3 Valuable Puppy Schooling Techniques
You will find as many methods to raise a pup as there are to raising a youngster. Actually, one way per family generally speaking! But most of us agree that when it comes to children, certain things are universal and undisputed. Here are three things that a lot of people just do not think of when it comes to raising their dogs, however. How many times have we heard, “My dog just won’t listen to me”, or “He just won’t behave!”
1. Dogs do not understand English until we teach them.
The thing we all appreciate about puppies the most is the way they live for us, the way they focus all they have on us, the way our lives become theirs. At first, they study us to learn our body language, our facial expressions and our language. Until we teach them the English language, then it’s all they have. If we say, “Want to go out?” one day, “Have to go potty?” the next day, and, “Need a pee?” the third day, once they DO establish what we would like, its simply because we have picked up the leash and moved towards the door with a happy face! In order to speed up his training by three-fold, teach him YOUR language. Pick an order for EACH behavior and stay with it. Tell everyone in your family to use exactly the same words and commands, and your puppy will surprise you at just how much more rapidly he learns.
2. A young puppy’s metabolism is racing along faster than we think.
The younger your puppy is, the more quickly he is growing, the more food and water he needs to fuel his metabolism, and the more frequently he has to go potty. Don’t punish your new puppy when he makes a housebreaking error. These are YOUR fault. Your puppy’s age in weeks and his breed size decide how often he must go out. Once per hour is not too often for a large 6-week old puppy, particularly if it is summertime. Animals get pleasure from the exciting smells outdoors, so there is no excuse to not have him housebroken by 7-8 weeks of age. Right after a snooze, after he eats and after grooming will be the key times, and he will signal you. If he is happily chewing a toy and gets up quickly with his nose to the floor, move quickly! And every time he goes potty outside, praise him to high heaven! “What a good BOYY!”, “GOOD go potty!” and the like. Dogs love our happy faces, and they will do anything to get it.
3. Dogs live for our facial expressions and body language.
Because of this, the worst punishment you ever need to give your dog is a scowl and to turn away from him. You can see his tail fall down and his face get so sad. He will learn the lesson, I guarantee it. But his attention span is only 3-5 minutes, so do not scorn him any longer. Love him up and give him your happy face again. Physical punishment is never necessary. Use consistent commands and loving praise and he will know what you want of him before you know. He will become a master of your body language and facial expressions in no time at all.
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