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Puppy Training Techniques That Work

May 5, 2008
Don't you just melt at how cute puppies are? Thick fur and chubby bodies and those tiny whines and barks, you can just hug them and squeeze them till next week. What's even cuter is if your puppy can learn tricks you can dazzle your friends and family with! This starts with training and each training is supposed to instill a single behavior at a time. Later in his life, you'll smile with a proud smile: it was worth it, the hard work and the sleepless nights and long hours together, all just to make sure your puppy can do those cute and jaw dropping tricks.

But even before you begin to train your puppy, you would have to understand how puppies behave and how their minds work. This is the key to the highest level of puppy training. If you know what makes them interested to do things, you can use that knowledge to make your puppy want to do tricks for you.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you should not ever expect a puppy to think and behave as we humans would. Yes, you can bond with your pet and he'll eventually learn to conform, but you can't really expect him to act, say, like human kids. Keep this instilled in your mind to spare yourself the frustration of wanting to teach your puppy tricks, and expecting him to be like a child.

It's always a great experience to have a new puppy at home. Naturally, he will have the whole attention of the household, from the moment he is seen being picked up from the car to the moment he walks into the house, he'll be cooed and patted and film on digicam. As with babies, you would have to be gentle and careful in dealing with your new puppy. As with kids, your puppy's experiences early on will mold him in to who and what kind of dog he will be later on. You reap a dog whose memories you sowed.

Still, like children, puppies tend to be expected to act like kids. And they will. They will touch everything with their mouths and chew for further studies. Expect curtains to be yanked down, throw pillows to be peed on, newspapers chewed up, your left shoe to go missing. As with little children, you would have to be firm in instilling discipline and be the authority in the house regarding what your pup can and cannot do.

When you've established this, so many tricks are out there waiting to be learned by your puppy. The fundamental of course is plain dog obedience. Leash him and get him used to the routines in your house and the routines of your schedule.

And like kids, again, pups can only learn from cause and effect and punishment and reward. When your pup is about to pee and he pees where you expect him to, give him a reward, a pat on the head, a good doggie fur-rubbing moment, some food, anything to make him wag his tail and act submissive to you. You can keep giving it him so long as he does what you want, be it pooping and peeing in the assigned spot, or rolling over and playing dead or fetching.
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