Most people tend to have erroneous beliefs about puppy training. Some think it’s overly hard while others think it’s a piece of cake. The thing is, it is usually both. There will be days when your puppy will find a particular lesson easy to learn while there will also be days, when your puppy’s in a bad mood – yes, they do get moody, too – and it will refuse to cooperate at all. However, what you should always keep in mind that puppy training is not impossible. You just need the following characteristics to make it happen:
Never lose your temper with your pup. It is not constructive to say the least and does not benefit either you or your pup. Also, it’s unfair as your pup can’t exactly lose its temper with you, can it? Remember that you and your pups are basically communicating in two different languages. It takes time for you to effectively communicate with each other, and your pup won’t learn any faster if you just keep shouting at it out of frustration.
This is different from patience in the sense that it also requires you to never give up on puppy training. You must keep on trying because repetition is one of the most successful methods for training a pup. It doesn’t matter what lesson you’re trying to teach.
Here is another key to success when it comes to training your pup. You cannot afford to be lazy on some days and then diligent on others. If you want your pup to learn more easily instead of stressing and tiring it out with every lesson, you must come up with a training schedule and stick to it.
Your pup may bark and you may talk but that does not mean you can’t empathize with each other. It’s why pups whimper when you’re in distress and they try to comfort you with their presence. They can sense your sadness and they do what they can to get you out of your funk. The same should be said for pet owners. Your instincts will tell you when your pup just doesn’t feel like training today and if so, you shouldn’t force it to. Remember: the most successful puppy training sessions are those when your pet is also enjoying itself!
More to the point – you must know how to have fun and, as mentioned earlier, make your pet enjoy puppy training as well. You must think of creative ways to potty-train your dog or teach it social skills when in the company of humans or other dogs. Being serious all the time can only make your dog fear you, which definitely won’t help anyone.
You must learn to appreciate every little thing your dog does. Rewards don’t always have to be material in nature because you could end up spoiling it rotten. In which case, you could end up with a dog that is used to getting it way and doesn’t understand that no means no. This kind of dog will be an embarrassment and you don’t want that, do you?
If you have all the traits above then congratulations! Your puppy training will surely be a success!