Training Tips for the New Year to Make a Happy Puppy

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While welcoming a new puppy into your home can be an exciting time for you and your family, it can quickly become overwhelming if proper training is not prioritized. According to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, dog owners can start training as early as seven weeks of age. Most people assume ‘dog training’ is a difficult task to accomplish, when really it’s all about instilling the fundamentals. As we kick off 2017, training your pup can easily become a New Year resolution in honor of National Train Your Dog Month (January)!

 

To start the New Year off right, our friends at PuppySpot.com, a trusted service committed to helping responsible breeders place healthy puppies into happy homes across the country, have gathered some of the most important dog training tips from PuppySpot breeder and professional dog trainer Oscar Rojas. Rojas has over 30 years of experience as a professional dog trainer and has trained many K9s for the U.S. State Police and Sheriff departments.


Always reward good behavior.

Positive reinforcement is extremely important for your puppy’s progress. Rewarding positive behavior and obedience with their favorite treats, a nice walk or love can help get your pup to follow commands effectively.

 

It’s important to refrain from rewarding your puppy after any kind of unwanted behavior, as this will lead to confusion. Repetition and consistency are key as your puppy starts to associate their yummy and fun rewards with good behavior.

 

Master one skill at a time

Training can become frustrating for both you and your puppy if too many tasks are being attempted at once. Taking the time to master one skill at a time will help your puppy learn successfully. Additionally, one single skill can have various complexities and it will always be more effective to train your dog on a step-by-step basis.

 

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Discipline correctly

If your puppy is acting out unwanted behavior, it’s important to discipline without punishing. Yelling and punishing incites fear rather than corrective action. Considering puppies are not capable of associating anger with wrongdoing, clap loudly to alert your puppy of unwanted behavior or pull gently by the collar.

 

“Training requires an extraordinary amount of patience and focus from both owners and dogs. It’s important to remain as patient as possible and steer away from negative emotions which could make your puppy turn away from training and obedience,” said Rojas.

 

Do your best to curb your frustration and check out these additional core training principles to consider.

 

Figure out the best training methods

Every puppy learns differently. Figuring out the results you want from your dog training and the method that resonates best with your pup will set you up for a successful training experience.

 

“Just like us humans, some puppies adjust to some learning techniques better than others,” said Rojas. “Bonding with your new friend and trying out various methods will cut through some trial and error to help your pup master training skills.”

 

The three types of training include dominance training, scientific training and positive reinforcement training. Take the time to learn more about the differences and find what method is best for your puppy prior to training.

 

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