There are a wide range of skills that young puppies can be taught so that they can enjoy life in our human-dominated world. Remember, it is the responsibility of the pet parent to instill these lessons in their pet (in addition to regularly visit the dog wash, of course!). Admittedly, there are several ways to achieve the goal of a well behaved (and well adjusted) pet, which eventually boils down to your dog’s temperament and your personality.
The Name Game
It is appropriate to teach your dog to focus better on his/her name at 4 weeks and later.
You can start off by calling out your dog’s name in a happy tone. When your puppy responds, you should acknowledge them and follow through with a reward and petting. Continue with this practice, and you’ll soon find that your dog will respond to their name and also learn to focus when their attention is demanded.
No wonder, potty training takes precedence one of the most crucial lessons that any pet parent wants to train his/her puppy in. That said, effective potty training boils down to three steps:
Rewarding and petting your pup whenever he/she “potties” in the right manner.
On the other hand, if you observe your pup heading toward an undesirable site to relieve himself, you should promptly interrupt and redirect them to the appropriate location. In case you happen to come by after the “incident,” you should simply tidy it up and strive more to prevent them from repeating the act later on.
Remember to stay alert! The higher the frequency of such accidents, the more your pup will tend to learn that it’s okay to poop in inappropriate locations such as indoors. Remember that no level of scolding can be of help in communicating that you hate their choice of toilet location.
Young pups tend to explore the world with their mouths as the primary tool. This means that their small yet razor sharp teeth are never too far off. In case your puppy turns forceful when nipping, you should communicate to them that it is inappropriate.
You can teach your puppy to sit at your command as he gets 4 months or older.
Start by holding out your hand with your palm facing upwards and one of your puppy’s favorite treats at your fingertips. Hold it just above the level of his nose.
Proceed to raise your hand slowly above the puppy’s head. This will cause your puppy to follow the treat and in the process naturally lowering their hind quarters. As soon as his butt touches the ground, you should let go of the treat and shout “Sit”. Repeat this for about five times and then attempt it without any treat in your hand.
Most pet parents often receive conflicting advice on the most fundamental aspects regarding their dogs` training. However, with the basic steps detailed above, you can rest assured that you can easily cover some of the most essential aspects of your puppy’s growth and behavior process.
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