How To Train A Puppy To Behave

Training a puppy can be difficult for many people. You are not alone! The good news is that there are some easy steps you can take to train your puppy in no time at all. All it takes is patience, consistency, and the right techniques.

Find a good time to start training your puppy

Puppies are like sponges. They can be trained to do almost anything, but you’ve got to start young! There is no “best” time to train a puppy because every individual pup has different needs and learning rates.

It’s important that your dog learn not just the basics (come, sit) but also more complex tasks such as “stay” or performing tricks on cue. Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy answer for when it best starts training your puppy – because every puppy learns differently! Some puppies need lots of repetition before they get what’s being asked of them while others pick up new skills quickly right away. The only way to know if your particular breed/p will adapt well is to start training when they’re young.

If you can, 15 weeks is a great time to train your puppy because it’s between the age where most dogs are fully vaccinated and at an age where he or she won’t outgrow certain behaviors too quickly. This isn’t always possible for everyone who has a new pet though! If that sounds like you don’t worry – any old dog can learn new tricks with enough patience! Just remember if you do choose to wait until later in the puppy stage be sure to work on those basic skills early so as not to give up hope mid-way through teaching them more complex tasks.

In addition, puppies have tons of energy so find something appropriate for their age level instead of trying to teach older dogs new tricks.

Start with small tasks that are easy for the puppy

Basic commands like sit, stay, and come are a good place to start. These can be taught with a little bit of patience and the right training method for your puppy’s personality type.

  • Sit – ask the puppy to sit by using his name followed by “sit” then give him a treat once he follows through
  • Stay – say “stay” as you hold your hand in front of his face making sure not to move it from its position until he stays still on command
  • Come – use this when they begin wandering too far or chasing an animal around the yard so that they will run back towards you rather than continue running away from you

Repeat these commands as often as possible until they learn to follow through on a command. The repetition will train them to respond quickly and without hesitation whenever you use one of the words

If you have a small puppy, it’s important to start with easy tasks that are perfect for their size and personality type so if he gets overwhelmed or tired easily then choose something else instead. Remember: even though puppies don’t understand English yet, they do pick up tone which means your voice can be soothing when trying to train him but stern at other times such as mealtime where it might mean “drop what is in your mouth this instant” or maybe just keep playing around because I’m not feeding you right now”.

Use food as a reward

Training your puppy can be a very rewarding experience. Just like humans, dogs need to train the basics such as our name and how to behave around food. However, it is important not to use food for every single thing you train them because they will become reliant on it. This means that if your dog doesn’t get any treats then he won’t do what you want him to! Instead of making training into one big game try splitting up all the things you are trying to teach them into small achievable tasks so giving rewards each time becomes much easier than before. Training should always be about having fun with your pet rather than leaving both of you frustrated at their lack of understanding so remember this when creating training sessions or attempting things like recall.

Recall is one of the most important training you can teach your puppy because if they get out into traffic and don’t come back when called then there will be no coming home! This should always be attempted in a safe area so leave your dog on the lead while attempting this train simply to ensure their safety at all times. Make sure he knows his name by using it every time you call him over but never use treats as motivation until he understands what ‘come here’ means. Once he does respond quickly with lots of praise before giving them some food for good timing, try calling them without any treats just to see if they remember how well done they are for listening to their name rather than the food.

Don’t use physical punishment or yelling

Don’t use physical punishment or yelling at your puppy. Instead, train them with food and rewards to be obedient. This will train the dog not only to behave better but also to respect their owner more.

Dogs can learn many new tricks if they are trained properly, especially when using positive reinforcement like treats or pets as a reward for good behavior. Training should always begin at an early age because it is easier to train dogs while they’re young than older which means that you’ll want to get started right away! You don’t need any special training equipment just some patience and time on your hands since this process does take time so stick with it until you see results! The most important thing though is consistency in training, meaning that every single member of the family needs to use these techniques and not just one person.

Praise your pup when they get things right

When training your puppy, you should praise them when they do something right. Your pup will learn to associate the desired action with receiving praise from their owner and will be eager to please to receive this positive reinforcement.

If you train your dog using a small bag of treats for every good behavior, then you must have some on hand at all times so that whenever there is an opportunity for a reward, one can be given immediately. This way, the treat reinforces what was just done while giving them a bit of incentive not only during training sessions but also any time good things happen around the house or outside as well.

Adding treats into daily walks where there are opportunities to stop and smell trees or check out other dogs is a great way to train your dog and reinforce the behaviors you want them to exhibit.

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Dr. Jacob Hawthorne, DVM

Dr. Jacob Hawthorne, DVM is a certified veterinarian who graduated from the University of California - Davis Veterinary School in 2012. He specializes in nutrition and veterinary medicine for companion animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, and more. He has been featured in websites such as PetMD, Yahoo News, Hills Pet, Daily Paws, and more. Learn more about Dr. Jacob Hawthorne, DVM.

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