5 “Must Do” Things When Training Your Puppy

When it comes to training your puppy there are a lot of different things to keep in mind. It can be overwhelming sometimes. So I thought it would be helpful to create a list of 5 “Must Do” Things When Training Your Puppy. They are as follows:

Be Patient

It takes time to fully get a puppy fully trained, mostly between four and six months but some could take even more than a full year. Trying to rush the process may not be ideal for the puppy. The motivation behind trying to get your puppy trained is to instill lasting good behavior rather than achieve short term behavior changes. There are several things that could give you a hint about how long it could take you to get your puppy trained. The most common indicators are the size of the puppy and their past living conditions. For instance puppies that had already got used to some kind of living conditions may take longer to learn new ways as they will have to first unlearn the old ways. Smaller puppies on the other hand have higher metabolism rates and combining that with the fact that they have smaller bladders makes it harder for them to stick to what they have learned.

Try to understand the puppy

5 "Must Do" Things When Training Your PuppyIn order to rightfully know how to train your puppy you have to take time and understand him or her. You have to figure out what he or she likes and what she dislikes. You have to establish both the desirable and the undesirable behavior he or she already possesses and the motivation behind such behavior. Figuring out this will enable you discover whether it is frustration or excitement or boredom that drives them towards acting in that particular way and would give you an insight into discovering what kind of training lessons and techniques you have to use to rehabilitate or improve his or her behavior.

Have a good plan

It is good to acquire or develop a training program to help keep track of your puppy’s development. Mostly puppy training is procedural and involves constant repetition of action-reward lessons. Developing or enrolling for a good training program that will serve as a reference point to guide you on your journey to having a properly trained puppy.

Be nice and gentle

Showing cruelty or punishing your puppy when he or she gets out of line is damaging to his development. You don’t have to whip or scream at the puppy every time he does something wrong. Punishment most of the time instills fear rather than loyalty in puppies. Punishing them may cause them to fear you and break the bond between you which will slow down their learning.

Reward good behavior

Rewarding your puppy very time he or she does something good may help fasten their learning progress. Positive reinforcement has proven to be an effective way of training puppies. You could use rewards such as toys games or even treats to appraise good behavior.  Withdrawal of these treats may also serve as a way to reprimand misbehavior. You may consider restraining your puppy from doing what he or she likes as a better alternative to showing him or her cruelty.