Puppy behavior problems, 3 steps to perfect puppy behavior training
Have you ever wished you could just give your puppy a pill and get rid of all those annoying puppy behavior problems that turn up when you attempt to train puppy to be obedient? Of course, such a puppy training pill doesn’t exist. What does exist, however, are tried and true training methods for getting rid of puppy behavior problems like dog potty problems and other behavioral issues. These are the three steps you need to take in order to have perfect puppy behavior:
Start Puppy Training Early: Very often the mistake that is made by the typical puppy owner is to wait too long before beginning training. Puppy behavior problems can develop very quickly and it is best to take a proactive approach to not let those puppy behaviors begin in the first place.
Obviously you can’t expect perfect behavior at the tender age of eight weeks or twelve weeks of age but there are several things that you can start training right away. Begin puppy housebreaking the moment you bring your young dog home. Make sure to supervise your puppy by using a leash or a crate so that he can’t develop bad habits. Dog potty issues are not fun to fix as the dog matures, it is best to avoid them from occurring in the first place.
You can also begin to train puppy manners. These are things like teaching your dog to not jump, nip, chew, etc. The more your puppy does these behaviors when he is young the more reinforced they become. Be firm but fair in teaching your pup to be respectful of your home and family.
Just because your puppy is young doesn’t mean that you can’t start obedience training. Use a lot of positive reinforcement to teach your dog to sit, lie down, stay, come when called and walk on a leash. If you can begin to ingrain these ideas into your pup it will be much easier to train puppy as he gets older.
Socialize Your Dog Properly: Many puppy behavior problems occur because dogs aren’t socialized properly. There are three main things to remember when socializing your dog: 1- Volume- You want your new puppy to meet a great deal of new and different people, dogs, children, and things. 2- Variety- Not only should your puppy be socialized to a lot of things, but he should meet a big variety of things and people as well. 3- Control- Many people understand the concept that they should socialize their dog but few people understand that socialization should be done in a controlled fashion. Control the types of people and dogs that your dog meets. If you don’t control the types of things your dog meets you risk your dog having bad experiences. Bad experiences can lead to fear issues and fear can lead to aggression. Expect Great Things From Your Puppy: I often encounter puppy owners who make excuses for their puppy behavior problems. As they begin puppy training they can often be heard to say that, “Oh, it’s okay. He’s just a puppy, he’ll grow out of it.” Very rarely do puppies grow out of behavior problems. More often these puppy behavior problems grow and develop to become worse and worse.
Your puppy isn’t going to be perfectly trained tomorrow, but he can definitely be better tomorrow than he is today. Expect daily improvement and train accordingly. Don’t make the excuse that your dog is just a puppy so behavior problems are okay. They aren’t okay and shouldn’t be treated as such.
If you can have these ideas in mind when you engage in puppy training you will find yourself capable of ridding yourself of puppy behavior problems in no time.