Canine experts list 10 training tips to eliminate ‘unwanted behavior’ in puppies
Canine experts have released 10 essential tips to ensure your pup suppresses “unwanted behavior” from an early age.
The Dogs Trust has talked about the importance of establishing ground rules from the day you bring a puppy into the family.
Working hard on training is key to ensuring your dog will perform well later in life.
As part of this, the charity has listed a series of tips to make it easier for dog owners and their pets to taste success.
Once owners can master the basics, the Dogs Trust suggests trying it outside when you’re both confident doing so.
The basics include sit down, sit down, come and go.
The Dogs Trust writes: “A marker is a clear signal that tells your dog that he has understood and can be very helpful when training a new behavior, such as saying ‘yes’ or ‘good’.
“So before you start, find out exactly what a marker is and learn how to introduce it to your pooch.”
They add, “Just as puppies don’t know what it means to sit or leave until you teach them, they can also display other unwanted behaviors.
“It could be going to the toilet indoors or pulling on the leash. You’ll want to prevent them before they become a problem.
The 10 essential tips for training your puppy include:
- Try it without your puppy first, to be clear and avoid confusing it.
- Make sure the training takes place in a quiet space with no distractions.
- Make sure your pup has eaten and gone to the bathroom before you start.
- Only use positive reinforcement – reward with praise or a tasty treat and mix up what you use to make it interesting for your pooch.
- Show your puppy what you want him to do, don’t physically force him to do it.
- Be calm and consistent.
- Keep training sessions short (five to 10 minutes at a time) – and focus on training one behavior before ending the session with a fun game.
- Record your progress – you can film it and/or write it down.
- Be patient. If the puppy is struggling, stop and take a step back and take a slower step next time.
- Have fun and have fun – if one of you is not, pick it up another day.
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