If you’re one of the 3.2 million households that has added a furry member to your family, you may be working on some training techniques! Our We Love Pets Reading West’s director, Amy Pearson, is an experienced dog trainer, and has several tips for getting your dog to take treats gently.
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If you're a new puppy owner, it's important to teach your puppy the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviours in and around the house, and the earlier you start, the better! We Love Pets Reading West's director, Amy Pearson, suggests using house lines to train your pup, here's how they can help:
The cue 'Leave' is another one of the important fundamental skills we teach our puppies. It is basically teaching your puppy that if you come away from whatever you are doing, you will be rewarded. The Leave cue is for situations like dropping medicine on the floor, accidentally leaving chocolate in sniffing range, passing something smelly but delectable to your dog, and passing livestock or other animals.
The Give cue is another essential cue that puppies need to learn early on. We need to teach puppies to give up items that they would rather keep, for example; socks, shoes, and tea towels! This may sound like an impossible task but if done right it's quite easy. The key to this is showing your puppy that giving something up is actually worthwhile.
If your puppy knows how to stand on command, he will not be as stressed in certain situations as he would be if you had to hold him in position, or were asking him to do something he is not familiar with. Much like with us, situations are a lot less stressful when you know what to do. You can teach your puppy to stand by following these easy steps.
Sit is the first command we want to teach our new puppies. Sit is the basis for a lot of great things, it can be used in many situation when you need your puppy to focus its attention and behave in a calm way. For example, saying hi to new people, crossing roads, waiting patiently for dinner and when entering or leaving the house.
Toilet training your puppy will take time and patience but if you are consistent, reward pups for going outside and ignore him if he makes a mistake, you can establish a good routine.