Getting a new puppy is like getting a new baby in the family. It can be an exciting time for for the family and the puppy will be confused by the excitement but will probably just eat the attention up as it gets used to the new environment and people that will be in his life. Unlike babies, puppies can come with sort of an instruction manual. You can get lots of advice on puppy training techniques that will make the little animals transition into your family a pleasant one for both of you.
It is an unfortunate fact that puppies do not come potty trained and at first will go whenever they feel the need. Usually in the house, on the carpet. For most people, potty training the puppy is the first consideration for making the him a happy and desirable member of the family. The puppy training techniques you use will make a lot of difference in how well the puppy adjusts to your family and how much you enjoy your puppy. Most effective trainers use a lot of positive reinforcement to train an animal and avoid anything that punishes the animal for mistakes. It is sort of like dealing with people. Everybody responds better to positive things.
Dogs are social animals, but today, most dogs are treated differently than they were by our parents generation. Dogs have been part of our family for as long as I can remember, but I cannot remember my parents letting a dog in the house. Today, most dogs live with people as part of a family and have to behave in a manner that makes it pleasant to have them around. This means no toilet accidents in the house, no jumping on people and curb the barking. Just ordinary things we expect of all members of our family. And all dogs must be trained to have basic obedience and good behaviors they need to be accepted into a family. The earlier you can start the training, the easier it is on your dog and your family.
This being said, dogs, like people, develop bad habits that are unacceptable habits that make them undesirable. It is a fact that older puppies or adult dogs that are not housebroken are harder to train because they have to unlearn habits that have become ingrained over time. While it may be more difficult, there are some keys to successful training techniques that can be used to help ensure success.
- The most important thing is effective communication with your pet.
Every animal gives signs to communicate when it needs to go potty. When you learn these signs, and it can be any thing from going to the door to wandering around the house to pacing, you will be dog years ahead on keeping the dog from making a mess that upsets you and causes the animal a lot of stress.
- Consistency and positive reinforcement are vital in the training process.
Whether it is toilet training or learning to sit or whatever, you have to use the same commands in the same tone of voice. Animals learn by consistently repeating the process and associate a positive outcome, either praise or a treat or both, with the correct behavior. Always praise good behaviors and avoid or limit the negative response for bad behavior. And, it is very important that everybody in the family participate in training and use the same techniques and commands to avoid confusing the dog.
- Timing is a key consideration to house breaking your puppy is timing and creating a routine that the animal will follow.
Routine is important to your dog. Feed your dog at the same times and in the same place everyday. Let your puppy outside to do his business is important to establishing a life-long routine that will make your dog happier and keep the cleanups in the house to a minimum. Dogs, especially puppies, have to go to the toilet when they get up, after they eat and probably several other times during the day and just before they go to bed. It is most important to establish a routine that you and the animal can live with and make it easier for you to potty train your dog.
- Part of the routine is to establish boundaries for your pet inside the house and outside in the yard.
Restrict your dog to certain parts of the house such as spare bedrooms, pantries and garages. This is a very effective method to control where accidents will happen when you cannot get them outside. When you take your pet out, show him where it is acceptable for him to go to the toilet. Your dog will learn to go to the toilet in a specific part of the yard and if nothing else, this will make cleaning up the yard a lot easier.
Keep in mind that training your puppy is not difficult, but persistence, patience and consistency are all key parts of the process. When puppy behavioral problems are addressed immediately, and corrective training has started to change unwanted behavior it is a lot easier to keep the adorable pet you started with. There are many training techniques that can be used successfully to train your puppy. All of them use positive reinforcement and reward to get the best results. Most people can learn this on their own, but it is easier if you get training tips from a professional trainer.
There are several good books available, but if you can find a trainer that will show you the training techniques as well as tell you it makes it a lot easier to learn how to train your puppy.
If you are training your puppy yourself, getting help on training techniques may the first step. There is actually no shortage of dog trainers, each one has slightly different techniques and all claim that theirs is the simplest, fastest, and easiest method. Since it’s so important to get off on the right foot (no pun intended), how do you know which trainer’s program to use. After all, it is your money, and you want to get your money’s worth. The answer is fairly simple, find a nationally recognized trainer who will tell and show you how to train your puppy or dog and get a money back guarantee. Try it out for a few weeks and if you are not happy with the results, ask for your money back.
Puppy training is an important part of making your dog an acceptable and loving part of your family. Don’t leave it to chance. The sooner you start training with patience, persistence and consistency, the sooner your pet will become a happy member of your family.