Training puppies is easier than training older dogs. Puppies are almost congenital creatures and have a tendency to avoid what embarrasses them. Like we, puppies sometimes squirm when they’re being punished. Therefore, some wrathful correction may be needed. This is fine at first, but if this is consistent, you will end up causing your puppy extreme emotional distress.
That’s why it’s critically important to remain calm. If you get angry and show your distaste for the puppy surgically, you’re doing both of you a favor.
Training puppies is mostly a matter of patience and observation. There’s a bit of training involved, but if you’re patient and observant, you’ll soon be rewarded with a wonderful well-mannered companion.
- You must remain calm yourself. This is particularly true if your puppy is somewhat headstrong. If this is the case, you’ve brought a basically untrainable dog on board. The expression, “Put an angry dog in an empty container,” is not exactly true. But, you should not take this personally. This isn’t personal. It’s about the bond that you want to cultivate and maintain with the puppy.
The best way to stay calm is to see the situation from the puppy’s perspective. This might take some time, but it’s tried and true. If you, as his owner, harbor ill feelings towards the puppy, he will be more inclined to resources than you might expect. After all, you’re the boss. Or, to put it more precisely, he will be the boss. Treating this particular puppy will go a long way in dis Mixing k into your household.
- You need to get on a schedule. Or you’re not ready. Again, this is not a behavior you want to teach from the onset. It’s so easy to make basic mistakes during the training process. Worse than that, you could be pouring fuel on a fire. Get on the ball! Or, if you’re working with a puppy, find something rewarding to do, like making a dog biscuit or presenting a piece of kibble, and do it whenever your puppy is sitting or at your feet. The puppy will look forward to these experiences.
- You need to watch your temper. This is not a time to be inflammatory or emotional. It’s too easy to lose focus, get angry or even lash out at your puppy. The best way to lose patience is to act in a way that makes the puppy want to lose trust in you. She might attempt to find a weak spot in your body to leave the premises.
- You must realize that the puppy is not human — and never will be. It’s better to keep the puppy out of situations where you can’t keep your cool. You shouldn’t be surprised when the little thing tries to bite your neck or it growls at you in response to a command. These are sure signs of what you need to skip the training and attempt to take it outside instead.
- Finally, you’ll need to realize that you’re the leader. Unless you want your puppy to have burgeoning phobias that become Worse or worsen, it’s best to leave the training to a professional dog trainer.
Following those five tips will make you glad you did the right thing. All a puppy wants is to make you happy. She just needs some firm guidance. Sound familiar?