5 Training Tips for New Puppies
Tip 1: Crate Training
To begin crate training, place the crate in a safe area free of drafts and heaters whilst keeping it close to a family area. The crate should be a suitable size for your pup not too small, not too big.
Keep the pup in the crate during its sleeping periods and meal times. When it becomes restless and/or begins to whine, using a ‘cue’ word such as “go ahead,” guide your pup to the designated relieving area and respond with praise and rewards for correct behavior. This repetition will have your pup on route to full-house trained at 4-6 months old.
Tip 2: Biting prevention
By far one of the most simple but crucial training puppy can have is the prevention of biting. All puppies have the need to fight, play and tumble with other dogs. By allowing your pup to socialize with other dogs, each dog will play and bite one another any and everywhere. This opportunity will allow your puppy to learn the limits of biting such as learning that biting too roughly will alter the way the other pups react and respond to it.
Tip 3: Teaching your pup not to whine, cry or howl
Begin by placing your puppy into a confined area such as a crate for a brief period of time. When the whining and howling begins, do not be so quick to attend to your pup as this will teach your pup to whine and cry if he wants your attention. If the noise continues, this is a clear sign that the puppy is not yet comfortable enough on their own. Simply spending some more time with the pup will calm it and with repetition, your puppy will learn not to worry when you’re not around.
Tip 4: Stop your pup pulling on the lead
First of all, you must have a suitable leash, not too loose or too tight and cushioned. Begin by hold your pup on the leash at the end of a walkway such as a garden path; then simply place a dog treat or biscuit at the other end. Start to walk towards the dog treat. As soon as your pup decides to pull on the leash simply say, “No” and go back to the start. When your dog begins to walk calmly towards the treat with you, to reinforce this good behavior, you may wish to reward your pup with another treat.
Tip 5: Teaching your pup obedience
Repeating commands such as ‘shake hands’ and ‘kisses’ whilst rewarding and praising your pup will positively reinforce obedience. Dogs often become accustomed to ‘nagging’ commands such as ‘Stop that!’ and ‘Get off!’ so once your pup portrays an increased level respect through learned commands, any reprimands will have also gained that respect. Should your pup go on the sofa, say, ‘off!’ whilst encouraging him to sit in his bed. Doing this and praising him for it will actively promote the pup to lay in his bed rather than furniture.