Training a new puppy is a time-consuming hassle, but itâ€™s definitely worth it. Good dogs arenâ€™t just born, they are taught. Before you get a dog, examine your commitment to its training. Dogs and their humans are generally happier when expectations are clear.
Just as babies like to put everything in their mouths, puppies also like to chew, and they have much sharper teeth. Whether you buyÂ certified German Shepherd puppiesÂ or adopt mixed breeds of unknown origin, puppies are likely to chew up and possibly destroy whatever they can. Puppy proof your house by providing a safe space such as a crate or utility room where your puppy can be a puppy. Provide lots of chew toys for stimulation.
Keep It Simple
Choose a few simple commands to start with such asÂ sitÂ andÂ no. Dogs are not born with a facility to understand human language (like babies are), so they need lots of practice and reinforcement. Choose small,Â delicious treatsÂ (such as cooked chicken) that you can give liberally when your dog is doing what you want. Avoid crunchy biscuits for training because by the time your pup is finished chewing, he will have forgotten why he got the reward in the first place.
Itâ€™s difficult not to laugh when your dog is being silly, but if youâ€™re in the middle of a lesson, try not to. Bad behavior is often reinforced accidentally by the mannerisms and behavior of the human companions. For example, if you donâ€™t want your dog to sleep on the sofa when youâ€™re at work, donâ€™t put â€œhisâ€ blanket on it. In your mind, you may be keeping the furniture clear of dog hair. In your dogâ€™s brain, youâ€™ve invited him up.
If you donâ€™t have lots of time to train your pooch, consider enrolling in an obedience class. That way youâ€™re both committed to at least that hour of training every week.