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The Four Rules of Puppy Training

puppy training blogPuppies are cute, cuddly, and need a whole lot of training. There’s a lot of information about puppy training out there and plenty of different methods to choose from. However you decide to go about it, always keep these four rules of puppy training in mind:

1.) Bond with your puppy: Puppies want badly to be a part of the family and crave leadership. The more time you spend with your new canine companion and closer you become, the more likely it is that your puppy will respond positively to training.

2.) Socialize your puppy: Socialization is key to training. From a young age, start exposing your puppy to other dogs, people, and situations. This will help deter aggression, social anxiety, and other issues that may cause behavioral problems.

3.) Use positive reinforcement: Positive reinforcement allows you to communicate clearly with your puppy. If your puppy does what is expected, she gets a treat or praise. It’s easy for her to understand. A positive approach to training is not only effective, but also allows you to build a healthy relationship with your dog.

4.) Never let your puppy to do anything you wouldn’t want an adult dog to do: If you don’t want your full grown German Shepherd jumping up on you or sleeping in your bed, don’t allow these behaviors as a puppy. Your dog will not understand why she’s all of a sudden being a “bad dog” for something she’s done all her life.

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  • Greg September 16, 2014, 7:00 am

    Re point 3 – OK…but what do I do when my puppy is biting/mouthing/nipping excessively and efforts to ‘redirect’ her aren’t working?
    When you say ‘don’t allow these behaviors as a puppy’ in point 4, how should unwanted behaviors be discouraged? I’ve heard to ignore them, but that’s just an exercise in futility.

  • bil sidwell September 16, 2014, 9:17 am

    How do you housebreak a puppy? I can’t get my female puppy to give us a sign she needs to go outside to save my life. I’ve done the same things I’ve done with every puppy I’ve ever owned (I’m 71) and none of them seem to work.

    • VetDepot December 2, 2014, 12:00 pm

      If your puppy isn’t giving you a sign yet, it’s best to take her out at regular intervals throughout the day. There’s a good chance she’ll eventually get into a routine. Be sure to offer lots of praise and use positive reinforcement. Best of luck!

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