So you’ve decided to adopt a puppy. What’s next? What do you do for puppy training?
The good news is that Hannah the Pet Society’s comprehensive Pet care plans not only include unlimited veterinary care, but also unlimited access to dog and puppy training. At Hannah we provide group classes and private training 6 days a week for no additional fee!
If you’ve never trained a dog before, have no fear – puppy training classes are relatively easy and a fun way to bond with your Pets. Children are often great trainers too, and by including them, it makes puppy training a family experience.
Here are 4 Tips for Dog or Puppy Training
1. Avoid scolding and physical punishment for behavior modification
A dog who might appear to be stubborn is more likely confused by your instruction, and losing your temper won’t help your Pet learn what he or she did wrong or modify their behavior. In fact, scolding and physical punishment may cause trust issues that can stay with a puppy for the rest of their lives.
2. Use Positive Reinforcement Methods
You can train your dog to do what’s right and to have good manners simply by praising and giving attention when they act as desired. Use a “praise scale” to shape good behavior, rewarding their correct response to easy instructions with low-key praise and increasing your enthusiasm for quicker or better responses in more difficult situations. For example, provide only verbal praise when they demonstrate the correct response to a command but they do so slowly or after repeated instruction. Up the ante with both praise and a treat when they respond quickly and the first time they are asked. Make sure to keep treats handy to quickly reward good behavior.
3. Establish predictable routines and schedules:
Dogs and Puppies thrive off of predictability. Dogs should get used to a regular schedule for relieving themselves, walking and playing and then settling down. First, they are rewarded for correct elimination with praise and treats, and they then go on a walk to practice waiting, sitting and getting started moving again. After their walk, dogs get to play off-leash, learning to drop their toys when asked. After playing, the dogs practice settling down on mats before going back into their kennels. Setting this routine and a predictable schedule for your pet helps them not only to behave better but also lowers anxiety.
Getting your Pet enough exercise can be a big factor in making puppy training more successful! A general rule for how much exercise a Pet needs is 1/2 mile for every 10 lbs of weight. Keep in mind, active breeds require more exercise! It is also important to note that a puppy should never go for a run until a veterinarian has confirmed they have reached full physical maturity, usually between 12-18 months of age. Provide daily exercise to prevent and reduce stress-related behaviors – and because it’s fun and good for both you and your Pet!
Hannah the Pet Society provides classes to ensure your puppy gets basic training as well as more advanced training and testing for older dogs. Seminars and additional consultations also help to address training issues. When dogs learn good habits, they live happier, healthier and longer lives, allowing your relationship with them to thrive.
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