Top Tips for Training Your Puppy

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Getting a puppy is great. You get to have a furry friend that will be with you for years to come. But raising a puppy is not always easy. Puppies need training to make them into good dogs.

If you wish to train your puppy by yourself, here are some top tips for training your new puppy.

Be Consistent

Puppies learn best when they are given consistent commands. If you’re constantly contradicting your puppy or changing the rules, they will get confused and struggle to learn.

So pick a command for each behavior you wish to teach, and stick with it.

For instance, if you want your puppy to sit, use the word ‘sit’ each time you ask them to do so. Don’t alternate between “sit” and “settle down” or “squat”. And make sure everyone in the family uses the same command for the same behavior.

To this end, you should also create a training schedule for your puppy, and stick to it as much as possible.

Start Simple

Don’t try to teach your puppy too much at once. Start with one or two commands and master those before moving on to something else.

Trying to teach your puppy too much at once will only overwhelm them, and make it harder for them to learn anything.

A good way to start is to teach them basic commands first, such as sit, stay, come, and down. Once your puppy has mastered these commands, you can start teaching them cool tricks.

Use Positive Reinforcement

Puppies respond best to positive reinforcement, rather than negative reinforcement. So when they do something you want them to do, make sure to praise them and give them a treat. This will let them know that they are doing something right, and encourage them to keep doing it.

On the other hand, if they do something you don’t want them to do, such as jump up on you, don’t yell at them or hit them. This will only scare them instead of deterring them from repeating the behavior.

Instead, calmly tell them ‘no’ and walk away.

Buy the Necessary Equipment

Be prepared for trips to your atm. When you’re training a puppy, you will need to have some supplies on hand. Notably, treats, a leash and collar, and a crate.

The treats will be used as positive reinforcement, to let your puppy know when they’re doing something right. The leash and collar are necessary for taking your puppy on walks or to the park for training sessions. And the crate can be used for potty training.

These are some top tips for training your new puppy. Be consistent with your commands, start simple, and use positive reinforcement. You will also need to buy some supplies and create a schedule for your puppy. By following these tips, you will be well on your way to raising a happy and well-behaved puppy.

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