OK, so finally your new puppy or dog is home, you have purchased his toys, shampoo, bones, comb, bed, leash etc but there is one most important thing that should be done and without it all of the above mentioned things will not make your dog, the most perfect one! The most important thing is DOG TRAINING! It needs to begin immediately.
Whether you train your new puppy or dog yourself, take some classes or hire a private trainer, some basic tips should be tackled right out of the gate. These top 10 most important tips from the best trainers will help you a lot in training your new pup or dog.
Choose your dog’s name wisely and be respectful to it
It is obvious that you would be very much excited to keep a name for your new puppy or dog that you love, but for the training purposes you must chose a name which is short and ends with a strong consonant. A strong ending (i.e. jasper, jack, Ginger, Oscar) Perks up the ears of the puppy-especially when you place a strong emphasize at the end.
New name or old, try associating it with pleasant, fun loving things, rather than negative ones. The goal is to make him think of his name as he thinks of great stuff in his lifelike “walk” “cookie” or “dinner”.
Decide on the “house rules”Before your puppy comes to your home
decide in advance about what he can and can’t do. If the rules are settled in advance, you can avoid confusions for both of you. Like is he allowed on the bed or couch or not? Will he have his own chair on the dining table? Where will he sleep?
Set up his private DEN
He needs a room of his own. As soon as possible get your puppy or dog his own, private sleeping place. He will benefit from short periods left alone in the comfort and safety of his den.
Help him relax when he comes home
When your puppy gets home, give him a warm hot water bottle and put a ticking clock near his sleeping area. It will imitate the heat and heartbeat of his little mates and will soothe him in his new environment.
Teach him to come when called
Teaching him to come is the command to be mastered first and foremost. You will see the benefits of perfecting this command early as he gets old.
Reward his good behavior
Reward your puppy or dog’s good behavior with positive reinforcement. Use treats, toys, love, or heaps of praise.
Take him for regular walks
Take your puppy or dog for a regular walk at least twice a day. Dogs love walks and it will also make him more energetic and less lazy.
Discourage him from biting or nipping
Instead of scolding him, pretend that you are in a great pain when he is biting or nipping you. He will be so surprised that he’s likely to stop immediately. If this doesn’t work then try giving him a toy instead as trading.
Never give him food from your own plate
It’s very important to make sure that you never give him anything from your own plate. If you do so, he will always expect you to give him food from your plate and he will keep salivating in front of you, which wouldn’t look good at all, especially if you got guests at your place.
End training sessions on a positive note
Excellent boy! Good job, Oscar!
He’s worked out throughout the training just to please you so leave him with lots of praise, a treat, some petting, or five minutes of play. This guarantees that he will show up wagging his tail at his next training class.