Tips to Help your Puppy Grow Into A Well Behaved Dog

It can sometimes be very hard to say no to your new little puppy. They have a way of tipping their cute little heads, and looking at us with those big weepy eyes, and we melt. But no matter how cute they look, and how hard it is to correct them when they are doing something wrong, it is very important to be tough and stand your ground.

Puppies that do not learn the meaning of ‘no’ and who are not taught correctly what they can and can not do, will not know how and therefore continue the inappropriate behaviors well into adulthood. Training can be started young in puppies, and is usually most successful when started at age eight to ten weeks. It is usually at this age when the puppy joins its new home, and is apt to start learning.

When you begin training your puppy, you should always begin with short sessions that incorporate play into them as well. Puppies need the play part of it to keep them listening to you and it will be more effective for you both. Also, it encourages the puppy to trust you when you are having fun.

Teaching the puppy its name is one of the very first things you need to do when training. The puppy needs to know his name before he can progress to other levels of training. If he does not recognize his name, it is doubtful that he will recognize any other commands. Work with him until you feel he is comfortable with it.

One of the other first commands to teach your puppy is learning to sit. When you start training him this command, it is a combination of action and words. You have to be instructing him to sit as you are gently pushing down on his rear end to the sitting position. When he starts to get the grasp of this, and seems to be understanding it, you need to reward him so that he knows he is doing the right thing, and will be more motivated to learning other commands.

Introducing the leash to your puppy may be a little hard to get the hang of for both of you. Your puppy will not fully understand the purpose of the leash and will rely on you to teach him what it means to be on the leash, and the behavior you expect out of him. Eventually, your puppy will know to let you guide him and not try to run off, but it will take a while to learn this.

Remember, when you are training your puppy, it is important to be consistent and do not expect your puppy to learn and perfect everything right away. It is good to be prudent when training, but also remember that your new puppy is there for fun and love as well. Shower him with affection, and praise him often for all the good things he does.

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