Tips on Training Your Dog or Puppy

puppyPuppies have short attention spans, so keep training sessions for every behavior brief—no more than a few minutes at a time per behavior.

Is your dog a habitual leash-puller on walks? Try using a no-pull harness or head halter designed to reduce pulling.

Remember the three-second rule: Dogs connect a “good dog!” to what they did within three seconds before the praise occurred.

Does your puppy growl at strangers? Your puppy is uncomfortable. Remove your puppy from the situation and seek help from a dog trainer or behaviorist.

Housetraining takes patience. Ensure you set up a training schedule based on your puppy/dog’s needs. Show where potty should take place and stick to your routine.

When training your dog, treats are a must. Training treats should be small, soft, smell delicious and, of course, be exciting for your dog.

Don’t give up! Consistency and patience are two main components of successful training and creating appropriate habits.

Not a fan of doggie kisses? When your dog attempts to lick your face, redirect her to a sit or another preferred behavior or get up and walk away.

Wondering what’s so great about a crate? For starters, a crate can protect your pup and your home when you can’t be there to supervise. Introduce a crate in a positive and rewarding way; Hide yummy treats or place a food stuffed toy inside.

Chewing is a natural behavior for puppies and dogs. Offer appropriate chew toys to satisfy this need, promote oral health and curb boredom.

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