A dog is a man’s best friend. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
These are the two most used quotes regarding dogs. Now, if you want to be best friends with your dog, you better teach him his boundaries while he’s still a puppy. To make things a little easier for you, below are some tips on training puppies.
Be confident. Know that you will succeed in training your pup. Believing in yourself makes all the difference. That said, don’t be nervous and don’t underestimate your dog.
Be consistent! Consistency in puppy training comes in different ways. If you reward your puppy for a certain behavior, you should never scold him later on for doing the same thing. Your puppy will have a hard time knowing if what he’s doing is right or not. In terms of ‘potty’ training your dog, take him out EVERY morning to the same area. This will help form his habit.
Be straight with him. Never resort to fooling your puppy to do something. Also, if you have to punish him for something bad he did, just do it. No need to lure him with praises or treats for him to come closer so you can punish him.
Be in control always. You cannot be too emotional while training your puppy. Control your temper all the time. Also, you need to be in control of your puppy. You’re the leader and your dog should follow you. Not the other way around.
Let your anger pass if you intend to punish your puppy. Temper is a complicated thing and saying and doing things you might regret later will not be good for anyone, even your pet.
Provide your dog with a leash. This may be necessary if you are taking him outdoors. A leash will help control behavior. Just be careful when you tug at the leash. A gentle tug is enough.
Do not let your puppy get aggressive. When you’re playing with your puppy and it starts being aggressive, you need to stop immediately. If it bites you or scratches you with its claws, shout a word like “Ouch” or “No” for him to know you disapprove of his actions. Do not let your pet feel fear. You only need him to stop being aggressive.
Do not encourage rough play. Sometimes, you may be tempted to wrestle or play physically with your dog. Though your only intention is to play with him, your dog might take this as a ticket to play aggressively with you.
Do not let other people over-pamper your pet. Inform those around your dog about the way they should treat him.
Do not be impatient. Training a puppy takes time and a lot of effort on your part.
Do not end the day with negativity. Make sure you end your training session on a high note. This will help you both to look forward for the next session.
Do not go down to his level. This means you shouldn’t put yourself in a position where your pup can easily hurt you.