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How to Train Your Puppy

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How to Train Your Puppy

Dogs are very smart and can learn both desirable and undesirable behaviors through positive reinforcement. Most of the training techniques involve the use of treats or praise as rewards. However, the best reward for your dog will depend on its motivation. For example, a food motivated dog may respond better to treats than praise. Meanwhile, a dog who seeks attention may respond better to affection.

Luckily, dog training has evolved in recent years. Today, a variety of new techniques have been developed that aim to replace the use of negative and aversive techniques. In the past, aversive training meant simply ignoring the dog’s undesirable behavior and hoping it would eventually disappear. However, the newer techniques use positive reinforcement and encourage the dog to repeat a good behavior.

One of the best ways to socialize a puppy is by letting him interact with other dogs in a playpen. In addition, you can show your puppy everyday sounds on YouTube and introduce it to a variety of situations. As an added bonus, structured play sessions also help your dog learn impulse control. For instance, you can ask your puppy to sit before setting down food bowls and then release him with a word such as “Break.”

Using a leash can also help you keep your dog calm when going out. If your dog becomes overly excited by a neighbor’s dog, you can train him not to jump up on the dog. In addition, you can also train your dog to ignore other dogs on walks by keeping a safe distance.

Whether your pup is a puppy or an adult, you can use a puppy training class to teach it the basic obedience commands. These classes are facilitated by a qualified instructor and other class participants. This will teach your puppy the fundamentals of good behavior and how to enjoy the process. A good dog trainer will also teach you how to give your pet rewards for good behavior.

Training a dog takes time and patience. If you are a first-time owner, consider hiring a private trainer or signing up for a training class. Typically, puppies will start in a puppy kindergarten class, and older dogs can move on to obedience training classes. In order to get the most out of a training class, the class size should be kept small – eight to ten dog-and-handler teams per instructor. This way, the instructor can respond to any special training situations and questions that may arise.

Besides training your dog in the basic obedience commands, you should introduce a variety of challenges in your training sessions. Try to make each training session last around five minutes. Moreover, it is important to end each session on a positive note.