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Training Your Puggle Takes Patience and Due Diligence

May 20, 2008
Unfortunately, many times a new Puggle owner will be faced with the dilemma of how to get their cute and adorable puppy under control. And, after weeks of trying to get their dog to obey, they then decide that they are just going to give up. My response to them would be this: Have Patience and Due Diligence! There may be a number of factors to why your dog is not doing what you want them to. The following are some tips to assist you in your training process.

There are many different factors that might be causing your Puggle to not want to behave as he should. First, you need to ask yourself, how old is your dog? Is he still a puppy and only eight weeks of age? The reason I ask is because dogs that are young can take weeks if not months to learn specific commands as well as how to potty train. Another factor that might be affecting your baby's ability to learn is consistency. Are you being consistent with your commands and your schedule? A puppy is much like a baby when it comes to obeying. If a parent doesn't stay consistent with their rules, then how can the baby know what the rules are?

Are you training your dog as a team member or are you training your dog as you being the master? Believe it or not, your dog will be more motivated to want to do what you say if you are reinforcing and motivating him and encouraging him with rewards. The more positive reinforcement you use with training your Puggle, the more your dog will want to continue to do what you want him to.

Are you using a firm tone in your voice with your commands? Dogs need to hear that in your voice. For some reason, it raises their ears and gets them to focus on what you are saying. Also, only use one to two word phrases for your commands. Simple phrases are much easier for your dog to comprehend.

Are you hitting your dog? This is not a question that many people will want to answer, but think about it. If you were to be hit, would you want to listen and do what the person says afterwards? Punishment is acceptable, but hitting is not. Actually, the more you hit your dog, the more he is just going to be afraid of you and if this is what If this is what you want then maybe you shouldn't have gotten a Puggle in the first place. Puggles need love and acceptance not abuse and punishment! If you do decide to punish, trying using a loud newspaper and smacking it on a counter or table and only do so when catching your dog doing something in the act that they shouldn't be doing.

Remember, training takes time and the journey may seem long, but the rewards in the end are much greater!
About the Author
Christy Taylor, author, is the proud owner of her very own Puggle. She is also an in house breeder. For more information on Puggles visit her website at http://www.pugglehugs.com
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