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    Puppy Training Tips | Dogs and Puppies

    Articledog training guidesWednesday 18 May 2011
    When it comes to training a puppy you have to be particularly patient and kind. You have to make sure that your puppy enjoys the process. If your puppy is happy then it will make the process of training much easier. To train a puppy successfully you will have to reward for positive behaviour, do not punish for things your puppy does wrong; remember you are still trying to build a positive relationship with your pet. This article should help you learn how to crate train a puppy and give you some other basic dog training tips.

    How to Train a Puppy – The Basics

    Be Sensitive – it is very important that you are gentle when training a puppy. If training is too rough or too scary then it could have a detrimental effect on the pup. If your puppy becomes fearful then it will prevent or inhibit his learning so you must make sure that you are calm and supportive.

    Keep Training Brief – puppies are similar to young children in that they have short attention spans. You have to make sure that you keep your puppy interested in what he is learning and treat him if he does something right. Your puppy will also get tired quite quickly so training in short spurts is the most successful way to train your puppy.

    Be Patient – if you think you can train your puppy in no time at all then you are being unrealistic. Training a puppy takes time and energy; especially crate training a puppy. You will need to repeat things over and over again in order for your puppy to understand and learn. Puppies are quite prone to forgetting things easily so you may find it frustrating to keep repeating the same training exercises but it is essential that you do it and keep calm.

    Keep it Simple – there is no point trying to train your puppy to do complicated things. You will need to teach the simple things first in a step by step approach. You need to encourage your puppy to learn with positive reinforcement.

    Build Confidence – like humans puppies need a confidence boost. You will need to praise your dog lots for the good things he does to increase his level of confidence. Show your puppy you love them and break up training sessions with regular play; puppies like to play and they learn at the same time.

    Crate Training a Puppy – crate training is sometimes harder for you than it is for your puppy. You have to take your pup outside regularly and after a feed or nap. Keeping your puppy in a crate can be hard as he might whimper or want to come out of the crate. You must remember though that sometimes you have to be tough and make him stay inside so that you can train him to urinate outdoors. It is much easier to train your puppy to urinate outdoors when he is young so you must start at an early age to prevent future problems.

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