The Basics of Safe Puppy Training
OK here is a great video on safe puppy training and our own written guide! Puppy training should be done in a manner that is both safe and effective, and ideally should start from the time you bring your puppy home from the store or shelter. Before you start training your puppy, remember that you need to focus on teaching it the right things by rewarding good behavior, and not punishing bad behavior at a time when your puppy still doesn’t know what you exactly want him or her to do. The video below focuses on basic puppy training. A puppy is like a baby. Start slow and don’t expect them to be doing tricks before they are old enough to. you can click on this link to read our article on Training a puppy not to nip!
The video guide to safe puppy training:
Here is our written guide to safely train your puppy
Puppies are different from humans – we should not set out immediately and tell them what’s wrong and mete out the resulting punishment. Every puppy needs a chance to learn on its own, to develop a sense of right and wrong through positive reinforcement.
If you wish that your puppy does the right thing at an early age, avoid saying, or even worse, shouting the word “No” and hitting the puppy. Repeating exercises is a much better way to go about showing a puppy that he or she made a mistake. Do not hold back rewards for partially performed behaviors – reward your puppy whenever he or she does something right, no matter how small it is.
Let us cite an example. You find that your expensive shoes have been chewed up by your puppy. Most dog owners would panic and yell “Nooooo!”, but this is a pitfall that would lead to this consequence.
The first possibility is that your dog would cower in panic and realize that developing permanent teeth shouldn’t be done in your presence. But this will only lead to your puppy repeating the action when you are not at home or in its presence. Take note that your dog didn’t mean anything wrong – it was just following its best judgment.
The above example can also apply to proper crate training and housebreaking – refrain from using the word “NO!” should your puppy do its business in your living room instead of going outside to relieve himself or herself. Instead, focus on positive reinforcement. Reward your puppy’s good deed afterwards so that he or she would have it in mind that he/she needs to go outside to answer the call of nature.
Repeated success puppy training
This is a form of puppy training that is built on repeated success rather than making your pet fear your very presence. You will also be rewarded by a more confident, friendly and respectful puppy.
The repeated training can become a part of your bonding with the puppy and there is no need to make it stressful or something the puppy fears. Make it like a game with rewards such as petting or a small snack when the pup gets it right!
It is not just your dog’s behavior that can benefit much from positive reinforcement and other modern dog training techniques, but also its personality. Start the learning process properly while your puppy is still very young and you can be confident of your puppy growing up to be a mature, friendly, cooperative and well-behaved dog.
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