Owning a dog and dog training is fun and enjoyable. Many times, people don’t look at it this way and miss a truly enjoyable and rewarding experience. Dogs are great companions and can be a lifelong friend. Owning a dog is easy, but you have certain requirements to fulfill. Dog training, socialization training and play is where you start to build a lifelong bond.
First, you should understand that a dog does what he does out of habit. So if you tolerate bad habits, it is unlikely he will outgrow them, and it will be entirely up to you to correct and change them. Starting dog training lessons as quickly as possible is always the best and easiest way to go.
When puppies are young, they are not set in their behaviors or have their own mind. This is the ideal time to begin dog training. They depend entirely on you. It is your duty to guide and assist them in letting go of bad habits and teach good ones. With your leadership, you can guide them in the right direction, honing acceptable behaviors, good habits and overall even temperament. Dog training, along with socialization training, is extremely important.
Whining, crying, barking or chewing are just some of the annoying things a new puppy may do. These may be signs of separation anxiety. These attacks are frequently suffered by puppies and young dogs. In the beginning, it may be hard for a puppy or young dog to adjust to their new home. You can help by giving them leadership, and most importantly, your time through short and easy dog training sessions devoted just to them.
This can be done by starting some house training activities. Set up their boundaries and introduce new areas slowly. Let them know from the beginning what activities you will accept and those you will not. Your leadership and attention will go far when it comes to a dog suffering from separation anxiety. It also will make dog training go smoother.
Training at Home
Your new dog won’t understand everything at once, so avoid being overly harsh. All the things you want your dog to learn – potty training, leash training and other dog training – will not be achieved overnight. Using a lot of encouragement, praise and rewards to help get results faster. Start as quickly as possible in correcting or changing old habits already developed. Include some fun activities during your dog training sessions and use the commands often so he will learn them quickly.
It may be necessary to use punishment, but keep it realistic. You don’t want him to rebel. If you didn’t like his behavior, simply ignore him sternly. It will have a much greater impact on him because your attention is what he desires the most.
Be firm and don’t give in until he does what he was told to do.
The first 12-16 weeks of a puppy’s life is their socialization phase. It is at this time they are maturing and developing into adults. This is also the time when character, temperament, habits and behavior are changing. This is also the time they are adjusting to a new family and other household members. He needs to become comfortable with the house, the people in it, as well as any other animals. Once he is feeling secure, take him out for walks. Use these as dog training play lessons so he will know what is outside his immediate surroundings. Doing this will teach him not to go wild when seeing other objects or meeting new people and animals.
You will need a lot of patience during dog training and socialization training. Your pet lacks the maturity required to handle everything he is being subjected to in the beginning. It is your responsibility to control each dog training situation. He will take his cue from you and imitate what he sees so it’s important you act responsibly by being their alpha leader at all times.
Keep it fun. When it stops being fun, take a break.