The Training Basics

08.15.2016

There are a few basic guidelines to remember when trying to train your puppy. It is best to start training when they are 5-6 weeks of age. One of the most important things to remember is not to use punishment as a means to teach your pup. Punishment does not encourage your puppy to want to work toward the goal you have set and it only instills a large amount of fear. 

 

Treats and praise

The use of treats and praise as positive reinforcement works much better toward making your dog act in the way you wish. If you must use negative enforcement it should be limited to saying no or a similar method.

 

Consistency

Another tip is that you need to be consistent. If your dog is in the middle of playing and you are trying to teach him to come, chances are he will ignore you. This will not help your dog to understand that "come" means you want it to go to you. 

If on the other hand, if you have your dog somewhere without distractions while on a leash, gently pulling him toward you while giving him praise will help foster the understanding of what you want your puppy to do. Use of visual stimuli such as hand gestures can also go a long way to helping you puppy understand and will help with consistency.

Praise and treats are also vastly important in teaching your puppy what you want him to do. Without some kind of reward for his effort he will quickly lose interest and become bored. With a constant stream of positive reinforcement for his correct behavior, he learns that by doing as you ask he reaps the benefits in attention and treats.

 

Commands

When giving your pup a command, allow the pup to decide his own actions. It is better to let your puppy work for his treat than by doing all the work for him. If the puppy figures out that he just has to sit around while you pose him, he will choose the laziest way out. The more you let the puppy do the work, the more confident he becomes in what you want him to do.

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