Training Your Puppy

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Tips To Training Your Puppy From The Beginning

Training your puppy from the beginning can help to set up a good foundation. Sometimes we get so enamored with a new little friend, we don’t set up those boundaries that the dog needs to learn good behavior.  Training your puppy can turn into training your dog.

Of course, we all know the importance of training your puppy, but it is easy to get busy with life and let certain things slide.  I know I’ve been guilty of that.  And many little things, that seem cute when they are a puppy, can lend themselves to frustration later.

There are also those things that happen that might set up a scenario for bad behavior later. My little Aussie was at the veterinarian office when he was about 5 months old. One of the clients came out into the lobby with his dog off leash and it quickly preceded to attack my puppy. Needless to say, it was a bit traumatic for myself and my puppy.

After that incident, I had had trouble with him intensely barking at other dogs when we passed them on the walk and severely pulling on the leash to get to them.  As a result, I developed anxiety on the walk and avoided other dog walkers.  Of course, it is difficult to avoid them altogether and it doesn’t really help to get your puppy over that bad and dangerous behavior.  

Training Your Puppy With A Solid Foundation

Training your puppy from the start and dealing with issues that might come up as you go along can go a long way in raising a good dog. Of course, no dog is perfect just like no person is perfect, but we can help provide a good foundation.

Tricks are cool, but stick with the basic formula of good behavior first. Setting yourself up as their pack leader can avoid many bad behaviors like pulling on the leash, food or toy aggression, jumping on people or barking excessively, etc. We can then add the sit and stay and all those other tricks.

Bad behavior can start young and be carried into adulthood. It can be more difficult to correct then or worse yet, it can escalate into a bite or behavior that causes the dog to be euthanized.

More dogs are put to sleep for aggression, barking, growling and challenging than any other reason. Aggressive to children, owners, strangers or other dogs, none of it is good.  

It can be quite dangerous to have a dog that is out of control, who is really not paying attention to you at all. They can harm you, others or themselves in that state.

Most puppy classes though focus on sit, stay, down and the like, but few focus on how you can prevent bad behavior.

We all want dogs that are:

1. Calm around all other animals including dogs

2. Friendly to all people including children

3. Relaxed and obedient around the home

4. Amazing at coming when called at the park

5. A real angel when walking on the leash in public

Training your puppy to have those behaviors should start early, then working on the other things will be easier Unfortunately, I seem to live in places where I don’t have much training help nearby and don’t have the energy to drive 45 minutes to a trainer that can assist in such good behavior development.

I came across Doggy Dan’s The Online Dog Trainer video website and checked it out.

I really like it because it has an enormous amount of information on how to be your dog’s pack leader and tips to deal with many real life challenges that come up when training your puppy or adult dog. And I can learn at my own pace and do one thing at a time until my dog (and I) master it.

Online Dog TrainerI decided to promote Doggy Dan on my website, so yes, I do get a small commission if you buy through my link. You can even get a 3 day trial of the Online Dog Trainer for only $1. Take a look.

In his website, he has a great variety of videos showing you how to train a wonderful companion. He has a special section specifically geared toward puppy training starting with his 8 week old puppy Moses. It guides you through every stage of achieving all the things I’ve just mentioned.

Doggy Dan filmed his puppy growing up for an entire year and presented a series of lessons each week that need to be learned at that particular stage of the puppy’s life. So you get to watch and train your puppy at exactly the right time, making sure problems don’t manifest later on.

The site is full of other things your adult dog needs too. He even covers health and food training. I think it has over 250 training videos.

Try it out for 3 days, whether working on training your puppy or your adult dog, then decide if it can help you before you join.

 

 


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