Basic Dog Training Tips for New Owners

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By LITTLE PUPPY PAWS | April 16, 2023
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If you’re a new dog owner, here are some basic dog training tips to help you establish a strong bond with your furry friend and ensure good behavior. Socialize your dog by exposing them to different people, dogs, and environments, and seek professional help if needed. Remember, training is a lifelong process that requires ongoing effort and attention. Be consistent, positive, and patient, and your dog will learn to be a well-behaved and happy companion.

Some basic tips for dog training include being consistent in your commands and rewards, using positive reinforcement, starting with basic commands like sit and stay, being patient, socializing your dog, and seeking professional help if needed.

Tips for Basic Training

It is important to remember that training is an ongoing process and requires patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. Here are some tips for basic training:

Preventing Early Jumping

If you’ve recently adopted a puppy, now is the time to train them not to jump up. While it may be adorable as a puppy, it is usually not a desirable behavior in adult dogs, so training in it is essential now. The best way to accomplish this is to ignore your puppy until all four of their paws are on the ground. This teaches them they must not jump up if they want your attention.

Early Socialization

Socialization is exposing your dog to a wide range of environments, people, and other dogs. The more experience your dog has with other people and dogs, as well as in new settings, the more at ease they will be as an adult. Adult dogs who are not well socialized as puppies may exhibit undesirable behaviors such as aggression, excessive barking, and fear.

Reward Effective House Training

The most important thing for new pet owners is usually house training. They understandably do not want their pets urinating indoors. Some methods, however, such as scolding or rubbing the puppy’s nose in the mess after an accident, are ineffective. Instead, your puppy will be confused, if not scared. It is far preferable to reward successes rather than punish mistakes.

Rewarding success is the best way to train your dog in general. Instead of punishing failure, use treats and praise to help your dog learn and become more comfortable with you.

Do Not Punish with a Crate

Crate training is an essential part of dog training. The crate can provide your dog with a private, safe haven. It can also assist you in housebreaking your dog. Because dogs rarely relieve themselves in their sleeping areas, your puppy will become accustomed to holding it in. However, you should avoid using the crate as a punishment for your dog. Otherwise, your puppy will associate the crate with punishment and will not feel safe or secure in it.

Punishment for failure is not recommended in general. Yelling may confuse your dog rather than reinforce the desired behavior.

Train on Schedule

Every day, train your dog at the same time. This will make your dog feel more at ease during training because they will know what to expect. A schedule is also extremely beneficial when house training. The best way to train your dog to go outside to use the bathroom is to feed them at the same time every day and then take them outside to relieve themselves right after.

Train Important Commands

If you want to teach your dog commands, start with the most important ones. The commands and tricks your dog learns first will be the ones they remember best. If you’re teaching them a new command and they don’t know what to do, these are the actions they’ll take.

Maintain Consistency

It is critical to follow the same set of rules. If you don’t want your dog on the couch as an adult, don’t allow it as a puppy. If your dog becomes accustomed to specific rules only to have them changed later, it will become confused. The same is true for commands. You should be consistent in your word choice. In this manner, your dog can learn to associate specific words with the desired behavior.