Do you have puppies at home? Are they already trained to observe good behavior? If they aren’t yet, Jordan Walker, the lead content curator of Coops And Cages, shares with us some practical tips for training our beloved puppies.
Puppies, like our own children, can be very adorable. However, during their early stages of development, they need a guiding hand to teach them the proper way to do things. Things like behaving properly, locations they are allowed to, toilet training and more, need to be taught patiently.
Toilet training is an important thing to develop early on in a puppy’s life. Puppies cannot distinguish the pros and cons of taking a leak outside or inside your home. In order to push a behavior that is favorable for you and not to detriment your house interior, you need to regularly take the puppy outside.
A good way to eliminate bad behavior is by stopping them when they are about to do the deed inside the house. Then, be sure to bring them outside and assign a certain spot. As long as you use this spot every time, the puppy will understand that this is where they should go.
Chewing and investigating objects is what a puppy does during most of its youth. You may notice them trying to bite or chew your hand when you pet them. This is pretty common behavior and is actually adored by most pet owners. However, you must understand that this behavior will be retained as they grow up.
In order to inhibit your puppy’s bite, you need to teach them that their teeth can inflict pain. One way is to allow them to wrestle with other puppies. When they play too rough and one gets hurt, the others instantly notice and lessen their bites. If there aren’t any nearby playmates, you can also enforce bite behavior by praising them whenever they chew balls, sticks or toys and by stopping them when they try to bite skin.
It is also important to teach dogs tricks while they are puppies. Basic commands should be taught such as sitting, staying, fetching and heeling. Training sessions should not be that lengthy as dogs tend to get bored. For best results, thirty minutes a day should suffice. You can split that up in two or three sessions of fifteen or ten minutes, respectively.
Training puppies correctly is important so that they develop the right behaviors when they grow up. After all, training grown dogs is much more challenging and should be avoided whenever possible. You can also pick up a couple of puppy training books to help you out!