Three Things You Never Knew About Training Your Puppy

Training a puppy is something that seems pretty straightforward, but is actually somewhat difficult to do well. It takes some insight into the mind of a puppy to really train them well, not just throwing commands to them. If you’re starting out on the process, here’s a look at three things you never knew about training a puppy.

There Should Be No Name Calling

It’s a general rule that you shouldn’t use your puppy’s name during training, at least not in a negative way. Why? Pet training experts say that your dog should never have a negative connotation with their name. That means that during training, it’s fine to use the word no, but don’t say, “No, Fido!” Your dog should always want to come running when they hear their name, and using it in a negative tone could cause them to be hesitant. They’ll quickly get confused if sometimes their name is good, but sometimes it’s bad. This is especially useful in a situation where you have a dog that’s running for danger (like a busy road). A dog that quickly comes when its name is called, no matter the circumstance, it what your ultimately after.

Training Should Start From Day One

It’s a commonly held belief that puppy training shouldn’t start until about two months of age. It is true that it takes until about seven or eight weeks of age for a puppy to master commands like sit and stay, but general obedience training should begin immediately according to experts like canine guru Cesar Millan. A puppy begins learning as soon as they come into the world, so they might as well be learning good habits.

Repetition Is Not the Key

Watch someone trying to train a dog, and you’ll likely see a scenario that plays out with the owner saying, “Sit… sit… sit… sit…” until the puppy plops its rear down. The only problem with this is that the  puppy may start to think that the command for sit really is “Sit… sit… sit… sit…” and that the proper response is sitting down after the fourth time. This is a very difficult habit for owners to overcome, but one that could make training immensely easier.

Of course, even if you take all these tips into account, obedience training can still be a little overwhelming. That’s why it’s often best to enlist the help of a professional trainer. A pro puppy trainer likely has years of experience, and knows exactly how to deal with any canine personality. With a little help from the professionals, you’ll be on the way to having a perfectly trained puppy in no time. Contact a business, such as Levenson Barb Dog Training Centers, for more information about dog training.     

Getting Your Dog To Cooperate At Bath Time

Bathing your dog is an essential part of any grooming regimen. Some dogs do not like taking a bath and if your dog is one of them then you will have to find creative ways to get your pet to take a bath. Here are a few tips you can use to get your dog to be more accommodating at bath time.

Make Pleasant Connections

If your dog runs away or hides when they know it is time for a bath then it is time for you to get your dog to connect bath time with happy times. You can do this by always offering your dog a tasty treat right after bath time. You can also have a new chew toy ready to give them right after a bath. Play fetch or go to the park right after bath time so that your dog can start associating bath time with these fun activities.

Train Your Dog Ahead Of Time

Practice makes perfect, so one of the best things you can do is to get your dog to practice going in and out of a tub beforehand. Place a rubber mat in the tub if you use the one in your bathroom, this will prevent your dog from sliding. Throw a treat into the empty tub and instruct your dog to get in. After your dog gets into the tub and eats the treat, you can give them another treat for staying in the tub. Repeat this practice when the actual bath time comes around.

Use A Friendly Shampooing Strategy

Place some cotton in your dog’s ears to prevent water and shampoo from getting into them. Water in the ears may get your dog agitated and prevent them from cooperating during a bath. Use a washcloth to shampoo and clean your dog’s face gently, this will give you more control over the shampoo and prevent it from getting into your pets eyes and nose. Once you have shampooed your dog’s entire body, use a pitcher to pour water over them in the tub, use your hand to gently rub the dog as you pour the water on them. This strategy has two effects, it removes the shampoo while allowing you to gently rub and soothe your pet.

Getting a dog who hates baths to cooperate at bath time requires some planning but getting your pet clean and fresh makes the effort worthwhile.

To learn more, contact a dog grooming company like South Tampa Puppy Palace