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Puppies are cute, so humans will often let them get away with behaviors that would not be desirable when they are older. However, to get a well-behaved adult dog, you must begin training your puppy as soon as you get him. Puppies learn well through consistency so start early and stick to your ways. When your dog is an adult, most of the hard training will be done.
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Socializing your puppy
Puppies can start learning as early as 4 to 5 weeks of age. This is the best time to Expose your puppy to lots of different stimuli. From the time your puppy starts to get scared around 14 to 16 weeks of age, introduce your puppy to lots of people and animals and expose him to different places and things, such as sledding and bicyclists. Teach your puppy not to nip on people and to sit politely for petting.
Behavioral training puppy
Puppies are new to the human world and need to be taught how to live by our rules. Once you get your puppy home, you should start teaching him where to go to the bathroom and other simple household rules. For example, a puppy will want to chew on everything. Start teaching him what he can chew by teaching a command such as “leave it” and redirect him to an appropriate chew toy. Teach him how to interact with family members by sitting instead of jumping up.
From 6 to 8 weeks of age, the pups are eager to learn commands and proper behaviour. Begin your training program at this age because when your baby is 6 to 8 months old, they start to transition into a teenager. Bad behaviors may reappear at this time. Stay consistent in your training. By 12 to 18 months of age, the dog will display more adult-like behavior.
Types of training
Don’t use harsh punishments with a puppy. They do not disobey on purpose. They do not understand. Instead, decide on your own rules and implement them consistently. For example, to teach your puppy not to jump, and to ignore when he jumps on you. When he stands or sits in front of you, praise and reward with petting or treats. If she does this every time, she will understand that she only gets attention when she’s not jumping around.
Puppies have a short attention span, so keep training sessions short and fun. Reward with praise followed by treats or toys. Praise always first. This will help you get rid of treat rewards later. As your dog gets older, you can start to expect more. Many obedience and therapy organizations recommend waiting until 6 months of age to begin advanced training. At 6 months of age, your puppy can focus longer and can expect to “stay” longer or pay attention in more distracting environments.