You brought a puppy home and now you’ve got a cute creature to take care of who will make your life richer and more interesting. You’re happy and feel nothing but joy. Until your puppy destroys your favorite shoes or pees on something.
But don’t reject your new best friend because of lack of training, you can train it and prevent such accidents. Besides, training your dog also strengthens the bond between you.
Here are 5 training tips to make your best friend even better.
1. Chose a good name for your dog and stick to it.
A good name for your puppy is one that is easy to pronounce and contains a strong consonant, so you’ll always be able to say it clearly for your puppy to understand. If your puppy came from a shelter, you can change its name and soon your doggy will get used to it. But once you choose the right name, don’t change it. Associate the dogs name with a positive thing. For instance, call it by its name when you’re planning to take it out for a walk, give it food or a treat, pet it, etc. This way, your puppy will become more responsive to you and will be more likely to come when you call it.
2. Establish some house rules.
Before your puppy comes into your home, think about what you wouldn’t like your dog to do. For example, you may not want your puppy lying on your furniture or chewing it. Once you establish rules, you’ll be ready to accept your new friend into your home.
Just remember to stick to your rules in order not to cause confusion for your puppy or yourself. Enforce your rules constantly until your dog learns how to properly behave. If your dog starts jumping on people, use a strong voice when you say “OFF” and “SIT”. Using strong short words usually does the trick. The same goes for destroying furniture or any other kind of misbehavior.
3. Quiet your dog when it barks excessively.
Dogs usually have a good reason for barking – they do it when they feel threatened, when they are in pain or need something. But sometimes, when all their needs are satisfied and they are still barking, it can become very annoying.
This kind of behavior needs to be controlled as soon as possible, before it turns into a habit and becomes difficult for you to control. Once your dog starts barking excessively, you should use your strong voice to say “QUIET” and then ignore your dog’s behavior. If that doesn’t work, make your dog lie down and then calm it.
4. Feed your dog when it’s calm, not when it’s overexcited.
If your dog is barking and jumping, you should wait until it calms down to feed it. The reason behind this is to avoid food aggression and teach your dog that it can get food only when it’s calm. You don’t want your dog to become aggressive or disrespectful, so you should teach it good manners while it’s still a puppy.
If your dog is not calming down and it’s feeding time, use the command “QUIET” or “STOP” to calm it down, but if that doesn’t work make your dog lie down. When it is calm and obedient, give it food or a treat. Good behavior should be rewarded, while misbehavior should be dealt with by enforcing your rules and showing that you’re the leader.
5. Don’t make a big deal about leaving or coming home.
If you are rewarding your dog when you come home and it is barking in excitement or you show that you’re sad when leaving home, it could potentially lead to separation anxiety in your dog.
It may be difficult for you at first, but when you’re leaving, don’t say bye to your dog, and when you come home, don’t pay attention to it until it calms down. Eventually, it will be calmer about your comings and goings, and you won’t have any problems if you enforce your rules constantly.