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The Top 8 Training Tips that Work with all Dog Breeds

by Jennie Campbell


    Unless you are one of the lucky kids who grew up around dogs, getting a new puppy home is always exciting irrespective of your age. But before the pup is actually home, we forget to plan a lot of course of actions in the anticipation and happiness. Once the puppy is finally home, the hassle begins.

    1. Choose a particular name for your boy or girl.

    Choose the name wisely and stick to it from the very first day. We don’t mind if you decide to call your dog “Fish”, but make sure he understands that it’s his name. Choose simple, monosyllabic names that end with a strong consonant.

    If you are adopting him from the shelter he is already used to his name else if you are adopting from Facebook communities or via Craigslist then you need to choose a name. It is better to stick to his old name in case you are adopting a puppy from a shelter. Frequently changing names can baffle dogs.

    The main aim should be to use a positive tone while calling his or her name. They should be able to associate their own name with other happy things in life like, “treat”, “cookie” or “walk”.

    2. You must have house rules.

    Is he allowed on your bed? Is he allowed on the couch? Can he sleep on the new rug? These are the things you need to decide among your family before your new guest arrives. It is necessary to avoid all confusion that may arise from one member encouraging the puppy to sleep on their bed while others scolding them when the jump up on theirs.

    3. Give him his own “room”.

    It can be an outdoor dog castle or an indoor bed. A dog’s den should be cozy, secure and private where he won’t be bothered by other pets or even family members.

    4. Positive reinforcement always works from an early age.

    Give him a treat when he responds to his own name or give him another when he obeys your command. This way he will associate a feeling of reward with all things that are normally expected from a “good dog”. Even if you want to regulate his sugar intake, you can just pat him on the head and say, “good boy!” to make him understand that his efforts are being appreciated.

    5. Disciplining your dog.

    Dogs cannot associate scolding or anger with tasks they have done days or even hours ago. It is important to keep your new puppy on a close watch to monitor his behavior. Most puppies have a chewing problem when they are teething and the best way to stop them is to discourage them when they are in action. Retrievers, Beagles and Shih Tzus can chew on anything. Every available material on Retriever, Beagle and Shih Tzu breed should be taken into consideration before reinforcing a disciplining procedure. Scolding them later will hardly have any effect as most dogs love to live in the moment.

    6. Control barking.

    Many people think the ideal way to discourage their dogs from barking is by shouting at them. Well, it’s quite the opposite actually. Shouting at a barking puppy only encourages them to keep on and the best way to make them stop is to check the reason, and not give them attention if there is none.

    7. Give them proper toilet training.

    Just like every human baby, the puppy will eat, sleep, play and even throw up and poop. But unlike human babies, you cannot put them in diapers. Firstly because it is simply animal cruelty and secondly because, well, imagine a full-grown German Shepherd roaming your lawns in diapers! Not a very welcome image, is it? So they will need proper toilet training as soon as they are inside that door.

    Start with keeping a regular food schedule for your puppy. It is normal for puppies to go as many times as they eat. Take them out for morning business at a fixed time and take him to the same spot each day to teach him which place is “okay to go”.

    8. Ending training sessions positively.

    If you are mad at your dog or disappointed with his training process, never leave the session with your dog hanging. Always end sessions on a positive note like, “good boy!” and “excellent job”. These encourage them to learn faster and behave better.

    About the Author
    Jennie Campbell is a pet parent of 2 lovely dogs and a cat. She currently lives in Dothan, Alabama with her husband and a son.