When you welcome a furry friend into the family, it’s important that you begin training them right away. However, if you’ve not owned a puppy before, you might not know where to start. Regardless of whether you plan to train your new pooch all by yourself or with the help of puppy classes, there are a few basics you’re going to need to know. For some helpful hints and tips on how to get your training underway, keep reading.
Set out some ‘house rules’
Before you even bring your new puppy home, it’s a good idea to set out some ‘house rules’. For example, you might want to think about whether they will be allowed on the bed, sofa or other furniture, and consider if there are certain parts of the house that are off limits to your four-legged friend. Deciding on these rules from the get go should help you to put them into practice straightaway when your pup arrives.
Always reward good behaviour
If your canine companion does something right, make sure that you let them know. Whether they sit down when you tell them to or wait at the curbside before crossing the road, you should always reward good behaviour with positive reinforcement. For instance, you could show them praise by giving them a loving pat or stroke, or you could offer them a treat to display how impressed you are. There are a whole host of delicious dog-approved snacks that you could carry with you just incase your pupper does something that makes you feel proud. For example, online retailers such as Hi House offer pets supplies including treats like bones and chews that are ideal for your pooch if they’ve shown good behaviour.
While you should reward good behaviour, it’s important that you discourage naughtiness. There are a number of approaches you can take in teaching your puppy right from wrong. For example, if they jump up, instead of physically making them get down, you could simply turn your back and pay them no attention. Your interference when they’re in the jumping position could be confused with praise, but simply refusing to acknowledge what they are doing could help discourage them from doing it again.
Training a puppy can be a challenge, but by keeping these tips and tricks in mind, you should be able to turn them into a loving, well-behaved dog in no time.
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