Three New Puppy Training Mistakes to Avoid
Puppy training is an important part of adding a new furry member to your family. Making sure that your training sessions reinforce the right behaviors, though, can be more difficult than it might seem at first. If you are new to having a puppy in your house, ask your veterinarian for puppy training tips. We have two locations in the north Dallas are that can help with this. As you move forward with your new puppy, keep the following guidelines in mind so you can enjoy better puppy training outcomes.
First Mistake: Getting Impatient or Upset
Would you expect a toddler to learn a new behavior after a single try? Of course not. Likewise, you should also give your puppy leeway to make mistakes while learning. As frustrating as it may be when your puppy has accidents in the house or chews on the furniture, it can be detrimental to his training if you yell at him because of it. Instead, use a calm, firm voice whenever you train your puppy so that he never associates fear with the behaviors you are teaching him.
Another Mistake: Training Only at Home
When your puppy is small, it makes sense that you may keep him in the house most of the time. However, if you restrict his training sessions to home, he may not make the correct command associations when you take him for a walk or to the animal clinic. Plus, puppies just love to explore the new world around them. When you are out and about with your puppy, practice your commands in many different locations and scenarios so that he learns to follow your instructions no matter where he might be.
One More Error: Overusing Food Rewards
Sometimes, the only way to get the attention of a high-energy puppy is with a treat. When you first begin your training sessions, food rewards can prove extremely useful for helping your pet focus and follow your commands. Should you use only treats as recognition for good behavior, though, he may come to expect them each time you tell him to sit or stay. Ultimately we want or dogs to follow our commands to please us, or for their own safety, not just because a food reward might be coming. So very the rewards as time passes. Excitable verbal praise or a brief back scratch can be just as effective at helping your puppy learn new instructions.
If your puppy or dog is having trouble following your commands, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can help. Call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas at (972) 239-1309 to speak with one of our friendly representatives about puppy training. We offer behavioral consultations for our Preston Road Animal Hospital and Meadow Brook Animal Hospital patients.
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