Training a puppy is not an elaborate challenge, but it does take time and regular application. Dogs learn through behavioral reward and negative experience. What they learn depends on their owners and how engaged a person is in that training.
Dogs think about a few basic things and then let their nose essentially find the rest. So effective training is frequently hitched to those things that the dog wants: food, sleep, a place to go to the bathroom, comfort, and bonding with a pack. How the dog is treated when it pursues these basic needs dictates how the dog will behave growing up.
Tips When Owning A Puppy
Clearly, dogs focus a lot on food, but that doesn’t mean they are allowed to eat whenever they want. Puppies will learn pretty quickly that certain noises, things, and containers equate to food. Teaching a young dog a schedule will train the animal to control its hunger, but you better believe the dog will expect to be fed on the dot at the appropriate time too. So an owner has to stay committed to the schedule to be fair. Otherwise, the dog will go looking and tearing into things to be fed.
Food can also be a reinforcing reward for certain behavior. Repetitive practice and a food reward when a dog does a task completely well can be very effective. However, giving a food reward when the dog barely does what’s desired can actually reinforce opposite behavior. So it’s all or nothing with food rewards.
Sleep, Shelter and Protection
Dogs that feel safe, protected and comfortable adjust pretty easily to their sleeping arrangements. Puppies are notorious for wanting to be near humans at first given that they seek to bond with a pack for protection. After a few nights, however, a puppy can learn that a pillow or crate bed is home and will stick with it for years if consistent training is applied every night. Let the dog sleep on the bed, and that will break the training development.
Puppies Need a Pack
Starting early training a dog that an owner is the pack leader is essential for good behavior. Absent a defined leader, dogs often become dominant and possessive, which turns into what people see as bad behavior. To the dog, it is just protecting its territory. By asserting an alpha leader role and stopping the puppy from taking a lead or making a decision during an interaction, the owner becomes the pack leader and the dog will learn to seek the owner’s approval before taking action.
Dogs only see pain and fear with spanking or punishment. And avoidance creates a tension in an animal that could result in an attack if the dog feels cornered or threatened. Avoid negative punishment and focus on positive reward reinforcement. It will go much further, and the dog will try to please every time.
Regular check ups for your puppy are very important as they are starting to grow. Schedule an appointment today at Memorial Road Pet Hospital!