Your new puppy probably seems perfect to you, but he has a lot to learn! Make sure not to write off odd behaviors as personality quirks. Training can help him develop proper pet manners. Even the friendliest neighbors, including those who love dogs, will be resentful if your
puppy barks incessantly, wanders on their lawn, soils their yard or tears up their flowers.
Basic training could also save your puppy’s life - knowing a simple command, like coming when called, could help keep your puppy out of danger.
To redirect inappropriate behavior, follow these basic steps: • Get your puppy’s attention by using a low-pitched, serious voice. Say “ahhh!” This will startle him, and he will stop what he is doing and look to you for further direction. • Provide an acceptable alternative behavior or distraction. • Praise correct behavior. In an upbeat, high-pitched voice say “good puppy!” and reward him with calm petting or a treat.
The behaviorists at Purina believe positive reinforcement is not only the best technique for establishing a good relationship with your puppy while training, but that it's also the most effective. Positive reinforcement consists of associating a reward with a desired behavior. If you use positive reinforcement during training, your puppy will learn to associate training time and behaving well with praise, affection or treats. Punishment as a form of training may lead to stress and anxiety for puppies and may weaken the relationship you have with your puppy.
Here are some tips to help make training your puppy more enjoyable for both of you:
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