How to Train a Puppy: 5 Things You Should Do
Getting a new puppy can be a fun and exciting experience, but it also involves a lot of hard work, commitment, and training for your puppy and yourself.
It’s always adorable to see a little puppy clearly understand commands. How you’ll do it depends on the age and mannerisms of your puppy.
Here are five things you should learn about how to train a puppy
Teaching a puppy to sit down has many benefits and is probably the easiest thing you can train your puppy.
A puppy’s natural instinct is to sit after almost everything he does. Whether they’re playing, running through the yard or walking on a leash, when they’re ready to stop, they automatically sit.
By capitalizing on this basic instinct, you should find it quite easy to teach the dog to sit on command.
Start by standing in front of your puppy and holding a treat over his head.
Slowly move it toward the pup’s back, which will force the pup to sit so that he or she can get a better look at the treat.
As the puppy is sitting down, praise him, pet him and/or give a treat.
I firmly believe that this command is one of the most important commands a dog should learn.
It can keep the dog out of mischief and possibly save the dog’s life. As much as puppies and dogs love pleasing their masters and love being near them, come can sometimes be a hard command to teach.
Puppies are often very focused on what they’re doing or what they’re getting into and may not always respond as we’d like them to.
Put a long leash on your puppy and walk away from the puppy. Gently pull on the leash and say “come.”
When the puppy comes to you, give him lots of praise and maybe even a treat. Continue doing this several times every day.
Once the puppy has mastered this, try doing it without the lease. Never yell at a puppy after the pup has come to you regardless of how long it took.
If a puppy feels that he is going to be punished or yelled at, he won’t be eager to come to you.
Do Their Business Outside
If you are new about how to train a puppy, this essential command is probably the first command you’ll be using after bringing the puppy home.
It can also be the most laborious and most frustrating command to teach a puppy because their basic instinct is to go potty whenever and wherever they want or happen to be.
You may not actually use the phrase ‘do your business outside”, but that’s a general idea.
While getting the pup to do their business outside is seldom easy, there are few things you can do to make the process easier.
Put puppy on a feeding schedule. Although many people believe puppies should have access to food 24/7, it’s not helpful in the housebreaking process.
Bring out food in the morning and allow 20-30 minutes for the puppy to eat. Put away any leftovers and save for next feeding, which should be lunch or supper.
Take the puppy outside about 30 minutes after he finishes eating. Other times to take the puppy outside are first thing in the morning.
Last thing at night, when the puppy wakes from a nap and approximately every hour.
As the puppy gets older, his bladder will get bigger, and he’ll be able to hold it longer.
Once the puppy learns to sit, you can train him to stay, but the dog should already know the sit command.
When the puppy sits, put your hand up with your palm facing the dog and say “stay.”
Slowly walk away from the dog with her handing showing him to stay.
Start off with just a few feet and gradually build up to longer distances.
Leave it is also an essential command because it not only exhibits that you have a well-mannered dog but can also protect the dog from touching or eating something that can be hazardous.
You can teach this command by putting something in front of the puppy.
As he starts to get it, firmly say “leave it.” Continue this until the dog leaves it alone.
This command also can be taught when you’re walking him on a leash.
If he starts to look to sniff at something, keeping your pace and say “leave it.”
It’s often been said, and I am a firm believer, that a well-trained dog is a happy dog.
Although many things will “put a smile” on your dog’s face, nothing will make your dog happier than knowing he pleased you.
Learning the basics about how to train a puppy and essential commands ensures you have a great companion and one that you’ll be proud to always have by your side a cute puppy trained.
And after, you may be tempted to want to learn how to make them stop barking.
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