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    How to Start Training Your Puppy

    Articledog training guidesThursday 07 April 2011

    You can’t start training your puppy soon enough, they start learning and remembering from a very young age so it is the best time for training a puppy to follow the basic commands and behaviour. Training a puppy isn’t easy but it is worth putting the time and effort in now so that you have a well behaved and friendly adult dog. This guide will help you in the process of training your puppy and helping you to avoid some of the easy mistakes.

    Training a Puppy

    • By the time you collect a puppy from a breeder they will have already learnt quite a lot and developed their personality. If you start training a puppy early, you will have a much better chance of the training being successful and it is much easier to correct bad habits in a puppy than in an adult.

    • One of the main problems with training your puppy is to know where to start. A good way of maintaining some sort of structure to your training is to make a list of the traits that you most want from your dog and concentrate on the most desirable, it could be a dog that doesn’t bark or doesn’t jump up. The basics that should be taught to every dog are to sit, stay, not to pull on a lead and to go to the toilet outside.

    • Training your puppy to get used to going in and out carrying box or crate will save some headaches in the future should they need to go to the vet.

    • The internet is a fantastic resource when you train a puppy. You may well encounter problems that you can’t overcome. There are many people online who will have had the same problem and will be happy to help you.

    • Similarly, it will be easier to gain an understanding of dog psychology on the internet. This can’t be overlooked when training a puppy. Many people let their puppies get away with anything because they look cute, or they treat them like children. It is important to understand how a dog’s mind works to get the best results from your puppy training.

    • Consistency is by far the biggest thing to observe when you train a puppy. It is unreasonable to expect a puppy to understand that he is not allowed to beg for food if you feed him food from the dinner table at meal times.

    • Puppies thrive you use a training method that revolves around rewards. Dogs are pack animals and want to please the leader (you) so when they do something well, reward them with attention or a treat. Keep practicing training your puppy until they observe your commands every time.

    • Once this has been done you can move on to other things such as playing fetch, shaking hands and playing dead. Training your puppy on a reward based system will make it a fun experience for the both of you.
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