Training Your Puppy…Tools You Can Use (part 1)
You have welcomed your new puppy into your family. Your fuzzy addition is a little confused, a lot excited, and not one bit obedient which should be no surprise. Your puppy will be spending a lot of time doing whatever comes natural, including going potty, chewing, digging, jumping, running, biting, and barking.
How do you help your puppy become a well-adjusted member of the family? With training, lots and lots of patience and consistency! There are many tools available today to help you train your puppy, but the most important aspect will be the patience and love you show and the bond that develops between the two of you. Dogs only want to please their humans. The following are some of the most common training tools for puppies.
A well-known favorite in puppy training is puppy treats. Have treats handy at all times in order to get your puppy to respond quickly to commands. Puppies love treats and most respond very well when they know they’ll receive one as a reward for doing as you ask. Make sure they’re healthy treats…which is another blog post often in need of updating these days. Treats are good positive reinforcement for puppy potty training. Give puppy a treat when the right potty spot is used. As with all training, keep consistent for this to pay off. You can tell a person is training a puppy or dog by the pockets full of treats. In other words, be prepared to be consistent.
Another form of training that has caught on is the clicker method of training. The clicker is typically a mechanical device (although some people just use vocalization) which emits a pleasant, you guessed it, ‘click’ sound to reinforce a puppy’s good behavior. People will use this training tool for many reasons. For instance, if you don’t want your puppy to have a lot of treats, you can train your puppy very effectively without them using the clicker method. The thing to remember is the ‘click’ sound must be associated with good things, like a pat on the head, a hug, a belly scratch, or whatever your puppy wants for a job well done. The timing is important, so this is a method that you will be wise to get some coaching on…another subject for a more detailed blog post in the future.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Training Your Puppy…Tools You Can Use.
To Your Dog’s Good Health!