Top 3 Things To Remember When Training Your Puppy
You will find there are just as many ways to raise a puppy as there are to to raise a child. I think you will find many people have differing opinions. But most of us agree that when it comes to children, certain things are universal and undisputed. Here are three things that many people do not think of when it comes to raising their dog. How many times have we heard, “My dog just won’t listen to me”, or “He just won’t behave!”
1. Keep in mind dogs do not understand English until we teach them. How many times have you seen someone give a command to a dog and the dog just starts at them? We need to teach the command to the puupy for them to understand. To start with puppies will study us to learn our body language, our facial expressions and our language. Until we teach them the English language, it’s all they have. Being consistant with your commands is important, If you say, “Wanna go out?” one day, “Have to go potty?” the next day, and, “Hafta pee?” the third day, how are they going to figure out what we want, the only way is because we have picked up the leash and moved toward the door with a happy face! If you want to speed up his training by three-fold, teach him YOUR language. Pick a command for EACH behavior and stick with it. Tell all in your family to use the same words and commands, and your puppy will amaze you at how much faster he learns.
2. Your young puppy’s metabolism is racing faster than you think. The younger your puppy is, the faster he is growing, the more food and water he needs to fuel his metabolism, and with that he will need to go potty more often. It’s Your Fault not your puppies if he has an house-breaking mistake. Your puppy’s age in weeks and his breed size determine how often he must go out. Once an hour is not too often for a large 8-week old puppy, especially if it is summertime. Dogs love the exciting smells outdoors, so there is no excuse to not have him on a good schedule by 9-10 weeks of age. Right after a nap, after he eats and after grooming are the key times, and he will signal you. If he is happily chewing a toy and gets up suddenly with his nose to the floor, move quickly! Every time he goes potty outside, praise him to high heaven! “What a good BOY!”, “GOOD go potty!” are good examples. Dogs love our happy faces, and they will do anything to get it.
3. Dogs are Excellent at reading expressions and body language. Because of this, the worst punishment you ever need to give your dog is a scowl and to turn away from him. You can see his tail fall down and his face get so sad. He will learn the lesson, I guarantee it. This should only be done for on a span of 3-5 minutes and no longer. Love him up and give him your happy face again. There is never a reason to use Physical punishment, use consistent commands and loving praise and he will know what you want of him before you know. He will become a master of your body language and facial expressions in no time at all. Naturally there are many aspects of training your puppy well. Loving kindness works just as well for puppies as it does with children, creating a happy, well-adjusted and obedient dog for life. These three important tips, used consistently with confidence, will start him well on his way.
Courtesy of ARC Dog Training