Training a Puppy is Like Raising a Child
Training is additionally crucial for your puppy because it is showing them the boundaries of their world.
Puppies and dogs want to understand the world
They live in, just like humans.
You know to drive on the right side of the street, to leave a tip at restaurants, and how to greet people.
Some basic things, like saying “hello,” “goodbye,” “please” and “thank you” were taught by your parents when you were young. They taught you good manners, just like you will show your puppy good ways.
Some things you learned as you grew older.
You learned about driving in driver’s education, and how to tip from social norms and maybe from your friends. You can feel how difficult it is to travel to a different country where the cultural customs, methods of greeting, and perhaps even side of the streetcars drive on is different.
You feel out of place like you can’t understand, and like you may be misbehaving.
But just like training a puppy, if you have a guide who tells you the customs of the new culture, you can make your way. This is what you are teaching your puppy:
You are teaching him or her the traditions of the human world, the expectations of the dog-human relationship, and what is expected of them.
Just like raising a child, your puppy will test boundaries and push back on some things.
This is normal.
Just move ahead with your training and reinforce what you are teaching.
Your dog will live a healthier, happier life because of it.
Puppy Training Begins Immediately
When you get your little puppy (or pet) home, preparing should begin right away.
Try not to sit around fussing over the ideal toys, hound bed, neckline shading or name.
(OK, do pick the right name!) The most important thing that determines the success of your puppy in his early life and turning into a well-behaved dog “teenager” and adult is your relationship with him from day one.
Puppies learn very quickly, and if you don’t start reinforcing good behaviour and appropriate behaviour from the start, your puppy will begin getting unfortunate propensities promptly, and it will be
Harder to address these down than the line than if you simply start on the correct foot.
You should be prepared to feel a lot of emotions throughout the first few weeks and months of owning a puppy.
It’s not easy, believe us, we have years of puppy training experience.
There come many frustrations, annoyances, struggles and more.
Owning a puppy and raising it to behave well is not a walk in the park.
However, if you follow the tips, guides and steps for training that you will find in this book, your puppy will have the advantages he or she needs to live a successful, full, happy and obedient doggy life So, prepare yourself to feel some sadness or frustrations.
Be prepared to question your competence when trying to train. However, realise that these feelings are likewise typical reactions to doggy proprietorship.
The best thing to do is not get mad at yourself, to be patient with your puppy as well as yourself, and to remain calm, cool and collected.
Puppy is exceptionally touchy to little non-verbal communication changes, and they will have the option to tell when you are tragic.
This means they might cheer you up with some extra snuggles when you’re feeling down, but it also means if you’re feeling frustrated, stressed or unconfident, your dog will feel the same So project confidence, authority and calm to your puppy, and you will find your puppy mirroring back these positive emotions.
Consistency and Routine is Key
As you go through our book about puppy training, you may wonder how often to do the practice recommended in here. The most important thing for your new puppy is consistency and routine.
For example, during potty training, when your puppy eliminates in the back yard, the action needs to be met with a reward every time.
When your puppy is chewing, it needs to be met with a “no” every time. Every action must have a predictable and consistent reaction.
Otherwise, your puppy will get confused, and training will proceed much slower. Routine is also crucial.
At the beginning of potty training, for example, you should take your puppy outside to eliminate every hour.
Your puppy should be fed at the same times every day.
This routine helps give the puppy a sense of normalcy.
They are in a new environment, with a new caretaker, and there is a lot of new stimulation.
But, at the same time, puppies have very short attention spans.
This means you will need to keep the training session as quickly as possible. Do not train for long periods, but take breaks to let your puppy be a puppy and have fun and roll around on the floor with you.
Training should be fun!
Clicker Training and Rewards
Before you begin puppy training, you should be familiar with clicker training. Clicker training is widely considered the most precise and effective method of dog training in the industry, and purchasing a clicker (usually less than $2 online or in a pet store) is definitely worth the investment So how does clicker training work?
When your puppy acts correctly, you use the plastic clicker to make a loud “CLICK” sound.
Then immediately after, you give your puppy a treat reward.
The point is that your puppy begins to associate the click with a treat reward, and he or she knows that the click means a behaviour has been performed precisely and correctly.
If you only use treat rewards, sometimes you may fumble with getting treats from your pocket, or you don’t say the command exactly when you should, and your puppy is confused about what behaviour correctly is being rewarded.
With the click, you can precisely and accurately communicate to your puppy what action earned the reward.
Always make sure to click before giving the treat reward, as you want your puppy to associate the click with doing well solely, and not another action, for example, if you are reaching for food at the same time as making the click.
What sort of treats makes good rewards? It is best to use small, bite-size gifts, as you will be using them often to reinforce good behaviour.
You can pick up puppy or dog treats from your local pet store, but remember that your little puppy will get full a lot faster than a full-grown Great Dane! You can also use human food to reward your dog, like carrots, apple pieces, sardines, non-butter air-popped popcorn, or veggies.
Do not feed foods that are harmful to dogs, like chocolate, grapes, avocado, or raisins.
Always double-check with a search online before feeding a meal to your puppy, and
avoid a trip to the emergency room. Many human foods are even lethal to dogs, so always check.
That is a basic introduction to puppy training, are you getting excited to grow and build your relationship with your new best friend? We hope so.
In the next chapter, we’ll discuss your puppy’s daily routine and how to set some ground rules for behaviour
Why Is Training So Important?
Training is of the utmost importance because it is the way you and your pup learn to communicate with each other, and it establishes the groundwork for the relationship you will have throughout your puppy’s entire adult dog life. Training is communication.
If you start building a relationship based on trust, communication, clear expectations, and leading your puppy toward the success of being obedient and gaining new skills, you both will benefit.
You will both be happier and feel closer to each other.
Training builds trust.
Learning to obey your commands, how to navigate his or her new home, and interact with you is a lot for a new puppy.
It is also a lot for a human! Communication is hard in human relationships sometimes, and we have all the advantages of a shared language. So it is more difficult between species, especially when one of those partners is but a baby! So again, remember to bring patience and calm to your training sessions.