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Puppy Training

By KyLee Grandmaison

Getting a new puppy can be a exciting experience but sometimes it can be a challenge. Puppies are often hyper, impatient, and love to bite! If your idea of a dream dog is a faithful companion, you may want to start training early!

Much like a child, a puppy’s brain absorbs all it sees and hears, so early training should begin around 6 months of age. Is your puppy older? No worries, these tips will still work with just a little more patience–and lots of treats!

Basic training is a must for every puppy, this includes tricks such as sit and stay. Sit and stay lay the basic foundation for every new trick learned.

Make sure you and the puppy are in a enclosed room, away from any distractions so that all of the puppies attention is on you.
Remember to be patient. It will help the puppy understand you more if you don’t yell or scream when you are frustrated as this can potentially hurt the puppies ears.

First, grab the puppy’s attention and let them see the treat. Once their attention is on you, raise the treat above the puppy’s head. The puppy should eventually sit, once the puppy sits, give the treat to them and practice again.

Repetition is everything! Make sure you are constantly working on the trick so that it is reinforced into the puppy’s daily life.
Once sit is mastered, you can move onto stay.

First, make sure the puppy is sitting. Once they sit, start backing away from them slowly, step by step. Take your time, the puppy may get confused and not understand you, but do not reward them, make them sit again and try again. After many trials, the puppy should soon understand that it must sit and wait, until you give it the okay to come.

When we leave the house, we expect to come back to it the way we left it. Puppies will take any opportunity to chew on furniture when they can. One way to avoid this problem is leaving the puppy in a crate when you are out. At first, puppies may see the crate as a scary place, but with your help, you can make the crate a safe and comfortable environment.

If your puppy has a favorite toy than you are in luck! Put the toy in the crate then once they go after the toy reward them with the treat. Repeat this process until the puppy soon becomes comfortable with the the crate.

The puppy will expect a treat every time it goes in the crate. After it goes in the crate on its own than you can start rewarding it without treats. A simple good job followed by pats on the head are a great reward a pet owner can give.

Walking on a leash for a puppy is a new, exciting experience that can get kinda annoying if you don’t expect the unexpected. Puppies love to explore much like kids but they will eat anything from leaves to trash on the sidewalk also known as sidewalk surfing. your puppy can get extremely sick if they sidewalk surf to prevent this from happening be alert at all times.

Start with a leash that is short this will give you more contact with your puppy. Don’t put your earbuds in; taking time away from what you are suppose to pay attention to tells the puppy that they can freely do whatever they want to do. This is how sidewalk surfing starts.

If sidewalk surfing does start, simply take away the the object and correct them by saying ‘no’.

If your puppy starts tugging on the leash then pull them in the opposite direction and start walking in that direction this will give the puppy a scene of who is in charge. This is another really important one because this is a day to day activity. Puppies can get excited and not want to listen to you but with excitement comes pulling. You may be asking yourself how to correct this.

Make sure your puppy is sitting and wearing a properly fitted harness or leash. If your dog or puppy is strong it is recommended to use a harness. It is illegal to walk a dog without a leash on plus it is a lot safer for pedestrians and other dogs if your dog has a leash on. After your puppy is on the leash when walking down the street if they start pulling pull them in the opposite direction. This will allow you to regain control over your dog and let them know that pulling is not allowed.

The hardest part about training is saying ‘no’ but know this is a crucial part in training to correct bad behavior and you will eventually be able to meet your goal. To avoid possibly fatal accidents, teaching your dog to sit at the corner before they cross the street is important. In the summertime this is extremely helpful due to the increased traffic. It will also help you stay calm if they do ever get away from you.

When you are on walks at every corner you give the command sit and stay.

Repetition is key! Keep practicing this command until your dog understands.

Remember, reward good behavior and never get frustrated with your new furry friend! 🙂

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