Everyone in a household, including your dog, will be better off if your dog is able to conform to the behavior that is expected of it. It is your dog’s nature to want your approval, generally your dog want to please you, however it will not know how unless you teach it. Throughout your dog’s life, there may be various impressive tasks and tricks that you will want to teach it to perform, that however is optional, what is not are the types of training we will discuss below.
1. Toilet Training
If you are planning on having your dog indoors, even on occasion, toilet training is a must and the reasons are obvious. Although it can be a stressful time for everyone, it is important to use proper training techniques and of course patience to reach your goals. Starting when you dog is between three to four months old is very important, if you start to early you puppy most likely will not have sufficient bladder and bowel control, of you start later, it is a process that will take much longer.
When you first start training, it is important that you confine your puppy to a fairly restricted area — the length of a tethered leash, a single room or even a crate. As your puppy starts understanding that his business is to be conducted outside, gradually you can expand the area that it is able to roam around in.
Here are some tips to help you effectively toilet train your puppy:
• Scheduled Mealtimes — during toilet training, keep a feeding schedule for your puppy. No snacking in between, no food should be available unless it is mealtime.
• Frequently Offer Potty Breaks — there should be plenty of opportunities for your puppy to go outside and take care of business. Start first thing in the morning and then every thirty to sixty minutes throughout the day. Take your puppy outside after it finishes a meal or wakes up from a nap.
• Familiarity Inspires Comfort — Take your puppy to the same spot outside every day, the scent is something your dog will recognize and it will allow it to more readily take care of business.
• Stay with Your Puppy — stay with your puppy when it is outside on a potty break until it has taken of business, or until it is obvious that it does not need to. Never just turn the dog out on its own.
• Reward Success — when you puppy does well, praise it. Offer a treat or something that it really enjoys.
2. Obedience Training
It is also necessary to teach your dog obedience. An obedient dog is a delight to be around; a disobedient one is a real headache. Even though you can take your dog’s training to very high level, there are a few basic commands it should learn to respond to and they are:
- Sit — this is a great command to teach first, it helps you keep control of your dog regardless of the situation.
- Drop — this teaches your dog to drop anything in its mouth immediately.
- Stay — teaches your dog to remain in one place, calm and still.
- Heel — teaches you dog to remain next you as you walk, whether you use a leash or not.
- Come — teaches your dog to come to you immediately upon command, as soon as your puppy recognizes its name, you should teach this one as it can potentially help you keep your puppy from harm.
Not only will your household be more pleasant by teaching your puppy these basic commands, it will also help your puppy be happy, remember all it wants to do is please you.