Did you know that dogs have a sense of smell 1,000 times stronger than ours? It can make you wonder why they seem to like garbage and poop so much. When you get a new puppy, it can often feel a bit overwhelming at first. Not only is your dog full of energy and excited to see you at every turn, but it also needs to be trained. Here are three puppy training techniques you should know if you plan on raising your dog to follow household rules.
1. Combining Gesture with Words
Did you know that dogs can understand up to 250 different gestures and words? It’s not difficult to have a common language. Most of the time, it’s simply difficult for you and your dog to understand what you mean with different commands. This is why dogs usually respond better to a combination of words and gestures. For example, say that you tell your dog “No” when they bark and jump on a guest. Saying no is not very clear for the dog. They might assume they’re not barking enough. Telling them to sit at the same time, however, gives a clear sign that they are meant to cease the behavior.
2. Basic Puppy Training Games
Tricks are a good way to play with your pet, as they provide elements of discipline that will help your dog learn obedience. “Come,” “stay,” and “sit” are good beginner tricks, while rolling over, playing dead, and barking are better once you both have a little experience. Use plenty of treats, but only reward for the behavior you seek. Otherwise, it teaches your dog that doing it right or wrong is equally likely to result in a snack! Take breaks every 10 minutes, since puppy training games can be both physically and mentally tiring for your dog.
3. Puppy Toilet Training Tips
Nobody likes finding a puddle of pee on the kitchen floor. How can you effectively and quickly train your puppy to relieve themselves in appropriate areas? Make sure you give puppies frequent access to toilet areas. Unlike adult dogs, they will require access every three to four hours. Resist scolding when they make a “mistake,” and offer special treats when they go in the right place. Keep to a feeding schedule so that their “out” times are more predictable. And remember, no puppy is going to be fully house trained until they are about six months old, and have better control over their bladder.
What puppy training games do you play with your pet?