How To Train Your Puppy
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How to Train Your Puppy: 10 Pieces of Advice on Dog Training

If you are reading this post, first I would like to say congratulates on your new puppy! Dogs give us warm company and endless happiness. They are our friends also family members, however, they can’t speak, and there will always be obstacles in our communication.

How can we get along well with each other under the same roof? Train your dog! Are you a novice at dog training? Worry about the expensive training fees? Don’t feel safe about letting the puppy stay in the school? Here I list 10 pieces of advice based on my experience to help you quickly master the skills of dog training.

  1. Get Yourself Prepared

If you have never trained a dog before, this task will be a little tricky for you. To simplify this task, the first step is to clarify your clues; you can do some research online or ask experienced friends for advice. Then make a plan, such as a schedule for training, or a list of commands you plan to teach the puppy.

If you are well-prepared with a comprehensive plan, the dog training will proceed in an orderly manner.

  1. Buy Necessities For The Puppy In Advance

We need furniture, similarly, dogs need dog supplies, such as a dog toilet, dog playpen, bowls, etc. The dog necessities need to be prepared before the puppy gets home so that he/she could have a comfortable environment for playing and resting.

All these can help the puppy get used to the new environment quickly and make training easier for you.

  1. Introduce A Dog Playpen/Dog Crate

Puppies are naughty and curious about everything. They learn things by sniffing, chewing, scratching, and digging. Some potential risks in the house may harm them, therefore, limiting your puppy in the kitchen or bathroom or utility room with a dog playpen or dog crate can prevent your puppy from dangers and destroying the furniture.

Compared with dog crates, I prefer dog playpens. The dog crate limits a completely enclosed space. I can’t bear to lock my cute puppy inside because he looks so sad in the crate; so I choose a metal dog playpen. But it doesn’t mean that the dog crates are bad. It depends on your needs.

Dog cages/crates can safely lock the puppy, and you don’t have to worry about jailbreaking. Dog playpens are roofless and have several folding panels so you can set the shape as you need. The roofless design makes the playpen versatile, suitable for the house or the backyard. The playpen is not only for the puppy but also practical for the baby. It is more like a piece of equipment to help you limit a specific area for puppy and baby’s safety, easy to use and versatile for anywhere, like going camping.

  1. Regular Schedule

If you want your puppy well-behaved, you need to help him/her develop a routine first, including walking, eating, and playing, which can also improve your schedule and habits. Do not feed your puppy three times today but only one time tomorrow. Do not walk your puppy every day this week, but he/she never goes outside next week. Follow the formed routine during and after the training.

  1. House Training

It is important to teach the dog to defecate and urinate in the right place as early as possible, otherwise, the house will be dirty and messy. House training requires several times of guidance and little punishment and lots of rewards when the puppy does it right, so you need to be patient. Feed your puppy at similar times every day. And after the dog eats, drinks, or wakes up, take him/her outside. This is based on the previous point, a regular schedule and routine.

  1. Socialization Training

When your dog finishes all necessary vaccination and is healthy, you can often take him/her out to meet new people and dogs. It is good for puppies to get along with new things and to go to new places. Socialization training should be carried out as early as possible to help dogs adapt to various new situations. Well-socialized dogs will understand humans better and do better when responding to accidental situations.

  1. Always Walk On A Leash

A leash not only keeps your dog walking with you obediently but also is safe for dogs and passers-by. Not everyone likes dogs; even some people are afraid of dogs, so be sure to use a leash when walking the dog. This is more for safety considerations.

  1. Teach Basic Commands
  • Sit and Wait

The “Sit” command is generally used to make the dog quiet. For example, when you are preparing dinner for the dog, he/she keeps howling to you. This is noisy and you cannot concentrate. The “Sit” command can make the puppy be quiet and wait for you.

The “Wait” command is an upgraded version of the “Sit” command. It is mostly used when a dog stays somewhere to wait for you. For instance, when you need to go to a place where dogs are not allowed, you can let the dog wait for you for a while. The “Wait” command is perfect for preventing dogs from escaping from doors, crates, or cars.

When teaching instructions, every time the puppy completes the action correctly, remember to reward snacks and praise the puppy.

  • Come and Emergency Recall

The “Come” command is for recalling the puppy to come home from the yard or come to you in the open air. When you first start this command, make sure that that you are calling him/her for good or happy things, otherwise, the dog would refuse to come near (because the dog thinks that something unhappy is waiting for him/her), which will make this command difficult for completing.

The emergency recall is somewhat different from the “Come” command and is used in emergency situations. For example, a car is driving fast and the dog needs to avoid it. Therefore, the words representing the emergency recall command need to be different, different from the “come” command.

  • Leave it and Drop it

The “Leave it” command is used to keep your dog away from what you think is dangerous or expensive. When your dog is curious and gets close to the new gift you just received, you can use “leave it”; when the dog tries to steal food on the table, you can use “leave it”, however, when you fail to stop the dog biting your leather shoes, you need to use the “Drop it” command.

  1. Keep Practices

After all the training you planned has been completed, you also need to practice the commands repeatedly, letting the dog reviewing the past and learning the new. I believe that all commands you teach must be used in the dog’s life and to improve the relationship between you two. Therefore, dog training should not be one-off activity but repeated practice.

  1. Have A Talent And Skill

If your dog has already learned many basic commands, you can teach him/her some tricks. It can be an interesting trick such as “turning over” or “playing dead”. Tricks are not required but can bring fun to you and make the dog praised for good behavior.

No matter what breed your dog is, whether it is a puppy or an adult dog, training is helpful and can save you from a lot of unnecessary hassle; at the same time, dog training can enhance your relationship. Finally, I hope these pieces of advice are helpful and hope your dog grows up healthily and happily forever!

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