How to Start Training Your Puppy

Knowing how to start training your puppy at a young age is extremely important.  Bringing a dog into a new home is especially intimidating to the little guy.

The puppy needs to know the difference between proper behavior and bad behavior.  So training should begin at a young age. 

Training must be consistent among all members of the household.  Proper training requires time and patience.  Bringing a new dog into your home is a major responsibility.  If a person is not willing to completely assume this responsibility, he/she should not buy a dog.

I read an article in the excellent blog, TheThreeDogBlog.com.  It is entitled, “Five Training Tips For First-Time Dog Owners.”  The article lists 5 guidelines you must follow when you acquire a dog.  It shows you how to start training your puppy.

Here is a quote from the article:

The decision to welcome a dog into your family is a long-term commitment that can be both highly rewarding and demanding. First-time dog owners should follow these basic five tips to help train their new pet and lay the foundation for a long, happy relationship with their four-legged friend.

1) Be Consistent

Before you even bring your new pooch home, think about what kinds of rules you will have for your dog. If you have a spouse, kids or housemates, include them in this exercise. In order for your dog to learn and understand the rules of your home, it is important that everyone who is in the dog’s life also understands what behaviour is acceptable and unacceptable from your four-legged friend.

The complete article can be read here.  In encourage you to read it.

The other guidelines to follow are stick to a schedule, enroll in obedience training, be firm but fair, and spend time with your dog.  I agree with the author of this article.  These guidelines must be followed to have a relaxed, confident, and happy dog.

The author makes one important point not mentioned above.  Never harm your dog.  Never hit your dog with your hand or another object.  This could scar your dog for life.  It could also ruin your relationship with your dog forever.

What do you suggest on how to start training your puppy?  Do you agree with these guidelines? I thank you for your comments.

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