How excited are you to a see your new furry buddy in your house! They will melt you with their cuteness and curiosity and no doubt they will fill your life up with infinite amounts of joy and love. We as pet parents have a few duties towards our little ones, apart from providing them with good food, shelter, and love. Proper training and socialization are very important for your furball. From learning how to walk on a leash properly to not peeing indoors, dogs need to be taught and trained well. The younger they are the better, just like humans, dogs also learn and assimilate things better at a younger age. This does not mean that older dogs cannot be trained. If you have adopted an older dog you can still train them in a very effective way.
Training a dog can be intimidating at first but once you get a hang of it, you and your dog will be able to happily sail through the entire training process. Not only will you be training your dog, you will also be creating and strengthening the bond you have with them.
House training is a must for all dogs that live indoors, even for dogs that stay outdoors or on a farm. It is important that your dog knows how to behave indoors, and be aware of where they can and cannot eliminate. This is also one of the first things that you should work with on your dogs. It can be started as soon as you bring them home. The process might get a bit tiring and requires patience. Very young puppies cannot control their bladder, accidents are prone to happen. Here are a few tips for you to help you house train your dog-
- Set a schedule- Consistency is key. Create a timetable for them and follow it on a daily basis. From waking up and taking them out at a particular time to feeding them at a set time. Over time this will help your dog anticipate the time and go based on the schedule.
- Check for signs- If you see your puppy or dog pacing around, sniffing and going in circles, it’s time for them to relieve themselves. If you see this behavior, let them out. If you catch them defecating indoors then give them a firm “no” and take them out. This will make them realize that they have to go out to do their business.
- Use specific words- Use specific words like “outside”, “time to go” etc. This will help your dog learn it as a command. Another trick you can use to make your puppy go outside is by taking to the same spot daily. The odor of that area will encourage them to urinate or defecate.
All dogs need to learn how to walk with a leash on. No matter how friendly your dog is, there are times where a dog has to be on a leash for the safety of others as well as themselves. Introduce them to a leash and teach them how to walk with it properly. Here are a few tips to help you leash train your dog-
- Start in a closed area- It is better to first introduce the leash to your little one in an enclosed area before you start walking around with them outside. Let them smell the leash and get a good feel of it being tied around their collar. This will help them acclimatize to a leash.
- Stop and go- This is very important as this will prevent your dog from pulling on the leash. If you feel like your dog is pulling on the leash, immediately stop and do not move. It is important for the leash to be given a slight slack. This is called loose leash training. Do not let your dog move if they are pulling at the ends, move only when they have given the leash enough slack.
- Practice- This is an important skill for your dog to learn, thus keep practicing until it becomes a habit for them. Practice daily for at least 10 minutes so that your little one gets comfortable walking around with a leash
Training with treats
Make training rewarding for them. Food is a great motivator for dogs thus it becomes a good tool for obedience training. Training involves a lot of communication between dogs and humans, this may seem straightforward, but we don’t communicate the same way. Thus using something like food which is so primal to them as a motivator becomes very effective. This would make learning complicated tasks easier for them.
Use dog training treats to reward good behavior but remember to not turn treats into a bribe. It can be used to get your dogs attention, but slowly start using them less and less. You don’t want your dog obeying commands only when you have a treat. During the training process, a lot of treats will be consumed by your little one. Thus it is advisable to get healthy dog treats, not only will they act as yummy treats but also add nutritional value to their diet.
Basic Commands and Tricks
Here are a few basic commands and tricks that you can teach your furry buddy-
This is one of the easier tricks to teach your little one. All you have to do is take a treat close to their nose, hold your hand up so that their head follows the treat and their lower body goes into ‘sit’ position. Do this while you give the ‘sit’ command. Give them a treat afterward. Continue and practice, your little one will learn this very fast.
This simple command will help you keep your dog out of trouble. Sometimes dogs do not respond to their name being called as they get too excited, fearful or nervous. In such times this command will be able to alert them and make them come back. All you have to do is tie a leash, hold it and go down to their level. Say the command come and pull slightly, this will make them come towards you. Reward them with a treat when they do. Practice this with consistency and they will learn in no time.
Before you attempt this command, teach your dog how to sit. Ask your dog to sit, once he sits show them the palm of your hand and say ‘stay’ while moving two steps backward. If they stay reward them with a treat. Increase the number of steps you take every time and see how quickly your little one grasps this command.