Training your puppy should be fun for both you and the puppy. You will quickly see that puppies have an astonishing ability to learn complex demands very easily and quickly. Below follows a few tips that you should keep in mind when training your puppy.
1. Start with training your puppy as soon as they arrive at your home. Although puppies should learn very quickly, there attention span will be relatively short, and you should therefore try to not spend more than 10 – 15 minutes on training twice daily.
2. Proceed with training when your puppy is relaxed, and when the atmosphere around the house is quiet. You should move the location for training to an increasingly more complex and more stimulating environment after your puppy has learned a response in one environment,. It is important for your puppy to be trained in each environment that you wish for them to react in.
3. Learning occurs more quickly if one person teaches the puppy first and then the other family members get drawn in. You should train the puppy using one-word commands like “come” and “sit down”. You should attempt not to use the puppy’s name in connection with the command, as too much verbal commands are puzzling and will slow down the learning process.
4. Reward suitable behavior as soon as doable after giving the command, but it is best within ½ second. Give respected rewards such as food, touch and praise your puppy every time they respond to a command. You will rapidly learn which reward is more appreciated by your puppy. As soon as the response is learned, give the rewards sporadically. This will produce quick learning and generate a more permanent response.
5. If your puppy does not succeed at any level of the training process, stop the training, do not reward your puppy and start the training process again, but at a simpler level. How consistently a puppy reacts to a command is a role of the degree of training. If a puppy reacts only when they feel like it, or when the environment is calm, you should start again and train more deeply.
6. You should be patient, and never punish your puppy. The contrary of reward is to not reward, and not punishment. A punishment that causes pain or exhilaration does not work and usually causes problems. Punishment may also get in the way of the bond between the owner and the animal. If the puppy is doing something that is unsuitable, you should distract the reward or use the reward for responding to a command which is unsuited with the unwanted behavior.