kind of puppy do you want to raise? Now’s the time to start training him. These puppy training tips will help you teach your puppy everything from “sit” to “fetch”…
Also – Cesar Millan is the Dog Whisperer who teaches owners about pack mentality and consistent, firm leadership.
To learn from him, watch The Dog Whisperer: Beginning and Intermediate Dog Training.
When You’re Bringing Home a New Puppy, Know Pack Mentality
Dogs, having evolved from wolves, are naturally inclined to live in a pack, and your puppy will come into your home expecting to follow a leader. If you establish yourself as the alpha of the pack early on, it will make your new puppy feel more comfortable about its role in the house, and you will have an easier time training it to be the best puppy it can be.
The use of positive reinforcement is always the best way to train a puppy, as it is an excellent way to gain trust and form close bonds between dog and owner. A gentle reprimand is appropriate at times, but unnecessary and harsh punishment will only instill fear and mistrust in your puppy.
Start Training the Puppy Right After You Bring Him Home
Starting training early is great for your puppy, because you will be able to instill good habits in him before he has had time to learn any bad ones. In the beginning, it’s best to keep training sessions short and fun, like a game.
Read How to Stop Your Dog From Barking, Jumping Up, and Digging if your puppy is already doing those behaviors.
Use a Leash
Using a leash can be helpful for an excited or overactive puppy simply to keep them near you during the training session. Even if they are calm enough, simply keeping a leash attached to the collar will signal to them that you are the leader.
Use Hand Signals
Dogs are constantly monitoring our behavior, and especially our hands, because they hold the treats! Hand signals can be very useful for teaching a puppy how to sit, lie down, stand, heel, etc. Also, after bringing home a new puppy, it’s important to be consistent with your puppy training tips.
Use Treats to Train Your Puppy
Treats are very helpful as positive reinforcement when your puppy exhibits the desired behavior. It is better to stagger the number of instances when you treat your puppy; you want to treat him often enough that he will continue to perform the behavior, but make it unpredictable as to when he will get the treat. This will lessen the amount of calories that your new puppy eats, and also allows you to eventually stop giving treats altogether (or much less often) and still have your puppy perform the behavior.
Choose a Quiet Area With Limited Distractions
It’s best to do your puppy training in a relatively quiet area with as few distractions as possible, so your puppy will be able to completely focus on the training. If the puppy is doing well in training but then loses interest, it is good to stop the training for the day and have some fun.
Keep the Puppy Training Fun!
Be sure to keep training fun for the puppy, and don’t feel obligated to hold specific training sessions; it is easy to train your puppy to sit before you take him out on a walk, to lie down at your feet while you sit on the couch watching TV, or to heel as he walks around the house with you. Scattering little puppy training sessions throughout the day will keep your puppy from getting bored or tired out too easily. It may be extra productive if you train your puppy before mealtimes, as he will be hungry and more willing to work for the treat.
You may also be interested in Got Dog Behavior Problems? Tips on How to Deal With Dogs.
If you have any questions or thoughts on bringing home a new puppy, please comment below.
George Castor is a budding freelance writer.