As soon as you bring home a puppy, you are also itching to start its training. Training your puppy can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also easily turn unpleasant. During the first few weeks, your puppy will be pooping wherever, biting whatever, and barking whoever. Do not get discouraged though. Keep your puppy training fun and enjoyable for both you and your puppy with these effective puppy training tricks and techniques.
1. Keeping Names Short and Sweet
Puppies will easily recall their names if you keep it short and simple. The ideal dog name is only pronounced with one to two syllables. Also, choose a name that ends with a strong consonant (names that end with -k or -r or sounds like it; for example, Buck, Buster, Ginger). These sounds can perk them up more and so you can get their attention much faster. Use and repeat your puppy’s name constantly so it will eventually recognize its name.
2. Set Doggy House Rules
Before you begin training your puppy, it is important that you identify the house rules for dogs. These rules will set the parameters for your puppy training. For example, if your puppy is not allowed on the bed or the sofa, then your training will aim at discouraging your puppy from getting on these furniture. Or, perhaps your puppy needs potty training, or certain parts of the house is off-limits to it, or your puppy is not allowed to beg for food during mealtime. These doggy rules will guide you and will make your puppy training more useful and worthwhile.
3. Room for One
Designate an area around your house where the puppy can identify as its own. Give your pup its own room and a place for rest and comfort. While your puppy is spending time in these personal spaces, leave him/her alone for a while and only continue playing or training once he/she is up and ready.
4. First Things First
Before you begin your puppy training and expecting results, try to make your puppy comfortable with you and your home first. Do not shock him/her as this may actually be counterproductive. It should be easy to get your puppy feel at ease with you, but for it feel familiar with the surroundings, you may need to try different tricks such as placing a ticking clock near its sleeping area to imitate the steady sound of heartbeat, making your puppy feel calm as it sleeps.
5. Just Call My Name and I’ll be There
The first basic trick to teach your puppy is to come to you when its name is called. (Check out puppy training tip no. 1 about giving your puppy the perfect name). By doing this, you are establishing a higher status from your puppy and so in the future, he/she will most likely listen to you and follow several other commands. When your puppy comes to you when its name is being called, reinforce the behavior by giving him/her a treat.
6. Rewards is Key
Rewarding desirable behavior rather than punishing bad ones will be a more effective reinforcement for your puppy. Treats, petting, hugs, and praises are your go-tos. That said, do not confuse your pup and accidentally reward a bad behavior.
7. Dog Time is Quicker
Dog time means that your puppy will most likely forget the events of last week, or what happened yesterday, or what happened just twenty minutes ago. And so, keep repeating commands and keep rewarding good behavior until your puppy masters them.
8. Iron Fist is not Always the Best
To discourage bad behavior from your puppy, think of other ways of instilling to him/her that what he/she is doing is bad. Scolding or hitting your puppy does not always work. For example, if your puppy is biting your hand, discourage this behavior by acting like you are in pain or just ignore him/her. This reaction will elicit surprise and your puppy will likely to stop doing it immediately.