Pups are absolutely adorable—no argument there; however, these high-energy four-legged fur balls are also a lot of work. Although obedience training doesn’t sound like the most exciting part of your newfound friendship, it is definitely an essential task. If Fido is going to be your partner in crime, he’s going to have to learn the ropes!
The Precise team has three tips to keep your pup’s tail wagging through obedience training:
Consistency: Repetition is the key to success when training your newest furry friend. When teaching them a new trick, it is important to repeat the same commands, tones and gestures each time, so your pup doesn’t get confused. Once your pup has mastered a new trick, be sure to exercise the skill often—practice makes perfect.
Confidence: When instructing your dog make sure they can hear the confidence in your voice and feel it in your actions. Dogs need to understand that you are in charge, not them. Make your words sharp and your actions purposeful. Following a successful execution of a command, be sure to use an uplifting and encouraging tone to congratulate your pet, reinforcing their good behavior.
Reward: Be sure to give your furry friend some incentive. We recommend giving our Healthy Habits treats a try! Your furry friend wants to make you happy, so make sure you’re being generous with your affection. Don’t be afraid to praise and treat your pet after mastering a command. Rewarding proper behavior will make your pup more likely to repeat the command. Also, be sure that you are only rewarding behavior you wish to see again.
Keep in mind that a puppy has a similar mentality to a small child. Just as you would expect children to make mistakes as they learn, you should prepare for your pup to have a few hiccups too. Pups tend to have fairly short attention spans, so it is important to keep training sessions short. Begin with the basic commands necessary for the pup to behave properly in social settings such as, sit, stay, come, drop, and heel. Once they have mastered those, you can move on to the fun stuff. They’ll be greeting your guests with a pawshake in no time!
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