Has a new puppy joined your household? Congratulations on your new addition! You’re in for lots of tail wags and adorable moments over the next few months. One of the most important aspects of raising a well-mannered and well-adjusted puppy is proper training. But how do you make your puppy’s training stick? You don’t want to waste time in training your puppy only for your hard work to go to waste.
Use these simple tips to make your puppy’s training last a lifetime:
The first and most obvious way to make little Fido’s training stick is to keep it up over the course of their puppyhood. You can’t expect to train your furry friend for a week and then have them be set for life. If your puppy isn’t reminded of their commands and put through their paces, they’ll forget it! Of course, you’ll want to keep up with commands and training as your puppy enters adulthood, too. It’s simply the best way to make sure you have a well-trained dog on your hands throughout life.
Be consistent with your language, hand signals, tone, etc. as you work on training your puppy. If you’re not, he or she will get confused. You can’t tell your puppy to “sit down” one day and then command him to “sit” the next. Make sure that all of the members of the family agree on the exact phrasing and tone of your puppy’s commands. This consistency is crucial to making little Fido’s training stick!
Dogs tend to respond much better to positive reinforcement than they do negative reinforcement. Praising your pup for a good deed is both more powerful and more effective than reprimanding them for a bad one. That’s not to say you can never tell little Fido “No.” You should, and it’s a key part of training. Just remember that reinforcing good behavior with treats and praise tends to have a more lasting effect than punishment or verbal reprimands.
You don’t have to tackle the journey of your puppy’s training alone if you don’t want to. Professional dog trainers and animal behaviorists specialize in this sort of thing, and they can make the process much easier. Ask your vet about training options near you, and do some research online. The time and effort will be well worth it!
Call your vet for more insight into puppy training.