Basic Training for a Puppy Part I

The most important elements in your puppy’s training program are perseverance, patience, and praise. Do not wait too long to start basic training; this would not be fair to your new puppy.

Good Manners

It’s nice to have a well- trained dog . It is advisable to begin a training program when the dog is still a puppy; when he is an adult dog, he will have learned all the rules that you have established for him.

If your puppy has a comfortable place to be, he is less likely to want to occupy yours. A firm “no” accompanied by a clapping sound will indicate his error. Your puppy will learn soon if you mean business. There are also repellent sprinklers for dogs that can be used to keep them away from the furniture. They have an unpleasant smell for dogs but not for you, and they are harmless if the furniture carpet is sprayed with them.

Young dogs are especially exuberant, and they will not hesitate to let you know. When your puppy jumps on you (or on any other person), grab its front legs and put them on the ground, at the same time saying a resounding “No.”

A puppy feels anxious and likes to try his new teeth on almost anything. The best thing you can do to satisfy that need to bite and diminish your cravings is to give it a suitable object to bite. In pet shops you will find products made of suitable materials, specially designed to meet the needs of a puppy to bite, safe and effective and that will provide countless hours of pleasure and fun. These products exist in a variety of interesting sizes and designs: bones, knots, and rings. An important additional benefit is that these devices contribute to the general cleaning of the teeth while performing a vigorous massage of the gums, helping to protect your puppy against dental diseases.

If you discover your puppy biting any other object than those that are allowed to bite, show him immediately your disapproval by firmly saying “No” and removing the forbidden object. On the contrary, when you bite your objects destined for that purpose, caress and praise it repeatedly. Make sure everyone in the house does the same thing constantly.

If your puppy barks when you are absent, your neighbors will let you know quickly. Your complaints will be justified. So take the trouble to get your canine friend away from that habit while you’re still in time to do so. Pretend you are leaving, but wait silently outside the door. Probably the puppy will begin to howl as soon as he thinks you’ve left. He shouts “No, no, no” and quickly returns to the interior, quarreling and showing great signs of disgust. A few lessons like this, before your bad habit takes root, will teach you that the only result you can get from howling and barking is an angry master.

A dog that barks as a warning is a valuable companion, but a charlatan who barks for any reason and at any time is a nuisance unless he is taught to stop doing it as soon as he is commanded.

Training to Obey

Although your puppy has to learn grooming habits and good manners from the day he arrives at your house, simple obedience orders like the ones presented here can wait until he is at least six months old. It is very important to keep in mind the need to be patient in everything related to the training of a dog. Along with patience, you have to have proof. If you have this well in mind while you are training your puppy , you will have more chances of success.

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