Puppies 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.