How Do I Train My Puppy?
Training can be a rewarding and engaging experience for you and your puppy. How your pup behaves and responds to you will define the relationship and lifestyle that you share.
While a puppy may be born with a certain temperament it’s the way they are raised that will truly determine their personality, so remember that your behaviour and the way you treat them will influence their development.
It’s not necessary for your pup to learn every cool trick imaginable, but they do need to know the fundamentals of being a good canine citizen. The basic dog training concepts can be broken down into two categories: Toilet training and obedience training.
Toilet training can be a simple process once you take the time and effort to get into a good routine.
- Keep your puppy on a regular feeding schedule during toilet training and build your routine around its needs.
- Eating a meal will immediately trigger its digestive system, normally urinating about 15 minutes after meals and defecating within half an hour of eating. Start with this general rule to base your toilet routine with them around.
- Make sure you are always present when you puppy is learning to be toilet trained so you can be there to reward them for successful behavior. Luckily, dogs are creatures of habit so they will get into this routine fairly quickly.
- Do not expect your pup to let you know every time it needs to go outside. It’s mainly your responsibility until they are fully grown to take them out at regular intervals.
- As long as you introduce these house rules to your pup early on, they are sure to abide.
Obedience training is absolutely critical when it comes to creating a successful human animal relationship. A more obedient dog will lead a more enjoyable life whilst they accompany their human families going to picnics and other outdoor activities.
- One of the most important aspects of the puppy learning process is introducing them to environments and situations that they are likely to experience in the future. For example, socialising them with other people and dogs is important to prevent aversions in adulthood.
- In terms of commands, at a very minimum your pup should learn basic commands like Sit, Stay, Heel and Come.
- Remember that positive reinforcement rewards wanted behavior and the most effective tools for this are treats that they’ll love. They are more likely to listen to you and obey when they are willing to work for something they know they’ll receive.
- As the owner, you will reap the training rewards as well, because a well-trained and manageable pup can enrich your life in a very positive way.