One of the most important things you can do is train your puppy properly. The right puppy training is an important area for the well being of you and your puppy. Before you start training you need to have an end goal in mind, just how well trained do you want your pet puppy to be, or in other terms how obedient would you like your puppy to be. Some breeds will be easier to train than others. Hopefully you have already done your research and you know which dog breed is right for your lifestyle. The amount of time and effort you put into the relationship with your puppy is directly proportional to the outcome of the training.
The breed of puppy is one place to start with puppy training, you can not change the breed so choose well. Some breeds are more sociable than others. You can use this knowledge as an edge when training your pup. Sociable dog like to please people more than usual. All your puppy wants to do is fit into your world, let him know he is loved and belongs and he will be happy. A happy puppy is a puppy that is easy to train. Keep this in the back of your mind when training, you can use this knowledge to maintain control over your puppy. Let him know who’s boss and he will do what you ask.
After toilet training the next priority should be for your puppy to learn his name. As with all training you need to keep the lessons short and specific. Puppies have very short attention spans and will not usually co-operate for long periods of time. Find a nice quite place without any distractions, for both you and your puppy. Say his name in a friendly way, usually in a higher pitched voice to gain his attention. Keep saying his name until he responds to you. If he comes over to you then offer praise. You should always call his name when talking to your puppy. He will soon learn what you have named him if you repeat the name often enough and look and gesture towards him when you are calling his name.
Simple commands are similar to learning his name. Use a single word command for “Come” or “Here”, don not try to confuse by saying “Come Here”. Keep the commands to single words as much as possible. Always use emotion in your voice to help your puppy understand. Repeat the tone of your command often enough and he will soon learn the word of the command without the tone. Always praise when your puppy responds positively, and remember to keep each training lesson short. Once your puppy shifts his focus the training session is over, don not try to force training if he’s interested in something else. That will cause cause frustration for you and confusion for your puppy.
Do not punish your puppy for doing the wrong thing at training, no smacking, shouting and so on. Negative behaviors from you send the wrong message and are not fun for either you and your puppy. If your puppy does not have fun with training he will soon learn to shy away from training. You will be left with a puppy who is unable to be trained.
Training your puppy to sit can be another easy puppy training task. Use a lead and collar. Gently push down on the top of his back directly above his back legs and run your hand over the top of his head. The idea is to have his eyes follow your hand. He will raise his head to follow your hand and will eventually have to sit down to tilt his head back far enough. You should also be issuing the command “Sit” while performing this training. Some puppies respond better if you hold a small treat in your hand, you can reward your puppy with the treat every time he successfully sits. Remember to give him the treat at the end of the training session even if he does not sit.
When puppy training just remember that your puppy has a short attention span. He will usually be the one to end the training session, just go with it and try again in a few hours or even the next day. The trick is to be consistent, make sure if others are helping you to training your puppy that they are doing the exact same things as you, same words, same praise and rewards, and so on.