9 Tips for Exceptional Dog Training
Congratulations on bringing in a puppy into your family. However, you will soon find out how training your little Fido is important.
When it comes to successful dog training, there are two things you need to know and they are the following:
- Your attitude, approach, and expectations will have a huge bearing on how an effective puppy trainer you will end up being
- There is more to training your puppy than teaching it obedience commands.
But you need not worry because puppy training is pretty straightforward. The most important thing you will need is to have an understanding of how the brain of your little pup works, patience, and common sense.
In this article, we reveal to you some vital puppy training advice guaranteed to start training your new family member on the right foot. These tips will ensure that life is not only easy for you as the trainer but that your dog also enjoys it.
1. Start Early
The best time to get started with your puppy obedience training is the moment you bring him home. This is usually when he is around eight weeks old.
Start teaching him simple dog obedience commands such as name recognition, “Sit”, and “Come” among other things.
A young puppy is pretty much like a sponge and will just keep soaking things up. This is why it is recommended to start training it obedience right away.
2. Control Your Training
When everything is proceeding well, you can be tempted to continue training it. And dogs also appear to have unlimited energy reserves. However, when a dog overworks, it can become exhausted mentally just like us. This is why it’s important that the training is controlled. Set a timer and ensure you stick to it.
3. Plan Your Sessions
Without a proper plan about what you intend to teach your dog during training, your session can easily turn into a disaster you want to forget quickly. Dogs are extremely intelligent and can even smell confusion. It will be difficult for them to deliver results if you are not clear about what you want from them.
It’s advisable to always write down your goals and objectives for the session. This is easily done on your phone or even on a piece of paper.
4. Little & Frequent Is the Key
When it comes to training your puppies, the best thing is to keep the sessions short. A 3 to 5-minute session is fine for an 8-week old pup. This can be increased gradually as the attention span of the puppy increases. It is generally much more effective to give your dog several short sessions a day than putting it through a marathon of say, 20 minutes.
I strongly recommend buying a dog training program that lets you teach it at home. One popular program that I used on my two puppies is Brain Training for Dogs. It is affordable and written greatly with lots of games and videos.
5. Train with A Friend
Just like when you are working out, training your dog can be quite boring. Also, you may not see the areas that you could do better on, and it doesn’t hurt to have an extra pair of eyes to train it. Also, training your dog in the company of another person gives it a chance of improving important steadiness skills since they wait patiently for their turn.
6. Keep Smiling!
This is one of the best puppy training tips yet one that many people easily forget. Smiling as you train your puppy is important in fostering a strong bond with your pup from the get-go. Training your dog successfully takes a lot of patience, good humor, and lots of love.
If you are stressed out or angry, Bingo will sense it and it might impact the training.
Always end your sessions on a positive note. Usually, end it with something your puppy can do will. This ensures that he’ll have a good memory of training. If you aren’t in the mood, it would be better not to start a session.
7. Manage Your Expectations
It’s important to remember that your puppy is just like a baby and you need to treat it as such. No pup is born knowing that he needs to pee or poop outside the house. In the same way, you cannot expect him to just know his name.
A human baby will usually require months to learn to talk and walk. Toilet training also tends to take years.
The same applies when it comes to training your puppy. While little Fido will eventually learn how to sit, pee and poop outside, and not to chew on things, etc, you cannot expect it to learn these in a couple of weeks.
You will need not only to be patient and practice, but it also takes a lot of time.
Effective training requires that you understand the body language of your puppy and also how he develops and grows. This will enable you to curb your expectations and customize your approach in a way that fits its needs, personally, and age.
8. Don’t Head Straight Into Training
It’s recommended that, before you embark on a training session, you have some time to play with it. Do not just arrive from work and head straight to training. Remember your dog spent the whole day in a crate and so you need to cheer him up a little before you can start training.
An energetic play session is a surefire way to get your pooch’s energy out. It also strengthens the bond between you two. After that, you can now give it a short training session.
9. Always Focus on Positive Reinforcement
Research shows that negative reinforcement is not as effective in training dogs to follow commands as positive reinforcement is. Instead of correcting it when it does something wrong, focus on training him on what you want him to do. When he gets it right praise and reward him.
Brain Training 4 Dogs is one of the best programs that use positive reinforcement in training. The author says that when you use force and punishment, you only create a wedge between you and your dog. This program comes in a digital format so you can get it instantly and start using it right away.
Unfortunately, we are not all natural puppy whisperers. Those occasional 20 minutes spent in the garden won’t crack it. Therefore, if you want to be the best trainer for your dog, you need to use the above tips to achieve your goals. Combine this with a good program and you won’t have a problem when it comes to how to train your dog to be obedient.