You added a new member to your family, a puppy. Training your puppy is a challenge that you and your puppy can overcome. Are you asking, where do I start?
For many years to come you will receive unconditional love from your furry friend. Puppies can be lots of fun, but you must teach your puppy what they should and should not do.
To keep a happy house, your puppy will need training so they can learn to fit into your family. Some people train their own puppies and others prefer to leave the training to professionals. Either way, training your puppy will be rewarding for both you and your puppy.
Alpha Dog Training
Dogs in the wild live and travel in packs. A pack of dogs can only have one leader, the pack leader. Without a pack leader, there will be havoc and disorder. The safety of the pack will be in jeopardy. You need to be the pack leader for your puppy. Below you will find some of the ways you can show your puppy that you are the pack leader.
- Take your puppy for a walk
- Feed your puppy twice a day
- Take your puppy to obedience classes
These three things will show your puppy that you are in control. When you take your puppy for a walk, you are in control with the leash. You control your puppy’s food by feeding your puppy several times a day. You should eat first, then feed your puppy to reinforce the fact that you are the alpha dog. Dog obedience classes will help you gain control while teaching your puppy. It’s a winning situation for both of you.
Dogs naturally want to please their owners. It makes them happy. Teaching your puppy gives your puppy the opportunity to please you. When your puppy responds to your commands, your puppy is happy and you are a happy dog owner.
When teaching your puppy commands, you must be consistent using the same words and tone of voice each time. Use simple words such as come and sit.
When your puppy responds correctly to your commands, give your puppy a small treat and praise them. Praise will go a long way in teaching your puppy. You will also be building mutual respect which will lead to a closer bond between the two of you. Keep your training sessions to about 15 minutes as puppies have a short attention span.
Socialize Your Puppy
Introduce your puppy to other animals, people, and different environments. Take your puppy to the pet store. There they will get to meet other animals and people in a retail store environment. Go to a dog park and expose your puppy to another environment with other animals and people.
Remember to be the alpha dog for your puppy. Attend obedience training classes with your puppy. Be consistent with command words and keep them simple. A well socialized puppy will be happier and will behave better for you.
What have you trained your puppy to do? Please feel free to share a story about your puppy or leave a comment below. The information on this website is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian, dog trainer, or dog behavioral specialist.