Puppy Training

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How to Effectively Train Your Puppy

The arrival of a new puppy is both an exciting yet challenging time. Properly Training Your Puppy in those early weeks means the difference between a healthy happy life and a stressful one. Puppy training should be your top priority once your puppy arrives home.

Certain tasks must be taken care of to ensure the longevity and well being of our new friend. These tasks include house, crate and leash training, basic obedience and behavioral training, as well as teaching proper socialization manners to fit our domesticated, human lifestyle.

Positive reinforcement such as praise, encouragement and rewards as opposed to the old school method of punishment will work wonders for your puppy. Remember to use lots of repetition while keeping training sessions short, consistent and fun. Your puppy’s confidence will grow steadily and mistakes will become further apart.

Essential Puppy Training Exercises

Puppy Potty Training at a designated outdoor area is an essential step in house training your new arrival. Keep your puppy confined in his/her crate. Select an area outdoors as a designated toilet area. Then every hour, take your puppy outside to the designated area and use a cue word such as “Go potty” to attach to your dog’s toilet activity.

Puppy Crate Training is an important step to controlling your dog’s behavior and protecting him/her from dangerous activities. Over time, your puppy will love the crate and feel secure in it. Never use the crate for punishment. Crate training your puppy provides him/her with a temporary confined area when having house guests, allows you to keep your puppy close by when moving from one room to another, makes driving over to the vet or groomer more pleasant, and prevents your puppy from getting in to mischief.

Puppy Socialization generally refers to the social training given to your puppy during the first 16 weeks of his/her life. This is a critical time for shaping your pet’s character, teaching good behavior towards others and planting healthy social habits towards humans and animals alike.
To socialize your puppy, involve him/her in your daily household activities, expose him/her to many people in the first few weeks of his/her life, and encourage touch, play and fun interaction with outside visitors.

Puppy Leash Training – Leash training is one of the first things you need to teach your puppy. Expect your puppy to fully adapt to his/her leash in about 2 weeks. Be consistent on communicating what is acceptable or unacceptable behavior on the leash.

Leash training involves 3 steps that must be followed in order:

Collar – First attach a light weight collar on your puppy when he/she is feeding or playing. He/She will probably feel uncomfortable at first and try to scratch it off. Do not take it off then. Rather, wait until he/she forgets about it, and then remove the collar.

Leash – The second step is to attach a leash to the collar. This step should be taken once your dog is comfortable with just the collar. Use a light weight leather leash, allowing your pet to check it out and drag it along. Wait until your puppy forgets about the leash before moving on to the next step.

Walk – The third and final step is to actually pick up the opposite side of the leash and walk your dog around. Start by walking around the house offering plenty of encouragement and praise. If he/she stops or pulls on the leash, do not continue walking. Just call him/her back over, and offer lots of praise and treats.

At Smart Dog Camp, your puppy will be well cared for by our expert in house staff. He/She will receive expert potty, leash, and crate training. Contact us today to schedule a visit. We’d love to hear from you!