5 Life Skills to Teach Your Dog Right Away
We have collected an easily accessible list on tips, instructions and tricks to help you with puppy training. Sometimes some retraining is needed with an older dog and these steps can well be applied to those cases as well. Let's get started!
The most important life skill is coming when asked to, it can end up saving your dog's life.
- Everything starts with trust: have fun with your dog (playing tips here!) and reward them instantly when they come to you.
- Practice the "come" command when there are the least amount of distractions and your puppy is on the right mood to obey your command.
- Slowly move outside and among the distractions of everyday life.
- Practice regularly with treats so that this command is solid when needed the most.
2. Walking on a Leash
- Teach your puppy to keep on eye on you and practice walking with a treat in your hand.
- Then move on to wearing a leash: when the leash tightens, stop, and as they look at you, ease the leash and reward verbally. Then continue walking. The idea is to teach the dog that pulling won't get them forward.
3. Potty Training
Remember that puppies are unable to hold their pee and poo, so take them outside often: after eating, drinking, playing and waking up.
- When accidents happen, don't give the dog attention, just quickly clean up and move on.
- Keep walks and going to the bathroom separate, puppies are too excited about world to stop and pee. So when going potty, stay within a close range, maybe walk in a circle, so they get to focus on doing their business. Reward when they go outside.
4. Calming Down
Asking your puppy to wait before giving them food, before opening doors and saying hello to someone teaches them patience. You want to also give your dog its own place to calm down, and where they are not disturbed. Remember to teach everybody in the family to leave the dog be, when they are on their bed or in their crate.
Use "no" carefully and remember to use the same command every time. The "no" command is best saved for situations when the dog is about to do something dangerous to them or people around. Avoid using the dog's name when rebuking them and offer something better as a reward when they obey.
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