Beginner’s Dog Training: 5 Essential Tips for Obedience

Have you just gotten a new puppy for your family?

Training a dog can be a tough situation, especially if you’ve got young kids in the house. You can’t expect the pup to have a seamless transition into your household on its own, so you’ve got to give it the proper dog training to give it obedience.

In this post, we’re going to give you 5 tips for raising a happy and obedient dog. A new puppy is great for kids and parents alike, but only if you can train it to be a good dog. Get the treats; it’s time to train.

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Dog Training for Beginners

If this is your first dog, you might be underestimating how much work it’ll be to give it the right training. Whether it’s a puppy or an older dog, you’re going to have your work cut out for you. Let’s look at some of the most basic training tips that’ll give you a good start with your pooch.

1. House Training

Assuming that you don’t want your new dog to go to the bathroom all over your home, one of the first things you’ll want to do is house train it. In the beginning, keep a potty training dog crate inside the house for it to use and eliminate access to all other places.

Then, just supervise its eating times and walk it strategically to get it in the habit of going outdoors. Don’t get angry when it goes inside the house and show a lot of positivity when it uses the crate or goes outdoors. It’ll be time-consuming, but eventually, you’ll get there.

2. Sit, Stay, Come

Puppies are little balls of excitement. It’s hard for them to control their own bodies, let alone follow any commands, but you’re going to want it to be able to calm down when a lot is going on around it.

The easiest way to train your dog to follow commands is to use treats. To get it to sit, for instance, hold a treat up and slowly move it above and behind its head. When it looks up, it’s bottom will naturally go to the ground and you can praise it and give it a treat.

You would use the same basic practice for any other command. To get it to come to you, be super enthusiastic, and reward it with a treat when it obeys. To get it to stay, have it sit down and gradually back away. Over several sessions, it’ll associate the treat with sitting still.

3. Positivity

As you might’ve guessed, relentless positivity will not only show the dog that it is loved, but it’ll eventually associate your positivity with good obeying your commands. Yelling and scolding the dog will harm your training sessions because it’ll end up being afraid of you.

4. Socialize

While it’s still a puppy, you should expose it to a lot of other people, dogs, cats, and whatever animals roam around your house. A social dog is a good dog that behaves around other animals and people. 

It’s way less likely to develop any behavioral problems or phobias if it’s used to being around people and animals from a young age.

5. Your Rules

Before you get the dog, you should sit down with your family and come up with a set of rules for the household. If there are several people in your home, then you should be consistent with what the dog is allowed to do and where it’s allowed to go, or else it might be confused.

If your husband scolds the dog when it jumps on the couch, but your kid likes to lay with it on the couch, then you’re going to send the dog mixed messages.

Love It, and It’ll Love You

Dog training is a lot of work, but once you get it done, you’ll have a companion that your entire family will love. Use these tips to get started, but every home is different, so implement your own ideas that will make the dog comfortable in your home. 

As long as you treat the dog well and show it that you love it, you should end up with a happy and obedient puppy. Good luck, and don’t forget to buy treats.

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