Advice & Tips on How to Train a Puppy

Need Some Smart Dog Training Tips?

If you have just brought home a new puppy, congratulations! Bringing a new dog into your family can be a source of joy. However, it's important to remember that puppies are like babies and need to be trained to grow up into well-mannered adult dogs. Training is an essential part of being a responsible pet owner and makes your dog better at getting along with humans as well as other animals. 

No puppy is born knowing how to walk on a leash, or wait for potty breaks. But with proper training, you can enjoy taking your puppy on walks and meeting other people and dogs. The blog posts in this category are a wonderful source of information on raising and training puppies in general, as well as more breed-specific information. We can help you with advice on helping your puppy learn to avoid bad behavior and bad habits as you guide it through house training, leash training, and learning basic dog training commands. 

Meanwhile, here are a few ways that you can make your dog training more successful:

 

1. Bite Inhibition

Bite inhibition is a dog training method that teaches your puppy not to bite too hard when playing with you or another dog. It's essential to nip this biting behavior in the bud early on since puppies that continue to play-bite can grow into dogs that bite too hard, which can be dangerous.

There are a few different ways you can go about teaching bite inhibition. One way is to offer your puppy a chew toy that they can gnaw on instead of biting you (or a favorite shoe). Another way is to yelp loudly whenever your puppy bites you, startling them and hopefully deterring future biting behavior. Finally, you can redirect your puppy's attention to something else whenever they start to bite.

 

2. Potty Training

This skill is probably the most important thing you can teach puppies because it will determine whether or not they grow up to be well-behaved adult dogs. The potty training process can be a challenge, but it's doable with patience and consistency.

The most popular method is known as the crate training method. It involves confining your puppy to a small space (usually a crate or a dog-proofed room) whenever you can't watch them and frequently taking them out to the bathroom. This way, your puppy will learn that they need to hold it in until they are outside.

Another method is known as the paper-training method. This option involves putting down newspaper or puppy pads in an area where you want your puppy to go to the bathroom and teaching them to use it. This method can be convenient if you live in an apartment or if you don't have a lot of space for confining your puppy.

 

3. Obedience

Most obedience education includes teaching your puppy basic commands such as sit, stay, come, and down. Obedience training is essential because it will help you have a well-behaved dog who listens to you and does what you say. It's also a great way to bond with your new puppy.

There are a few different ways you can go about obedience training. One way is to sign up for a puppy obedience training class at your local pet store or dog training center. These courses are great ways to socialize your puppy and get them used to being around other people and dogs.

Another way is to train your puppy at home using positive reinforcement. This process involves rewarding your puppy whenever they do something you want them to do. For example, if you say "sit" and your puppy sits, you would give them a treat. Professional dog trainers often use this method.

 

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Training your new puppy can be a lot of work, but it's worth it. Puppies who are adequately trained grow up to be well-behaved dogs that are a joy to be around. One last tip: Don’t forget to include verbal praise and belly rubs, and end each training session on a positive note! 

Put in the time and effort now, and you'll be glad you did later. And check this page often, because we will be adding more content on puppy training techniques!