June 27, 2017

Training A Brand New Puppy

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by Tim Sockes

If you are the owner of a new puppy, best wishes to you! You can expect to enjoy yourself but it can be discouraging at the same time. At one moment, you are grinning at him for being so adorable, but the next moment, you want to yell at him because he broke something in your home. So when it concerns training your puppy, the quicker you accomplish this, it will be better for you.

Even though it is crucial to train your puppy quickly, you still must be patient. Let’s face reality. This is something different for the puppy to deal with. You are going to have to give him some time. He is not going to learn everything the first day when he comes to his new house.

The beginning part of the puppy training should be focused on boundaries. What can the puppy do? Where can it go? All these things have to be answered. The best way is just to simply keep an eye on him. Watch and see where he goes when he is in the house. If he walks into closet, be prepared to say “NO”. The dog will soon get a sense by your tone, and where he is in the house, as to where he can go, and where he cannot.

You should be sure to walk him often on a leash. It is not only good for physical stimulation, it also helps reinforce that he is to do his business outside. After he has relieved himself, be sure to reward him with a treat so that he knows he has learned well.

One of the most annoying situations for people with new dogs is when their dogs won’t quit barking. You desire for it to be peaceful and to have silence, but the dog feels otherwise, right? But, it is not as though the dog barks for the reason of making you mad. You have to begin to notice the dog’s barking habits.

Try really paying attention to the details. What is the cause? Is it something obvious which is attributing to the barking, or is it something subtle? Often a dog will bark when it sees someone it doesn’t really know. Dogs are naturally territorial, and will bark at a person, as if to say “back off”.

The real key to get your dog to stop barking is to simply be prepared. Know what’s the cause of it and act upon it before he starts barking. For instance, if the dog barks at the mailman, be prepared for it. You should have some idea of when your mailman delivers the mail everyday. Around that time, put a leash on your dog. When you start to see the mail car give a little tug on the leash, before he even gets a chance to bark. It’s a nice jolt to the system.

A better method is if you are outdoors, have a water pistol on hand. If you recongize what triggers your dogs barking, give him a squirt of water before he starts barking. Soon enough he will make the connection between the water and his barking. This won’t mean anything if you don’t give him a reward for not barking. There has to be positve and negative reinforcement.

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