It is very exciting getting a new puppy or dog to add to your family. Good communication between you and your dog will build a strong relotionship for life. To help you get started we’ve popped together some ideas on how to train a new puppy or dog.
As with humans, dogs will use their body language to communicate with other dogs. We must learn to interpret their body language and pick up on these signals. By doing this it will enable you to teach your puppy or dog the right way to do things.
First lesson to teach your puppy or dog
The first thing you should be teaching your puppy or dog is to sit or be calm before they interact with people. They need to learn to wait to be greeted. Contrary to the old saying, you can teach any dog to sit at any age as long as you practice often and your teaching methods are fun and kept short and sweet. lf you find your pet is doing something that is not acceptable, you can try to interrupt the behaviour by using their name or making on unusual sound to distract them from the unwanted behaviour. We must remember to reword good behaviour and not focus on the bad behaviour. Ignoring them when they are behaving badly can be a very powerful tool and praising them with attention when they are behaving well.
How to train a puppy or dog to not jump
If you find your pet is jumping up on you when they see you, then you should cross your arms and turn your head away without speaking. When they do finally sit, then you can reward them with attention or a treat. Puppy Preschool can be a great way to put your dog on the right track. We are planning to start puppy school at our clinic Feburary 2024. More information will be avoilable on all our social media soon.
We hope these tips on how to train a new puppy or dog helps set your new family member on the right path! Patience is key. When your patience runs out, stop training and try again later or tomorrow.