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For successful puppy training, we will teach you how practice the following basic exercise steps with your puppy every day. We will show you how to keep your training sessions short. Your puppy will see everything as a game, so we will show you how to keep him stimulated by changing what he’s learning. You will do each command for about five minutes and come back to it whenever you can.
You will want to practice the commands in lots of different places — in the garden, living room, hall or kitchen, you can even do it out on walks — so that they get used to responding to you in all sorts of scenarios. We show you how to use the click technique to help with other aspects of your puppy’s training, such as encouraging them to stand still for their grooming and getting them used to traveling in the car.
Your puppy will learn very swiftly and respond to affection and love as well as rewards. The right obedience training will help create a lasting bond between you and your dog and you’ll be rewarded with a well-trained and happy dog.
Puppy Preschool Tips
Prevent Food aggreession
Giving in to your puppy’s every need is not a positive thing. As your puppy grows, so will his desire to assert himself. Puppies sometimes pick mealtimes as a battleground. But giving in to him is a mistake. You need to be sure they know that you won’t respond to their every demand.
Your puppy needs to understand that people around them, particularity young children, can be quite unpredictable. But they need to accept that their unpredictable behavior is not threatening. You can help them to do this by imitating a child’s behavior. Step quickly towards their food bowl — then drop in a treat. Mildly bump into him, while he’s eating, or throw toys nearby — anything to create a distraction, but make sure to drop a treat in the bowl to reward them for continuing to eat serenely. Do this occasionally, but not at every meal. If your puppy stops mid-mouthful, glares or growls at you, stop and try again one more time. If this continues, it’s best to seek advice from a certified dog trainer.
Signs of aggression or submission
If your puppy is feeling aggressive or brave, they will try to make themselves appear larger by standing tall, with their ears and tail sticking upright. They will also push out their chest and raise the hair on their back and neck. They might also growl and wave their tail slowly.
On the other hand, submissive dogs will try to make themselves appear small and act like a puppy. This is because an adult dog will “tell off” a puppy but not attack him. Submission will take the form of a sideways crouch close to the ground, their tail kept low but wagging away. They may also try to lick the face of the dominant human or dog. They may even roll on their back.
What does wagging mean?
Many of us recognize that tail wagging is a sign of pleasure and friendliness, but the tail can indicate other moods as well.
The normal way a dog holds his tail changes from breed to breed but generally speaking, a tail held higher than 45 degrees to the back expresses interest and alertness.
If your puppy’s tail is waved stiffly and slowly that’s an expression of anger. If it’s clamped low over his hindquarters, it means your furry friend is afraid. An nervous or anxious dog may drop his tail but wag it stiffly.
If your dog’s eyes are half closed, that’s a sign of submission or pleasure, while eyes wide open can indicate aggression.
In the wild, dogs stare at each other until one makes a challenge or one backs down, so you should never attempt to outstare your puppy, especially if their behavior is nervous.
Talk to our expert dog trainers. To get started we do a 1-on-1 dog training consultation where we meet with you and your dog to find the best solution. The methods used are ones we determine at the consultation.
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Play bow and Toys
If your puppy wants to play, they’ll bow down or raise a paw and bark to attract your attention. Or they may offer up a toy or bound up to another dog to get them to join in a chase.
How your puppy learns
Your puppy will learn very quickly, so it’s important that they learn how to behave correctly right from the start.
Dogs learn by association, so if your puppy does something great reward them. Then the action is more likely to be repeated. But the reward must be linked to the action, so they must be rewarded swiftly, within a couple of seconds. The reward itself can be praise or a few kibbles of puppy food or even both.
Your puppy needs to be taught what they can and cannot do. Many harmless behaviors can be overlooked, but possibly dangerous ones need to be handled right away by interrupting their behavior with a sharp “no” to get their attention — be sure to reward them when they stop and pay attention to you. Hitting or shouting will not help your puppy learn.