You’ve brought a new puppy into your home. He’s cute and cuddly. His huge beautiful eyes melt your heart each time he looks at you.
It’s nice to know that you care so much about your puppy and that he seems to adore you. He needs a lot of TLC to grow, both physically and mentally. Play with him, cuddle him and love him. Show him lots of affection. However, be cautious. Affection must be tempered with respect.
Don’t let those beautiful brown eyes (or blue, green or gold) con you into giving in to your puppy’s every whim. If you let him away with too much, he will not learn discipline and self-control, nor will he learn to respect you. He will be out of control and you will have big trouble on your hands. Remember, he is not always going to be a puppy.
Your puppy needs to know his place in the pecking order of the pack. In your family, your puppy should be at the bottom of the pecking order. You and other adults should be the leaders of the pack. Children should come next, and at the bottom are your puppy and any other animals that live in your home. If you don’t take the role of leader, your puppy will. This will cause him to grow into a disobedient and aggressive dog .
Most dogs who are given their own way when they are puppies end up living along tied to a chain in the backyard. This makes them more aggressive and they will probably end up being put down, or being handed over to the local animal shelter. No one wants a disobedient and aggressive dog , so the animal shelter will eventually be forced to euthanize him. If you don’t want this type of unhappy ending to be a part of your puppy’s life, take the initiative and control your puppy now.
Taking control of your puppy doesn’t mean mistreating him. Give him lots of affection, play with him and bond with him. Also be consistent and make him obey simple commands.
Never bully or terrorize your puppy into submitting to your demands. This will backfire and you will find that your adorable puppy has grown into a full size aggressive monster that no one can control. A puppy that is treated this way will bite, and he will bite you or anyone else that crosses him.
If you respect and love your puppy, he will learn to love and respect you in return. Respect is won, not demanded, and your puppy will not respect you until he learns you are to be trusted.
Be consistent. If you set down rules for your puppy, never change them. Never yell or shout at him. If he disobeys or displays inappropriate behavior, give him a firm, “No!” and correct him. Continue training until your puppy understands exactly what is expected of him. When he obeys, pet him, give him a small treat and praise him verbally. Something as simple as “good boy,” gets the message across.
If you spend time training your puppy every day and give him firm and gentle coaching, it will build his trust. Following directly behind will be love, confidence, and respect. This will bring about a firm bond that will ensure a wonderful relationship with your puppy into adulthood and beyond.
When training a puppy it is best to start young. The old adage “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is usually right. However, there are certain ways and methods you have to use to train a puppy. If you attempt to train a puppy the same way you would train a full grown dog then your results won’t be as successful as they could be. First of all understand that training a puppy will take time and dedication. You have to reinforce certain behaviors and that may involve just watching your puppy for a little while. It can be time-consuming, but it’s worth it. But without further ado, let’s take a look at the Early Stages of a puppy.
During the first 2-3 weeks, you shouldn’t worry about training your puppy. It really can’t learn anything, so it would be a waste of time. However the second month or a little sooner you should begin training. The key is to start off slow and keep it positive. Never should you hit a puppy for doing something wrong. It is not old enough to understand what it did wrong. So instead reward the puppy for good behavior.
This is essential. Instead of thinking about what you don’t want your puppy to do. Think about what you do want him or her to do. This is where your creativity comes in. Understand that some things are natural. Things, like digging, gnawing, and using the bathroom, are things that you can’t stop. However instead of punishing your puppy for doing his business on your carpet, reward him when he does it in your yard. Now it is recommended that you use a firm tone and say “NO” to him when your puppy does something you do not like, however, be sure you reward them every time they do the opposite. This can take time, but as time goes on you will have to reward them less and less as using the bathroom outside becomes a habit. Also be careful when you say things after “NO”. For example don’t say “NO, I can’t believe you did that “your dog may not understand the “NO” part and may just disregard the whole thing. Remember to get “NO” into there head
One of your goals should be to get your puppy to respond well to you. A key part of being obedient is for your puppy to come to you when you call. In order to do this, every time you call your puppy, give him a treat. You want to make the puppy happy to come to you. This may take a few weeks, but eventually, your puppy will come to you every time without any hesitation. There is a catch to this trick though. You can never do it right after your puppy does something you do not approve of. You may unknowingly reinforce bad habits.
In a perfect world, positive reinforcement alone would be enough to train your puppy perfectly. However, realistically some negative reinforcement is necessary. The key is to know how to do it. First of all, you should never hit your puppy when you call him. This can be counterproductive to what we learned earlier about making your puppy want to come to you. Alright so if you can’t hit your puppy, what should you do? It’s simple; just tell them NO in a firm voice. It’s very important to do this right after they perform the behavior that you do not approve of. Take them back to the area where they did what you did not approve of, and simply say NO, NO, NO. Be firm but don’t yell. Don’t expect immediate results. Eventually, though a puppy will associate the word “NO” with something that they should not do.
Potty training your puppy can be one of the most challenging yet rewarding things to do. You’re going to have to watch your puppy like a hawk. When your puppy uses the bathroom in the house or in another area you don’t want him to, simply take him to that area, let him smell his mess, and just say “NO”. Don’t shove your dog ‘s nose into it that’s cruel and it serves very little purpose. This alone is not enough however, when your puppy does his business outside or another area you approve of, immediately praise your puppy and give him treats. Stick with this routine and your puppy will be potty trained in no time.
This problem gets its own section because of its one of the most common complaints with puppies. Puppies love to chew things. That is not going to change anytime soon. It’s a puppy’s instinct. Since it can’t be prevented, you have to minimize it. The first method is the most trouble, but it has the best results. Use a product such as Bitter Apple, or any other substance with a discouraging taste. Put it in the areas of your furniture that your puppy likes to gnaw on. The other method is to just keep your puppy out of areas that have furniture you don’t want your puppy to gnaw on. Either way, you also should give your puppy a chew toy afterward. It helps to put bits of meat or another substance your puppy likes on the chew toy to make it more pleasurable. Keep in mind this can be very frustrating because your puppy is damaging things that are possibly very expensive. However just be patient, and keep training and eventually he will stop this nasty habit.
As your puppy gets older he may do things to try and establish dominance. Things like biting people, or growling angrily at your own family members. It is critical that you stop this as soon as you see it. You have to remember that while your puppy is a domesticated animal, it is still an animal, and it will instinctively try to make itself the dominating figure. To prevent this from happening you need to immediately discipline the puppy when it bites someone. Even if it appears as if the puppy is just playing, it has to learn that biting is not part of playing. As usual reward your puppy when it is playing nicely. Whatever you do never condone a puppy for biting or nipping at someone. It is unacceptable and may lead to bad results when your puppy gets older.
There are a few Key Points you should keep in mind with your puppy