Training your puppy should be both a fun and very rewarding experience for both you and your puppy. Puppies possess an astonishing ability to learn difficult demands speedily. This article contains some valuable information that will assist you in training your puppy. You should begin training your puppy as soon as you get your puppy. Puppies learn very fast, but their attention span may be very short.
You should therefore spend 10-15 minutes twice on a daily basis. Always try and do the training when the puppy is not excited, and relaxed and when the home environment is calm. As soon as the puppy has learned a reaction in one environment, you should move the training location to an increasingly more complicated and more interesting setting. You should have your puppy trained in each environment that you want them to respond in. Learning will occur much quicker if one person trains the puppy first and then the other family members get involved at a later stage. When training your puppy, use one-word commands like “sit down” and “come”. Also try to not use the puppy’s name in connection with the command. Too much verbal commands will confuse your puppy and slow down the learning process.
You should repay correct behavior the moment after you have given the command. Provide your puppy with prized rewards such as touch, praise and food every time they react to a command. You will quickly come to know which reward is more appreciated by your puppy. As soon as the response is learned, you should give your puppy the rewards occasionally. This will help them to learn more quickly, and make the response more lasting. If your puppy is unsuccessful at any of the training levels, you should not give them a reward – but start the training again at a simpler level. If your puppy only responds to training when they feel like it or when the environment is quiet, you should again start with the training, but in a more intense manner.
Be tolerant of your puppy, and never chastise them. The opposite of rewarding your puppy is to not give them a reward – not punishing them. A punishment resulting in pain or enthusiasm will not work, and in general usually causes troubles. Punishing your puppy may also get in the way of the bond between the owner and the puppy. If your puppy is doing something wrong, divert their attention or make use of a reward for responding to a command which is contrary to the unwanted behavior.
Trained puppies are usually happier than untrained puppies, and they also make wonderful companions.