Deciding to get a puppy is not only a life-changing decision for you but the pup as well. While you might enjoy watching them running around the house, hearing the cute tippy-taps of their paws, and cuddling them for hours, you also might have encountered ill-discipline like biting, scratching, chewing, or barking uselessly.
With everyone at home and a lot of time at hand due to the pandemic, there could not be a better time to start training your pup. Early training ensures a well-behaved and mannered dog. Also, it will help the pup to live a better-coordinated life with their humans.
We believe that puppy training should be an enjoyable activity for your pup, and one that relies on positive reinforcement. Training should be based on rewards and not punishments. Harsh or rude behavior might cause fear and anxiety in your pup, hindering the development of a strong bond.
Follow these tips on how to train your dog, ensuring a strong bond, and making your pooch a well-mannered member of the puppy society!
Before starting the training, make sure that you have all the essentials like a leash, collar, crate, treats, etc. with you. Ensure a safe area where the puppy is unlikely to get hurt, as a new activity might be confusing for the puppy. Start early in the training. This will ease your puppy get accustomed to rights and wrongs early on in their life, and continue to teach them as they grow up.
Consistency is key
Be consistent with your designated rules and regulations. Determine what things are allowed or not, and do not change the right or wrong. The rule of consistency also applies to the training itself. Whenever your pup does something desirable, reward them with praise (Good boy!) and a treat. This will help them recognize which behaviors are rewarded and which are reprimanded.
Do not punish your dog if they do something unacceptable, such as sitting on the furniture. Give a loud and firm “no” immediately. Rewarding or reprimanding (and correcting behavior) is the best way of obedience training.
On doing something inappropriate, use a low-pitched, and firm auditory cue such as “No”. As soon as your pup catches on to the cue that they have done something wrong, give an alternative corrective distraction. If you find your puppy chewing on the cushions, give them a chew toy.
Praising correct behavior is as essential as discouraging bad ones. When your dog shifts their attention to the toy, always praise the behavior. This will help them identify that what they did earlier was wrong, and what the desired behavior is. No matter if it is a training session or not, always encourage and reward good behavior.
Treats are the way to go
For a new and untrained pup, treats are the way to go for training. Puppies will munch on almost everything and then attempt to eat more (honestly how can their little tummies fit ALL of that?). But do assure that you’re not overfeeding them. Gradually, decrease the amount of treat reward and instead, increase verbal and physical praise.
Always end on a positive note. This helps your puppy not be discouraged. Keep in mind: begin early, be calm and patient, and remain positive. And of course, shower lots of love over your pup after the training.