Bringing a new puppy into your home and life is a great idea but you should realize that dogs are separate species and very different from humans. They have their own special needs and natural instincts. Therefore, preparing your furry friend for a lifetime of good behavior will need time and patience, but it’s worth it.
Teaching great skills to your puppies is important for reasons more than one. It not only teaches dogs to exercise self control but also helps them to become more obedient.
Here are some of the great things you need to teach your dogs:
1. House Training :
House training is all about positive reinforcement. According to experts, you should begin house training your pooches at an early age when they have enough control over their bladder and bowel movements. Hence, it will be easier for them to hold it.
You need to keep in mind a few important steps before training your dogs. For instance, when you’re just starting to house train your puppies, you will have to limit their access to other parts of the house, which can mean closing off doors to bedrooms or crate-training so that they have their own space.
You also need to set a routine. Dogs are creatures of habit. Therefore, by feeding your dogs at the same time every day and training them to use the washroom at a fixed time, you can condition them to“go” at set times each day. Reward them everytime they use the designated spot. Dogsee chew offers yummy and healthy treats that can work wonders to lure dogs to learn these actions faster.
2. Sit and Stay:
If you need your puppies to just chill out while you take care of something, you can put them in a ‘sit’ position. To train your dogs in this position, first, start in a spot that’s familiar to your dogs. Stand right in front of your puppy and maintain eye contact so that he/she is focused on you. Then with a treat in your hand, ask them to sit or lie down.
If your dog holds the position for a second or two, praise and give him/her the treat. Repeat the process and this time make your dog hold the position for a few seconds longer before you give the treat.
Once your furry friend start responding, then add the verbal cue. Ask your pooch to sit down and then tell him/her to ‘stay’, holding your hand in the ‘stop’ position. Offer a treat if your dog is able to hold the position for a second or two. Repeat the sequence, gradually taking on a second or so each time to ask for a longer stay.
3. Come when called:
To teach your furry friends a recall command can be a bit challenging. However, rewards might work wonders. Understand that your dog should always associate this action with a good thing.
You can follow these easy steps to teach your dog to come when called:
- First, put your dog on a leash. Then say “come” once and then quickly move backward.
- Then keep moving backward until your dog gets to you
- Once your pooch completes the entire process, say yes and give him/her a treat.
4. Leave It:
The “leave it” command is essential for keeping your dog safe. It’s also a skill that takes time and consistency to master. So, you will have to take gradual steps: First, begin by holding a treat in your closed fist. Then hold your hand out to your dog and say “leave it” in a friendly conversational tone. At first, your pet will sniff the hand, maybe mouth or paw at it. Possibly he/she will bark at you. However, you need to be patient and eventually your furry friend will give up and pull away the treat from your hand. Then immediately say “yes”.
Now you will have to open your fist, then reach out to offer your dog the treat. Put another treat in your hand and repeat the process. About once in every 3-4 repetitions, hold the treat in your open hand and don’t say “leave it”. This helps your dog realize that it’s only when you say “leave it” that he needs to pull away from the treat. If you repeat this on a regular basis, your dog will resist reaching for your hand when he hears the words “leave it”.
Training your dog will not only strengthen your bond with your little furry friend but will also enrich and stimulate your furry friend’s brain. Happy pet parenting!