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Puppy Training - Three Important Tips For Every Puppy




By David Anthony

There are a number of excellent puppy training tips that can help
you teach your new dog. Play is a very large part of any puppy's
early life. But were you aware that playtime can also be learning
time as well? Play can be a valuable tool in teaching your puppy
everything from learning simple commands to teaching them the
ins and outs of socializing and what it takes to be a well behaved
dog.

There are three basic things that a puppy - even one as young as
six weeks old - needs to start learning. The first and most useful of
those things is simply the word, "No." You will be using that
command repeatedly during your relationship with your dog and so
it is very important that he knows it from the start.

And it's easy. Dogs, even puppies, are adept at recognizing tone of
voice. When they learn to associate a displeased, forceful tone of
voice with the word no, you will not in the future have to be so
forceful in your utterances. But first you do have to get his
attention. When the pup does something wrong, simply pick him
up, gain eye contact and tell him very firmly, "No." It will get an
immediate reaction. Depending on your pup's personality, he will
drop his head and become sheepish, growl or attempt to talk you
out of it by asking you to play. If either of the latter two happens,
you will have to repeat the command to show that you are not
kidding.

Then, simply let it go. Put the pup down and keep a watchful eye
on his response. A rebellious pup may repeat the action as a way
to test you, in which case you need to repeat the process. Be
gentle, but be firm and consistent and your pup should get the
message.

As for the other things that your baby needs to know, you will
probably default to teaching him the proper way to go potty. This
is actually easier than you might think, as pups are a lot smarter
than they look. Timing is, however, everything. If you notice a
puddle on the floor and your pup has since gone off to play with
his ball, the only thing you can do is clean it up and watch him
more closely. Don't rub his nose in it, or he will simply be hurt and
confused. What you want to do is catch him in the act. When you
see him start to take a tinkle, grab him and take him outside.
Chances are he will be so shocked that he will save some for the
yard, and when he goes there you can praise him lavishly.

The third thing that your pup needs to know is that he should
never put his teeth on a human being. This is a tough one, as it is
so much fun to play "bite" with a youngster. But when they are
older, you really don't want them to play so rough. So when you
play with him, be sure to do so with toys that are okay for him to
bite. If he bites when you are trying to pet him, tell him no and
give him his toy or put his toy right in his mouth. If he persists, pick
him up and tell him no. If you are consistent, you should get good
results.

When your pup has accomplished learning her first command, or
goes outside instead of on the floor and stops puppy-biting, she is
well on her way to graduating from puppy to a well-mannered
adult.
 
 
About the Author
David Anthony provides informative and highly researched dog breed tips and guides. You can find a wealth of dog related information on a variety of topics such as choosing the best puppies for families to help in finding the right family dog for you and your children.

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