Puppy Training For the First Time

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Puppy training is an activity of behavior analysis that applies the historical antecedent and current consequences of behavior to modify the canine behavior, either to help in certain activities or undertake specific tasks, or for it otherwise to behave effectively in modern domestic life. The underlying premise of the puppy training is that the best results can only be achieved when favorable results are achieved on all aspects. It is necessary that training should be a collaborative effort and that mistakes should not be repeated. It is also important that the training process should be accomplished without causing undue stress or fear on the part of the puppy.

Why Do Many Pet Owners fail In Puppy Training?

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One of the main reasons why puppy training fails is that the owner tends to fall into the trap of using the treats as a reward for the puppy’s good behavior. This is not a recommended method as rewards are very temporary in nature and have the tendency to lead to obsession. Rewards for the behavior that has been demonstrated to be correct should always be given, but a firm ‘no’ should be issued when the puppy is being inconsistent. This will ensure that the puppy learns that it cannot get rewards for doing undesirable behavior.

How You Should Commence The Puppy Training?

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Puppy training with a loose leash is one of the biggest causes for failure. If puppy training is to be successful then you must ensure that the puppy is on a loose leash at all times. To achieve this ensure that there are no dangerous objects such as ladders, sharp edges, dangerous foods etc near to the puppy. It is important that you tie the leash securely around the waist and around the ankle so that it does not get entangled or become a safety risk.

After you have tied the loose leash correctly you are ready to teach the puppy the sit command. Before beginning to train the puppy to make sure that he knows that he is not to be rewarded with treats until he sits. Have a small treat in your hand, which can be used as a reward when the puppy responds correctly to the sit command. Praise the puppy verbally using a positive praising tone in addition to the treats. Do not offer the treat until the puppy has responded correctly to the command ‘sit’.

With your new puppy you must ensure that he understands that he is not to be trusted and that you are in control. The puppy must not be allowed free rein of the house, as this could lead to dangerous situations. Positive reinforcement and encouragement will go a long way to establish your authority and your leadership position in the home. You must teach your new puppy the rules so that you can then expect your new puppy to conform them.

Praise And Treats Work Well Together

If the puppy listens to you and does as you ask, then you can stop giving him the treat and start instead using the verbal praise. Always reward and praise with attention and lots of pets and hugs. This makes it easier for the puppy to understand that the right behavior is desirable. When starting to use the verbal praise, use the word ‘good’ or the phrase ‘good puppy’, this will associate the word or phrase with the action. If the puppy does something good then you say the word followed by a treat and lots of pets and hugs.

Final Thoughts

As with all puppy training techniques, consistency is vital. If you only give the treat or give the dog attention when he has done something wrong then you will confuse your puppy. This will make it harder for him to learn and reinforce the right behavior. Always practice the same exercise and rewards at the same time, once you do this, your puppy will know what the correct response is, because he has done it already. The release word should never be used until after the training session, the puppy will associate the sound with his treat.

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