Training Your Puppy Yourself

There is virtually nothing as embarrassing as when your holiday guests arrive and your dog Fido is jumping all over them. You start tugging and ordering him to get down and stop, but as usual he doesn’t acknowledge a single word coming out of your mouth. You have tried everything and he refuses to listen to you. Is there any hope for a good puppy?

There is no need for an expensive trainer to teach your puppy. You can do this on your own, without an expensive trainer. With training your dog will no longer cause you any unnecessary embarrassment. For you to successfully train your dog to obey your every command, you will need to do a few things.

It is vital that you do not give up on your puppy or yourself. You need to be clear, consistent and persistent at all times. Believe that you can succeed in training your dog to do exactly what you want him to do. Keep in mind, even after you have ended a training session, you can continue to teach your dog. Just like you would your child. You wouldn’t only teach your child right from wrong during a specific time, you do this all the time.

When you are teaching your dog to obey, you will need to make it interesting for him. A dog will easily lose his drive to please you if you do not keep things fun and hold his attention. Similar to teaching a child to clean up their toys after play time, you need to make it seem like fun, not work.

Positive reinforcement is very important in training your dog. Reward your dog for the behavior that you are asking for. You can reward him or her in a way you feel is appropriate. Some people find it best to reward the dog with a treat. Others find it best to not use food rewards, instead a quick rib or pat on the head.

Once you begin to work on a specific task with your puppy, you should continue with it until he has mastered it. Avoid throwing in too many new things because you can confuse your dog. Try to have a consistent tone of voice s well. This will let your dog know you mean business. Keep the commands you are trying to teach as simple as possible. One to two word commands are best when teaching now things.

Continue training once you have gone in the house. For example, if you are working on sitting during your lessons, implement it in the house. Try to have your puppy sit and wait for you to give him his food or a treat. Or you can have him sit while you put his leash on to bring him for a walk.

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