An Introduction to Training Your Puppy
When you first get a new puppy, aside from the excitement of taking home a cute and loveable new friend, one of the things that you must consider is how you are going to deal with puppy training. There are a lot of different ways that you can approach puppy training, and whichever one you decide to use, it’s important to remember that training your puppy is one of the most valuable and rewarding things that you can do to build the greatest possible relationship with your new best friend.
Puppy training isn’t just about teaching your dog to go outside to go to the toilet. It’s also about teaching your dog about acceptable behaviors, and how to respond to you as its master. This means that when you are training your puppy you will be teaching it to learn some basic commands, such as sit and stay, and also having fun by learning how to walk on a leash and play fetch with a favorite toy.
Dogs are very social animals, and they enjoy the company of other dogs. However, if you have no other dogs in your house, it’s also important that you teach your dog how to be sociable with other animals so that they will not snap or bark unnecessarily. Properly socializing your dog is an important part of the dog training process that should start early in a puppies life.
Another point to note during puppy training is that your dog wants to please you. They will respect their leader and will do their best to always do the right thing, so even if they make a few mistakes to begin with, stick with it and you will soon see that puppy training is rewarding for both you and your pet.
Another point to note is that by nature, dogs have some habits which aren’t particularly acceptable to humans. There is nothing worse than coming home to find a big hole in the middle of your lawn, or a chewed leg on your mahogany table! These sorts of behaviors are generally attributed to boredom, so if you learn techniques that you as an owner can implement to stop unwanted behaviors happening, your relationship with your puppy will be far happier for you both.
Many people avoid puppy training as they see it to be time consuming and complicated, not to mention expensive should they opt to take their dog to puppy training classes. But puppy training will make for a happier dog, and training your puppy effectively can be achieved in as little as ten minutes a day.
Training your puppy in the comfort of your own home can be one of the most cost effective and efficient methods of puppy training. By training in familiar surroundings without the distractions of new people and other animals, your puppy will be far more focused and most responsive to your commands. Get started with the most basic instructions to begin with, including toilet training and walking on a leash, and then you can then work towards moving onto more complex training such as learning how to stay and fetch.
If you are serious about training your puppy, I highly recommend this training book. Make puppy training rewarding and fun for you both, and you’ll see just how easy it can really be!