How To Train A Puppy – Basic Training

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Learning how to train a puppy can be a very rewarding experience for both the pup and the owner. So when is the best time to start training a puppy?

The sooner you start to train your puppy the better. But is good to give him a little freedom until he is around 4 to 6 months old. I don’t mean that you should let him run amok in public places as you should always keep him on a collar and leash when out and about to protect him from the dangers of traffic as well as other dangers he might face. Check the laws of your country as it could be illegal to let him run free and you may find yourself in trouble with the law if you do.

If there are other older dogs in the parks you go to you will need to be careful as they may think he is trespassing on their territory and you may find yourself having to break a fight in which your puppy may get hurt. If you puppy is from a large breed and is a over friendly to the people he meets he may well injure a small child or an elderly person if he jumps up on them. Keep your eyes on your puppy when he is not on a lead.

Your fast growing puppy needs plenty of fresh air and exercise. The exercise will strengthen his bones and the fresh air will develop strong lungs. Taking him to public places from an early age will get him used to strange people, traffic noises and the general hustle and bustle of everyday life. It is best if you can exercise him daily as this will keep him fit as well as tiring him so he will sleep. This way he won’t get bored and get into mischief which is when bad habits and destructive behavior take over. It also helps to over come shyness in your puppy.

When to Start Basic Training

Around 4 to 6 months of age is a good time to start. You can train older dogs, but is more difficult. It is best to start with 10 minutes a day. Your puppy will tire fairly quickly, and if your puppy is tired he won’t learn anything. You should give him regular training sessions at the same time every day. If you dress in the same shoes or jacket each time you are going for a session, the pup will soon learn to associate those items with his training time.

Teaching Your Puppy to Heel

Your puppy needs to be on a firm fitting collar and lead. Choose the side that is most comfortable for you and hold the lead firmly and walk at a steady pace. While walking occasionally say the command Heel. Each time you say this tap your thigh or the side of your leg. Your puppy may pull away or get distracted, just keep walking and he will get the idea that he needs to follow you. If you keep going he will have no choice but to follow you. If he pulls against the lead and tries to run, say ‘Heel’ in a very firm voice. As he obeys and follows you pat him and say ‘Good Dog’ or ‘Good Boy/Girl’ and he will get the message that
he gets praised for doing well.

Teaching Your Puppy to Sit

The time to teach your puppy to sit is when he has learnt the ‘heel command and is heeling properly. With him walking at your side, stop and transfer the lead to your opposite hand while pulling up on the collar, press down on his back end with your other hand. Say the command ‘Sit’ as you are pressing down and praise him when he sits. You will need to repeat this several times for him to get the hang of it. Make sure you praise him each time he sits so that he knows he has done good. Now continue walking and repeat the command several times more in your 10 minute walk. There are other ways to teach the sit command but this is one of the easier basic methods of achieving results.

Teaching your puppy how to heel and how to sit are two commands that will give your puppy basic training. It is important that your puppy know at least these two commands for his own safety sake. You need to be able to control your puppy to make sure he doesn’t get himself into a situation that is likely to cause him harm. I hope that you have found this information helpful in learning how to train a puppy.

write by Adonis

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