Puppy Training Tips That Work Wonders
As a dog owner, one of the most important things we can do is to make sure our dog is properly trained. Puppy training is a must! We all want a long-lasting, happy relationship with our dog and not only is proper puppy training essential for a good relationship with your dog, it is essential for their happiness, comfort, and well-being. Whether you take your puppy to classes, train him yourself or hire a private trainer, there are some basic training tips you should tackle right away. Today, we’re going to give you 7 successful techniques used for puppy training – these puppy training techniques will help you get going.
- Choosing Your Dog’s Name
You’re probably wondering why we’re talking about your dog’s name – we’re talking about it because it is an important part of training. When training, it is easier to use names that end with a strong consonant. This way, you can be sure that your dog will always hear his name clearly. With a strong ending, especially when you place a good amount of emphasize in the end will cause your dog to perk up those ears.
- Teaching the Dog to Come to You
This is a method that you can practice in your house, or while you’re outside walking your dog on the leash.
- Put the leash on your dog
- Hold the leash and say “come” one time, then quickly walk backward.
- Keep moving until you have reached the end of the leash and your dog is further away
- When your dog catches up to you, say “good boy” and give him a treat.
This is also a good way to teach your dog not to pull on the leash. Every time he starts to pull you, say “come” and walk backward. Until your dog stops pulling. When he stops, give him a reward.
- Teach Your Dog to Sit
This is one of the easiest skills to teach your dog. Here’s a good method to follow:
- Hold a treat in your hand, close to the puppy’s nose. As you move your hand up, his head will follow the treat.
- As he moves his head up, his back end will lower.
- When his butt hits the floor, give him the treat and praise him.
- Repeat this multiple times. You’ll be surprised at how fast your dog learns to “sit” on command.
Note: Make sure you don’t hold the treat too high, because this will make your puppy want to jump for it. Just hold it in front of his head, high enough so that he slightly stretches his neck.
- Teaching Them to Stay
Teaching the puppy to stay may be a bit on the challenging side. Seriously, asking a dog, who wants to follow you around while you’re cooking, to “stay” is almost too much to ask. However, this doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Like the other basic commands on this list, stay can be a lifesaver. The goal with the stay command while puppy training is to teach your puppy that he needs to remain exactly where he is until you give him further instructions. Here’s a technique you can use to teach your puppy to “stay:”
- Start out by putting a leash on your dog and making them sit next to you.
- Place your hand flatly toward his face and say the word “Stay.”
- Step in front of the dog, stand there for a couple of seconds, then step beside him. If he didn’t break his “stay,” give him a reward.
- If the dog moves, say “oops,” and place him back where he was. From here, give the “stay” command.
- Do this multiple times throughout the day, every day and before you know it, your dog will know the basic “stay” command.
- After you have rewarded him, give him a release word that indicates that it’s time for him to get up.
- Teach Your Dog to Roll Over
You’re going to have fun teaching your dog this trick – along with “sit” and “stay,” this is a well-known trick. If you want to teach your dog to roll over on command, here’s a good method for you to try:
- Start off by having your dog lay down on the ground.
- As you’re speaking the “roll over” command, take a treat in your hand and have him move over to one hip. Once he does this, give him a treat.
- Use another treat to get him to turn over on his back. When he does this, give him a tear.
- Take another treat and get him to roll all the way over. When he does this, give him a treat and pet him.
- Teach Your Dog to Shake Your Hand
This trick is simple to teach and is really cute. If you’re trying to train your puppy to shake your hand, or give you his paw, here’s a method you should follow:
- Start out with a tasty treat in your hand with your thumb over it. Ask your dog to “sit” as you’re holding the hand with the treat out in front of him.
- Most curious puppies will start to sniff your hand and try to get you to release that treat. If your little four-legged friend tries using their mouth to get the treat, ignore him. Sit there and wait until he uses his paw. When he uses his paw, tell him he’s a good boy and give him the treat.
Most dogs will pick this trick up fairly quickly and it should only take a couple of sessions. Once your dog has learned to shake your hand, try training him to shake with his other paw – you can do this by holding the treat in your other hand and using a different word for his other paw. For example, if you used the command “Paw” for his right paw, use the command “Shake” for his left paw.
- Teaching the Puppy Not to Nip
When the puppy bites or nips at you, instead of scolding him, pretend that you’re in a large amount of pain (even though you’re not) when he’s nipping you. He will be so surprised that he will probably stop biting right away. If this technique doesn’t work, trade out your hand for a chew toy. This nice little swap trick will also come in handy when he’s chewing on your shoes, your children’s stuffed animal or anything else the puppy shouldn’t be chewing on.
As soon as you bring your puppy home, go ahead and pick one of these 7 puppy training techniques and start teaching your puppy. We highly recommend the “sit” technique, followed by the “stay” command before you turn to the “roll over” command. Once your puppy has mastered one trick, move to the next one.