Educating your puppy is important because it is the best security for you and your dog. The sooner you start training him, the easier it will be for your dog to learn. You can start as soon as he arrives in his new family, from 2 months.
For example, if your dog runs away on a walk and you’ve taught him to recall, you’ll have no trouble getting him back before it’s too late. Of course, there are dogs with behavioral issues. If this is your case, a canine behaviorist can help you. But before you panic, you should know that dog training is hard work. Do not be discouraged!
In our experience, it is much easier to teach your dog the right things from the start than to correct the bad habits he will inevitably develop if you don’t train him.
Be patient and regular!
Learning will require patience and regularity, indeed it will not always be perfect, but do not be frustrated and do not blame your dog. Adjust your behavior and attitude to encourage your dog’s ability and confidence to learn. If you’re in a calm mood, your dog will usually be too.
Each dog is different, depending on its breed, the stimuli it receives from its environment, its experiences, and also the people who take care of it. Even within the same litter, we can see puppies of very different natures (dominant, submissive, enterprising, investigative, fearful, etc.). This diversification leads to different teaching methods and it is, therefore, necessary to be vigilant by training “do it yourself” because this could “ruin” the nature of the dog and even compromise the bases of a good education.
The 3 important points for the education of your dog:
1- The reward
Rewarding your puppy every time he does something good is an important part of his training. Indeed, dogs will quickly learn to repeat actions that lead to rewards.
You can reward your pup with treats, toys, games, and cuddles! While treat training is an effective way to get your pup to obey commands, it’s important not to overuse this method, so your dog doesn’t just comply with food.
Also, it’s important to remember that treats increase your dog’s daily calorie intake.
2- Do not reprimand
It’s important to realize that dogs don’t understand cause and effect the way humans do. Getting mad at your pup for doing something wrong isn’t effective because the dog probably won’t even remember what he did.
Warning: Not only does the punishment create unnecessary stress in the dog, but the dog who is reprimanded is more at risk of biting.
Sticking to a routine gives your pup much-needed structure to feel safe in their new, unfamiliar surroundings. This means that your pup’s walking, walking, eating, and sleeping times should all be done at the same time each day. Walking your pup at the same time each day is also extremely helpful for potty training, as your dog will learn that he can go during those set, well-defined times.
Education is not just teaching your dog, it’s also gaining confidence in your dog and building strong bonds with him!