Dog training for puppies
Dog training for puppies should begin at an early age. For the most part, puppies want to know how they are to act in their new surroundings. It’s up to the dog owner to show them how.
But puppies, in general, have a very short attention span. So training sessions should be very short. They should also be fun for your dog.
You don’t want your dog to be bored or dread each training session. Instead, it is important that your dog knows it will be rewarded immediately after a brief training. And the reward does not have to be in the form of food.
I read an excellent article in DogStarDaily.com that discusses dog training for puppies and how to integrate it into your lifestyle. It is entitled, “Lifestyle Training.” The article is based upon AFTER You Get Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar.
Here is a quote from the article:
Integrate Training and Games
Playing games with lots of rules is a fun way to train your dog and exercise her mind. Your puppy will learn that games have rules and that rules are fun. Training becomes a game, and games become training.
Integrate Training and Lifestyle
In order to get your puppy to respond here, there, and everywhere, she needs be trained here, there, and everywhere. Train your puppy little but often. The secret is to totally integrate training into both your puppy’s lifestyle and your lifestyle.
Train regularly and you’ll discover that integrated training is easy and enjoyable. For example, call your puppy for a body-position sequence with variable length stays in each position whenever there are advertisements on the television, or every time you open the fridge, make a cup of tea, turn a page of the newspaper, or send an e-mail. If you instruct the pup to perform a simple body-position sequence on every such occasion, you will easily be able to train your puppy over fifty times a day without deviating from your normal lifestyle. Remember that you are responsible for a young, impressionable, developing canine brain. Exercise that doggy brain. Allow your pup to achieve and enjoy her full potential.
Integrate Training into Your Own Lifestyle
Once your dog is well-trained, she may enjoy full run of your house, will be welcome almost anywhere, and may eventually graduate to couch work. My dogs spend most of the evening snuggled on the couch. They like BBC America and Soccer (Arsenal supporters.) Occasionally, I may ask them to do something during breaks, like move over, fetch the paper, change the channel, vacuum the living room, or fix dinner. They’re highly trained dogs.
The entire article is found here.
How did you handle dog training for puppies? I didn’t start my dog training as early as I should have. What about you? Thanks for your comments.