#1 – Social Development
Help and make sure your puppy meet and socialize with as many people as possible. These experiences allow your puppy to be comfortable with humans and reduce the likelihood of any future behavior problems.
#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 feeding from his food bowl. Not feeding from hand can lead your puppy to turn aggressive in the future to whoever that 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 of its 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 just 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 you puppy misbehave 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 you 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.