They say that dogs are man’s best friend, and if you’ve ever been lucky enough to own a dog yourself, you’ll know exactly why that is. But once you make the decision to raise a puppy, you need to resign yourself to the fact that doing so if not going to be a simple process. As fantastically cute and cuddly as puppies are, they are a real handful to raise and in order to bring them up properly you will need to begin training them virtually right away.
When training a puppy, there is a heck of a lot to consider that goes above and beyond telling them to “sit” and “stay” and encouraging them to use a puppy training mat to do their business.
Here’s a look at 4 proven puppy training tips to make your life a little easier:
Choose a suitable name
Just like for us, a name for a dog is an identity and when it comes to puppy training tips, it pays to choose a suitable name as that is where training starts and ends. Your dog’s name is their identity and what they will respond to for the rest of their life. You can of course, name them whatever you like, but dog trainers recommend short names which end with a strong consonant as that way you can pronounce the name clearly and your dog will hear it clearly and respond accordingly.
Word association and reward
This is perhaps one of the most common puppy training tips you’ll learn about today, but it is common for a reason and that reason is that it works. To help train your four-legged friend, use word association with rewards for positive actions. If you want to train your doggo to sit on command for example, once they master the art of sitting down when you tell them to “sit”, make sure you reward them with plenty of fuss and tasty doggy treats. Dogs are fast learners and soon they’ll associate the “sit” command with getting a treat and some attention, and they will of course be more than happy to oblige.
Set up their private space
Just like you have your own bedroom and getaway space, so too should your puppy. Once you have your puppy, you’ll need to set up a private area for them to sleep and relax. The last thing you want is to leave them to sleep anywhere in the house, as this means they’ll have no real routine. Either choose a spare bedroom or a section of the house and place your dog’s bed in there, making sure that their water is also close by. Remember, dogs are not cats. They love routines so when they know it’s time for bed they’ll know to retreat to their private space for sleepy times.
Finally, the last puppy training tip we’re looking at today is to simply be patient with your pup. Remember, puppies are still infants and as they’re full of energy they’ll want to play and explore. Therefore, you need to ensure that you don’t grow exasperated if your puppy struggles to pay attention to you when you’re trying to teach them to sit and stay.
They’ll get there, you just need to take your time and be patient.