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Puppy Training

Puppy Training

Ideally puppy training should begin as soon you bring your puppy home.

Dogs continue to learn throughout their lives, but they are most receptive to it when they are younger. The things they learn at this age will affect their future behavior. Even if you do not intervene, your dog will still learn, but not the things you want him to.

There are many easy puppy training tips that can be employed as soon as your puppy arrives home.

To assist the training process, ensure that you keep the necessary items ready. These include a collar that fits your puppy well, a safe place to sleep, dog toys and a play area. The mind of the puppy is most receptive at the age of 12 weeks old. This is the best time to expose your puppy to as many experiences as possible such as children, cats, dogs and cars.

This will cause the puppy to start taking these things for granted. Try and ensure that your dog learns as much as possible at this young age, so that he can live the live you envisage for him. Once you bring your puppy home, start teaching him your rules. If you do not do this immediately, he will make his own rules and begin to follow them. There should be only person responsible for training the puppy and teaching him new things. However, the other members of the family must also become accustomed to handling the puppy as he learns new behaviors such as wearing a collar and leading, eating from his own bowl, sleeping in his bed, waiting on command and coming when called.

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when training puppies. Remember that dogs can be curious and love being around people. As such set up his bed as a private place for him, but place it in a busy part of the home so that he can still be around the family. Puppies explore by chewing and tasting. It is important to discipline the pup when he starts biting by saying “no” in a firm tone. However, never hit the dog in order to reprimand him. You can also apply bitter spray to the objects you do not want your puppy to chew on. These are non-toxic sprays that are available in pet supply stores. Food incentives are more effective that discipline and your puppy is likely to learn faster when food rewards are involved.

  Submitted on July 13, 2010