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How to Train Your Puppy: Tips for a Better Behaved Puppy

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Puppies need to be trained

Puppies are a lot of fun to be with but they equally demand lots of attention, care and time in order to be well brought up; besides grooming, playing with, feeding and taking to the veterinarian about the most important thing that you must know is how to train your puppy otherwise you will not get the best out of her.

In this article I will be talking about the two most important areas of puppy training: house training your puppy and obedience training. To provide the best in these regard for your puppy, you will have to undertake the task yourself.

Of the two types of training that your puppy will require, house training your puppy is clearly the one that you feel an immediate need for. After all a well house trained dog will be easier to train in obedience commands.

House training your puppy

While house training for your puppy is very important, it is essential to know that you must employ an all positive approach so that you do not scare your puppy and make house training a horrible experience that she dreads.

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Puppies are willing to be trained if they are taught.

You should know that young puppies (under one year old) do not have the same level of bladder control as older puppies.

To be successful in house training your puppy, you should ensure that:

  • You frequently take your puppy outdoors and at regular intervals and rewarding her when she eliminate at location that you want her to be doing her business.
  • Prevent your puppy from accidentally doing her business indoors through close supervision and confinement.

House training your puppy is achieved by rewarding your puppy when she eliminates where you want her doing her business and preventing accidental defecation and urination in places that are not acceptable to you.

Employ the use of crating and confinement but keep it to a minimum. Some amount of restriction is essential to make your puppy learn to hold herself.

For instance you could the smart approach of keep her within limit space that is just large enough for her to spread out on the floor and not too large for her to eliminate in one corner of the confinement and still fine enough space to lie down. Your puppy will labor not to eliminate on the place where she will lie down.

How much time does it take to house train your puppy?

The time it takes puppies to learn house training varies from puppy to puppy, however for most puppies you can expect it to take between four to six months. For others it may take as much as eight to twelve months. While some will learn pretty quickly and then seem to retrogress, and never forget that it will take some time for your puppy to develop proper bladder and bowel control.

How frequently should you take you puppy outdoors to eliminate?

Again this is different for puppies but you can safely work with this yardstick: a young puppy (few months) can realistically hold herself for the exact number of hours as her age in months (this is not to suggest that a ten month puppy can stay without eliminating for ten hours).

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It is important that you house train your puppy.

Because they are inactive at night they are able to stay a little longer.

The above mentioned yardstick is a safe guide to work with when trying to determine how frequently you should be taking her outdoors to eliminate in order to prevent accidental defecation and urination.

You should make effort to observe your puppy so that you can come up with a more precise time interval.

Essential tips for house training your puppy

  • Be consistent in your daily feeding schedule and avoid meals in between.
  • Take your dog outdoors at regular interval. Start by taking your puppy outdoors every hour and shortly after nap, meals, first thing in the morning and last thing before going to bed.
  • If do not have the time to keep an eye on your puppy then you should confine her to a crate.
  • When your puppy eliminates outdoors, reward her.
  • If you see her eliminating in unacceptable places in the house, do something (like clapping your hands) to startle her without getting her scare.

Obedience training for your puppy in 4 steps:

Step 1

The very first step on how to train your puppy is to ensure that you have some form of reward at hand because puppies generally respond better with some form of reward as it is very difficult to train a puppy without a reward.

Obedience Training for Dogs: Basic Dog Training Tips

There are two major types of dog training, which are behavioral dog training and obedience training for dogs.

Behavioral dog training is aimed at correcting the bad habits of your dog such as car chasing, jumping, chewing, furniture jumping etc.

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Get your dog’s attention.

It is very essential to be consistent during behavioral training, so that you do not end up confusing your dog. For instance do not allow your puppy on the bed if you will not be willing to allow her on the bed when she is older.

Obedience training for dogs however is getting your dog to obey specific commands such as come, sit, stay and also teaching it to heel.

Obedience training for dogs should be no longer than 10-15 minutes for about 2 or 3 times daily, otherwise your dog might get bored if each training session last beyond 15 minutes. Puppies in particular have a short attention span.

Obedience training for dogs opens up a channel of communication between the dog owner and his dog since effective communication is essential in order to instruct the dog on what is expected of her.

Tips for obedience training for dogs

A very important aspect of obedience training for dogs is to reward your dog during training for good behavior; this will greatly enhance the learning rate of your dog.

Before you issue a command to your dog like come, sit, heel or stay etc learn to first call his name in order to get his attention. For your dog to master obedience training you will have to patiently repeat the same command several times before your start seeing results.

If you are unhappy with the poor performance of your dog during training make sure that your frustration or anger never shows up in your tone of voice because dogs can feel human emotions and will therefore start associating the training with your frustration.

When you issue training commands to your dog make sure you always let it out loud and clear repeating them as often as possible, by so doing your dog will soon start associating the sound of those command words with the corresponding meaning, at which point you will start seeing results that will gladden your heart.

Obedience training for dogs should always start out with the heel command as it teaches your dog the fundamental skills needed to be a good follower. Because dogs are pack animals, the heel command establishes you as the pack leader in the eyes of your dog which will make the other aspects of the training a lot easier as your dog learns to follow you as its leader.

Never be in a hurry to get your dog to master obedience training commands, otherwise you will get everything messed up. Patiently teach one obedience command after the other and only move to the next command when it is pretty obvious to all and sundry that your dog has mastered the command.

Basic dog training commands:

Sit command

The sit command is a very easy skill to teach a dog. It is also of the commands that make it easy to manage a dog because a dog that is able to sit on command is easier to bring under control than a dog that is yet to learn the command.

Teach a dog to sit on command

Get down to your dog’s level – face to face – and with a treat in hand that is held just about an inch over his nose and not any further because you don’t want your dog jumping to reach it. The treat is the trick that you will use to teach your dog to sit on command.

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Teach your dog the sit command.

Get his attention on the treat while holding it slightly over his nose, and then gradually move the treat toward the top of his head backwards while he will naturally track it with his nose and eye until it is held in a position that will force your dog to sit.

The moment he sits, say the sit command with excitement like “SIT!!!” and hand him the treat. The reason behind your excited response is to show your approve of what he has done by sitting while at the same time you are associating the action of sitting with the word SIT. Never forget to always mention the obedience training command word every time your dog responds to the command.

If for whatever reason you are unable to get your dog to the sitting position as just described then use the other hand to gently guide him to sit at point when you think he ought to have sat down. Every other thing reminds the same.