5 Tips for Puppy Training
1. Use positive methods
This basically means your dog gets something they like (a treat) when they perform a desired behaviour such as a sit, or lie down. When they get something they enjoy, it means this behaviour is more likely to be performed again.
2. Reward your dog with something they really like
Most dogs are very motivated by food, but some may love a toy more. You will be best placed to know what motivates your pet the most.
When training something easy such as a sit in a quiet environment (like your living room), ‘low value’ treats such as some kibble from their normal food will usually work, but for something more difficult or if you are in a distracting place, you may need to use something more yummy.
3. Start with the basics and help your dog to be successful
Get the basics mastered like sit, down, and stay in lots of different environments before moving on.
If your dog seems tired or distracted let them take a break. Training won’t be fun for them if they are not focused or engaged so it is important to make training sessions short with frequent breaks.
4. Remember your pet is always learning
Training doesn’t just take place during your ‘training sessions’ or at class.
For example, many dogs pull on the lead to get to where they want quicker, which is rewarding. On the other hand, if you don’t reward your dog for coming back every time and only do it during training sessions, it will be much harder to teach them recall and they will be less motivated to come back to you. So it is important to be mindful that they are always learning.
5. Be patient
Training take a lot of time and effort from both you and your pet. A session of eight training classes or working on something for a month isn’t going to be enough.
Reinforcing behaviours that we want has to happen all the time, otherwise the pet will learn that performing this behaviour doesn’t result in something good. Try to put yourself in their place, would you work for free