Come When Called 1: Puppy Basics | Teacher’s Pet With Victoria Stilwell
Some say that it’s always better to start early. This adage also goes true when it comes to training dogs. It’s better to train dogs while they are still pups, although it could be a bit of a challenge when it comes to training pups, but it could be worth it along the way. There is an easy way to training puppies, and mere words won’t be enough to make these puppies follow you, so you have to make use of puppy clicker training so that you can be able to make your puppy follow you in the easiest way,
You don’t really have to bark just for you to be understood by the puppy if you want to train your puppy or if you want it to do stuff for you. All you need to do is to click on a simple clicking device, and you can make your puppy follow whatever you want it to do. When it comes to clicker training your puppy, you should be aware of the limitations of a puppy. It’s a fact that a puppy’s skills are limited, and it can’t do what a grown up dog can when it comes to its mental and physical abilities, so even if you have a clicker, you have to be aware that it should be a progressive training. Start from the simple skills like sitting and fetching because even these simple tricks will take a long time for the pup to digest. Thus, what you also need is a longer patience so that you can be able to train your puppy more effectively. Spend more time with the puppy but don’t make the training too long because just like a kid, you can’t keep a puppy too long for just one particular task. In addition to that, don’t push your puppy too hard, or it might get traumatized at such a young age that it won’t undergo trainings with you when it gets older.
Another adage says, “You can’t teach old dogs new tricks.” With this adage in mind, engage in puppy clicker training so that your pet can learn more tricks in the long run.
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Top Dog Training Tips
People often say to me they wish they had trained their dog when he was a puppy, thinking it is now too late and that they have to live with the bad habits that their dog has accumulated along the way. It is not true. All dogs no matter their age or breed can learn basic training and understand a range of commands at any time. The only difference is that the training may take a bit longer and require additional reinforcement for the older dog.
Dogs are all motivated by the same factors, they want to please you and earn your love and respect. They are eager for acceptance into your family, just like they would be keen to fit into a pack if they were in the wild and are quick to learn how to do this by responding to your reactions. It is therefore important to remember the way you respond to your dog after every action he or she makes will affect how they will act ongoing. Praise, be it in the form of food, a cuddle, a scratch or a walk will enforce the behaviour that went before, while a stern word or ignoring the dog will deter from a repeat of the preceding behaviour.
Below are some simple training tips and techniques you can introduce at home. Of course if you have a puppy, enrolling them in puppy training school is definitely recommended. The skills that both you and your puppy will learn in obedience training are essential to maintaining a happy and harmonious household.
One method of training that is gaining popularity is the use of a crate. The crate provides your dog with a secure place which is their own safe and happy home. By slowly increasing the amount of time the puppy is in their crate, especially over night or while you are out, the crate can become your puppy’s happy space, reducing barking and separation anxiety. Never use the crate as a form of punishment.
Training on a Lead
Ensuring you are in control while walking your dog is essential for both your dog and your children’s safety. It is therefore important to teach your puppy good lead etiquette early on. If your dog starts to drag or pull you, stop walking, say “sit” in a loud, clear voice (if they do not understand, use your hand and firmly press down on the back of the dogs bottom, your dog should then sit), wait for a moment and then start walking again. Do this every time your dog pulls or tugs and they will soon associate the stopping of their walk with the fact they are pulling and will over time be content to walk beside you.
At home you want to make it clear to your dog you are in control and what you expect of him. This will provide your dog with a level of security, as he will know how to please you. Start with simple commands such as sit, down and wait. Once mastered move on to teaching him other useful skills like how to indicate he needs to go outside to go to the bathroom.
Patience and Consistency
While not a training technique in itself, having plenty of patience and ensuring everyone in your house is consistent in the way they train your dog will ensure you are granted with success. If you are not consistent your dog will get confused, especially when they are excited and this will lead to your puppy acting in the wrong way.
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Puppy and Dog Training
If you have a new puppy or dog then you may be interested in providing basic dog training. The training of dog should be taught by an experienced instructor, or you can do the training yourself. The dog training by the instructor may vary in fee and it generally occurs in a class. If you do the training yourself then it is usually free of cost and you can do it at your home. If you choose the option to train the dog yourself then it is best to get enough knowledge about dog training. There are 3 important things that you need to know about dog’s training. These are stay, sit and come. The first part includes the training of your dog to sit. To begin this, you will first require some dog treats. You should do this type of training in some quite environment so your dog does not get diverted.
Tell the dog to sit frequently as you grasp the dog’s treat just over their head. In this way, the dog has to look up and can sit on their own. If still it is not sitting then gently push the rear down. When they sit down, admire them and reward them with treat. This type of training works because dog continuously hears the word ‘sit’ and will be taught to associate the instruction with sitting and getting praise. The other part of dog training is to teach your dog to stay. This is usually a difficult part of training. This type of training is also included with teaching your dog the instruction ‘come’. Sit your dog in some area with no guidelines. Inform the dog to stay frequently as you pull back. Begin with staying an eye contact with your dog. If your dog gets up then say ‘no’ and start again. Keep in mind that training of dog takes time. You may have to sit with dog to reinforce him to stay the first few times.
Once you have get success in this dog’s training, you then begin by walking away with your rear turned. Dogs will usually will get up and go after you at this point. Then inform the dog ‘no’ and begin the training again by frequently saying your dog to stay at your place as you walk away. Once the dog has mastered this command, you may teach it come. After your dog get stayed, say it to ‘come’. You should have a good voice and tap your knee as you say ‘come’. Your pet should response to this type of dog training and you may then give it reward. Always try to make use of praise instead of giving punishment. Dogs react best to optimistic training, rather than negative. With the help of this in mind, you should be able to train your dog the 3 fundamental commands. Follow all of these tips and you have a dutiful and obedient dog. Take as much time as you can in order to get the best dog training.