On Training Puppies

There are many puppies for sale in San Diego and there are just as many new pet owners who are baffled by their pup’s behavior—they poop, chew, bark, whine, and dig everywhere. The primary thing to do after bringing home a new puppy is to train it so as to get him or her off to the best start in life.

Puppy training generally falls under two major categories: behavioral training (correcting bad habits) and obedience training (obeying simple one-word commands like sit, heel, or stay). Puppy house training, crate training, puppy socialization, leash training, and basic obedience covers key tasks that need to be addressed early on when training a puppy.

The most important thing to remember when training a puppy is to always use positive reinforcement. Use lots of encouragement, praise, and rewards to motivate your pup to obey simple commands and to develop desirable habits in him or her.

Moreover, short and consistent training sessions work best for puppies. Like small children, they get bored easily so be sure to keep trainings fun for them as well. Scheduling ten to fifteen minute sessions two to three times a day should be enough. You can also train your dogs before meals so that they will consider their meal as a reward after training.

Finally, be realistic, flexible, patient, and always be fair during training sessions. Your puppy does not automatically know what to do during trainings and you have to understand that. Repeat commands many times if needed but keep the tone of frustration out of your voice. Always follow up good behavior with praise, food treats, or affection to motivate your puppy to do better.