The first few hours spent with a perky, peppy new puppy is joyous and memorable. In the weeks that follow, that joy can turn into frustration. When you’re cleaning up piles of poop, you may regret your decision. Get the joy of dog-owning back into your routine. The advice below will help you set out a winning strategy.
Make it clear to your dog that their crate is their home. Meal times should be given within the crate while the door remains open throughout the meal. This will create a good association between the crate and their food.
Don’t reinforce your dog’s negative behavior by accident. Don’t give your dog any attention or treats when he is being bad. For instance, do not rub its head when it comes and jumps at you when you get home when you do not want your dog to do this.
Training is an ongoing process – your dog needs to be constantly reminded of the rules! Do not assume that your dog will remember his training all his life. Don’t allow your dog to get out of the habit of good behavior. For this reason, you need to reinforce what your dog has learned in training or better still, teach him a new trick every now and then.
With the right encouragement, most dogs can learn to roll over pretty quickly. The first step is a simple “lay” command. The next step is to hold a treat close to the floor by the dog’s head then continue to move the treat over his head until you reach the other side. They’ll follow your treat with their nose which will cause them to roll over. As he is rolling over, give the “roll over” command, and do this repeatedly until he can roll over with just the command and without the treat. Make sure you are patient because this is likely to take several attempts. However, your dog will eventually learn this command.
Pick a phrase you will say to your new puppy the whole time you are working on house training him. Whenever you bring him outside, repeat your chosen phrase in a firm but gentle tone to encourage him to undertake the action and associate the act with the place.
One of the very first commands you should teach a new puppy is the “leave it” command, which tells them to drop an item and step back from it. This command teaches them to cease chewing on furniture or items around the house and it keeps them safe from filthy or hazardous items outside.
Canine training involves using equal amounts of patience, dog treats and love. The advice above will help ensure you come out with a great dog in the end. Although changes may take awhile to happen, consistency will lead to happiness, for both you and your dog.