4 Handy Tips For Training Your Puppy
As you may already know, training your puppy isn’t a walk in the park. It takes time, energy, and money to get it right. That being said, training your puppy is worth every second and cent as it will not only help your puppy develop into a well-rounded and obedient dog, it will also save you a lot of headache in the long run as an owner.
So how do you succeed in training your puppy?
It’s the golden question - especially if you’ve tried before and things didn’t quite go to plan. Don’t worry - many dog owners before (and after!) you have had trouble training their pup. And although it can sometimes feel impossible, it definitely isn’t. You just need a bit of guidance and discipline to get the job done.
That’s why we’ve highlighted the below handy tips which will help you in the process of training your puppy. From must-buy items to your own behavior as a trainer, here are 3 useful tips you’ll find make all the difference to your puppy training.
1. Do your research
This tip may seem a bit obvious at first, but you’d be surprised just how many dog owners dive into training their puppy without doing any research at all. Although you may think training is all about intuition, as you’ll read with our next tip - some of the preconceptions you had about training might be in fact the opposite of what you should actually do!
The best way to learn the right way to train your puppy is to do thorough research. There’s no avoiding it if you’re serious about succeeding. So set aside some time, and acquaint yourself with any books, videos, and articles on how to train a puppy. For best results, make sure the articles are written by experts or veterinarians. Of course, you should check out our blog too for some tips!
2. Focus on positive reinforcement
We’ve all been faced with an unruly pup before. It can no doubt be a frustrating and even disappointing experience when your pup doesn’t do as you want it to. Perhaps you even got angry at your puppy or punished it by taking away its favorite toy. If this is you - one of the most effective things you can do to train your puppy well is to stop!
Why? Because animals - puppies included - respond best to positive reinforcement. In other words, you should reward your puppies good behavior, instead of punishing its bad behavior. The reason for this is that by rewarding positive behavior, you will encourage your puppy to keep having in that way.
Conversely, punishing bad behavior may get initial results, but you’ll soon find they go back to their bad habits. What’s more, who doesn’t like seeing their pup’s eyes light up when they receive a treat or a hug for behaving well? It’s a win-win situation for both your puppy and you!
3. Invest in an indoor playpen
Training can indeed be done without spending a cent, but investing in some useful items will make a huge difference. One item we can’t recommend enough is a puppy indoor playpen. Puppy indoor playpens make it substantially easier to train your pup as it will prevent them from either running away or getting distracted by surrounding stimuli. As you’ll see, playpens come in all shapes and sizes, as well as budgets. So whatever your needs as a dog owner, you’ll be sure to find a playpen to suit.
As an added bonus, playpens can also be used for non-training purposes as well!
For example, if you need a bit of a break from minding your pup, or if it’s raining outside and you still want to give them the chance to play. Once you purchase one, you’ll realize that a playpen is an item you’ll be wondering how you did without for so long. For more useful pet purchases, make sure to check the dog training products available on our site.
4. Don’t give up!
If you’re in the camp of having previously attempted to train your pup and you’re feeling disheartened, the best thing you can do is keep going. Once you give up, you’ll find it hard to try again in the future. So keep at it, and believe us, the reward will be well worth the output
Do you have any other handy tips for training your puppy? We’d love to hear them! Just leave a comment below to share yours!
(Guest Post by Pet Life Today)
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