Having a new furry friend around can certainly liven up your home. Seeing them bounce around and play with their tennis ball will always bring a smile to your face. However, while puppies need physical stimulation, they need discipline as well. But training a puppy can be very difficult, especially if you’re a first-time dog owner.
Here’s how to get your puppy trained while keeping your home in one piece.
What is puppy training?
Puppy training is simple; it’s to keep your young pooch under control and keep them out of trouble. While this is the main goal, puppy training can be more than obedience training. Puppy training also includes teaching tricks, house breaking and not to eat other people’s food. The list of puppy training is wide, which opens the door for many options.
Pay Attention to Their Behavior
Regardless of how you plan to train your puppy, you need to keep your eye on them. Obviously, training your puppy means stopping certain behaviors. Determine what behaviors your puppy is exhibiting and what you want to put a stop to. This includes non-stop barking, eating items that’s not food, begging and going to the bathroom in the house.
Remember that while these behaviors are irritating, it is a puppy you’re dealing with. Puppies are able to be disciplined a lot easier than adult dogs.
Watch Out For Signs
Puppies can exhibit one of two signs; aggression and submission. Some puppies like to think they are the boss. As a result, they’ll start showing signs of aggression such as harsh barking, growling and their hair starts to stand up. You need to get it through their head that you’re the alpha, not them.
Puppies who show signs of submission is also something you need to avoid. This means that they’re extremely skittish and fearful, which can lead to aggression. Puppies who are submissive usually lack confidence or they have an overwhelming sense of fear. Either way, it’s your responsibility to help your puppy out of it. If they’re left this way, puppies will bring this into their adult life.
Training a puppy is vastly similar to raising a child. Both require care and your undivided attention during their formative years. But if you’re struggling with puppy training, there’s no harm in asking for a professional’s help.