This article will show you 10 foolproof puppy training strategies to get your puppy into the learning frame of mind as soon as possible. Puppies have a lot to learn so start training your puppy soon!
These 10 Foolproof Puppy Training Strategies Will Give Your Pup a Great Start in His Training
Your puppy is relying on you to teach him which behaviors are acceptable and which are not. You can begin training your puppy in short sessions no more than five minutes each. This will help him get used to training. Make these sessions enjoyable for your puppy so he will look forward to them.
#1 – Social Development
#2 – Mental And Physical Stimulation
Every puppy thrives on both mental and physical stimulation. Exposing your puppy to new environments and experiences can greatly enhance your puppy’s interest in learning new things. Puppy walks or games are great ways to stimulate your pet both mentally and physically.
#3 – Hand Feed Your Puppy
Whenever possible, hand feed your puppy. This teaches him/her to like human contact, even when your puppy is eating from his food bowl. Not feeding by hand can lead your puppy to turn aggressive in the future to whoever tries to get near him/her while feeding.
#4 – Training Environment
Always begin your puppy training inside the home where your puppy stays. Your puppy will learn faster when he/she is in a familiar environment. Outdoor training should only be attempted when your puppy reliably obeys commands in your home.
#5 – Step-by-Step Training
Work on one new exercise, command, or trick per training session. This will allow your puppy to learn, understand and familiarize each new training better and faster.
#6 – Words And Commands
Make sure you always use and repeat the same word or command for each particular training. Attempting to be creative will confuse your puppy and prolong the training session.
#7 – Best Time To Train
The best time to train your puppy is before each meal. Your puppy is hungry and will respond very well to food treats. This is especially useful if you are just starting out to train your puppy or you have certain difficulty with a particular command or trick. Do balance your rewards with praises and hugs so that your puppy doesn’t associate every reward with only food.
#8 – Offering Rewards
Whenever your puppy obeys or performs to a certain command, praise and reward your puppy immediately. Do not delay in giving rewards as you might be accidentally rewarding for the wrong behaviors. After it is familiar with a particular command, reduce the frequency of the reward. This will allow your puppy to continue to respond well to the same command or behavior as it won’t know when is the next reward coming.
#9 – Reprimand And Punishment
Never use any physical corrections or harsh yelling when your puppy misbehaves as this can cause fear and promote future aggressive behavior in your puppy. Reprimand your puppy by using a stern voice instead and only when you actually caught it misbehaving.
#10 – Training Sessions
Train your puppy, in short, frequent sessions. Puppies have a short attention span and will get easily distracted or bored. Train your puppy for ten minutes each session and then play with him/her with its favorite toy to stimulate your puppy’s learning process.