Having an obedient and well-behaved puppy is every dog owner's dream. But the reality is that every pet owner goes through the stage in which her dog expresses his own character, i.e. her puppy has a mind of its own, so some puppy training needs to be applied.
It can get quite bad, with some pet owners even contemplating giving up their dog for adoption. But before you even think about it, it's not as bad as it sounds; training your pup is pretty simple. All you need to know are the basic puppy training tips to turn him into the most obedient dog you've ever wanted.
1. Potty Training - One of the best way to potty train your puppy quickly is to use his crate to set some boundaries. Puppies don't go to the toilet where they sleep, so you can use the crate as training aid, when you can't look after your puppy.
Obviously - don't leave him in there for longer than you know he can hold his bladder, but increase the intervals little by little.
2. Leash Training - Your dog might be resistant or even fussy at first, but be extra patient. Never scold or yell at him or this will only confuse him. Gently tug the leash and coax him to follow you.
3. The NO - This has to be the most widely used and most helpful dog command. The NO command will come handy - I promise you, so you can start teaching your puppy as soon as you get him home.
Use a firm and authoritative voice whenever you say "no" - but keep it consistent. As you are saying it, divert him from the behavior you want him to stop. But always make sure to immediately give him something else to do.
For e.g. if he is currently chewing on your favorite pair of slippers, say the NO and take him gently to his chew toy. As soon as he happily starts to chew on it, tell him he's a good boy and go on with your day…
He will eventually associate the word "NO" with any bad behavior.
4. The COME - this is another very useful puppy training tip. A lot of dog owners seem to presume that puppies at the tender age of 6 weeks are gifted with the ability to follow commands.
You may wish that is true - but it is not. The most you can hope for in terms of puppy training results at this stage, is to start to build the foundations for an obedient dog later on.
So with this in mind, the easiest way to teach your puppy the COME command, is to wait until he's actually coming towards syou and then call him to COME. When he reaches you praise him for being such a good puppy. Soon he'll learn that every time you say COME he needs to head over to you - and if he does he's rewarded with love.
5. Don't miss his Socialization window - Socialization is one of the most important part of a puppy's growing up time. And yet a lot of new dog owners don't know of it - and don't realize it until it's too late.
Socialization simply means that your puppy needs to interact with all kinds of people, animals, places and objects - this helps him grow up knowing most things in his world, so as not to be frightened or traumatized by any of them later on.
Ask your vet about the general age at which your puppy needs to be socialized to make sure you give him the best chance of growing up healthy and happy.
6. Jumping on people - Dogs jump on people because of over-excitement, to express dominance, or to get attention. To teach your dog how not to jump on people or you, you can use the following puppy training tip (and obviously let other know what to do in this situation if your puppy/dog jumps on them):
As he jumps up on you, without saying anything and immediately, turn you body away from your dog, and then walk away without paying any attention to him. The point of this is to teach him that he gets no attention for this behavior, and that in fact when he behaves like that all interaction with you seizes immediately.
It will take you a few times, but if you are consistent it will work - I promise you.
7. Consistency - Consistency is everything in your puppy training. You need to be consistent with your demands, and your behavior. If you vary your response to the same behavior - your puppy will be confused. Keep in mind that although they are special and smart animals, they are devout of human logic, and they do not understand the meaning of special occasions…
The other key to raising a loving and obedient dog is dedication. But if you follow the puppy training tips above, then you would find the process much easier. Training your pup might take a lot of your personal time, but living with a well-trained dog is worth every second of it.