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Teaching YOUR PUP: Obedience Training Basics

For successful training, practice the following basic training steps with your puppy every day. Keep workout sessions short. Your puppy will dsicover everything as a casino game, so keep him stimulated by changing what he's learning. Do each command for about five minutes and come back to it whenever you can.
Practice the commands in lots of different places - in the living room, garden, hall or kitchen, even out on walks - so that he gets used to giving an answer to you in every types of situations. You should use the click technique to help with other areas of your puppy's training, such as motivating him to stand still for grooming and getting him used to vacationing by car.
Your pup will learn very quickly and respond to love and affection as well as rewards. Obedience training will help build a long lasting bond between the two of you and you'll be rewarded with a happy, well-trained dog.

Table manners

Giving directly into your puppy's every need is wii thing. As your puppy expands, so will his need to assert himself. Puppies often choose mealtimes as a battleground. But offering directly into him is a blunder. You need to make sure he understands that you will not react to his every demand.
Your puppy needs to learn that individuals around him, particularly small kids, can be a bit unpredictable. But he must accept that their unpredictable behavior is not threatening. You are able to help him do that by imitating a child's behavior. Try stepping quickly towards his bowl - then drop in a treat. Softly bump into him, while he's eating, or roll toys close by - anything to cause a distraction, but drop a treat in the bowl to prize him for carrying on to consume calmly. Do that once in awhile, but not at every meal. If your puppy freezes mid-mouthful, growls or glares at you, stop and try again another time. If this proceeds, you need to seek advice from a veterinary behaviorist or qualified dog trainer.

Reading your puppy's body gestures

Dogs have always communicated with one another by using body language. This involves facial expressions, body postures, sounds and scents. Dogs will use their mouth area, eye, ears and tail expressing emotions. By learning how to interpret your puppy's body language, you can interpret your puppy's intentions.

Signals of aggression or submission

If your puppy is feeling brave or aggressive, he'll try to make himself larger by standing tall, along with his ears and tail sticking upright. He'll also press out his chest and improve the locks on his neck and back. He might also growl and influx his tail slowly.
Alternatively, a submissive dog will try to make himself appear small and become a puppy. It is because a grown-up dog will "tell off" a pup but not attack him. Submission will take the form of a sideways crouch near the floor, his tail kept low but wagging away. He might also try to lick the face of the prominent dog or human. He might even move on his back again.

Your puppy's tail

Most of us know that tail wagging is an indicator of friendliness and pleasure, but the tail can indicate other moods, too.
The normal way a cute puppy holds his tail varies from breed to breed but generally speaking, a tail held greater than 45 degrees to the trunk expresses alertness and interest.
In case your puppy's tail is waved slowly and stiffly, that's a manifestation of anger. If it's clamped low over his hindquarters, this means your pet is afraid. An stressed or nervous dog may droop his tail but wag it stiffly.

Your puppy's eyes

In case your dog's eyes are half closed, that's a sign of pleasure or submission, while eye widely open can indicate aggression.
In the wild, dogs stare at one another until one backs down or makes a challenge, which means you should never attempt to outstare your pup, especially if he's nervous.

Your puppy's smile

Submissive dogs and some breeds such as Labradors often open up their mouths in some sort of lop-sided "grin", and indeed, it is an indicator of friendliness. However when lips are drawn back again firmly to bare one's teeth, that's aggression, make no mistake.

Attempting to play

If your puppy wants to try out, he'll raise a paw or bow down and bark to attract attention. Or he might supply a toy, or bound up to another dog to get him to join in a chase.

How your dog sees you

Your puppy will watch you to read your body signals more than he will pay attention to you, and he'll quickly learn what you feel even without you speaking.
If you wish to improve communication with your pup, you can improve upon your own body gestures. For example, crouching down with hands opened out is a welcome indication while towering over him and staring is an indicator of threat.

How your pup learns

Your puppy will learn very quickly, so it's important that he learns how to behave properly right from the start.
Dogs learn by association, so if your pup does something good, incentive him. Then your action is a lot much more likely to be repeated. However the reward must be linked to the action, so he must be rewarded quickly, within another or two. The incentive itself can be considered a few kibbles of puppy food or praise, or both.
Your puppy must be taught what he can and cannot do. Some harmless behaviors can be ignored, but potentially dangerous ones have to be dealt with immediately by interrupting the behavior with a sharpened "no" to get his attention - make sure to praise him when he halts and pays focus on you. Shouting or hitting will not help your pup learn.

Understanding barking and whining


Barking is a totally natural aspect of a dog's behavior, nevertheless, you, your family as well as your neighbors will be happier if you can take it under control.

It's hardly surprising many people have barking issues with their dogs, since most dogs do not know whether barking is something good or bad. That's because our reaction to his barking is complicated to the dog. In his eye, when he barks, he's sometimes ignored, while at other times he is shouted at to stop, and on the other hand he may be motivated to bark if, for example, there's a suspicious stranger nearby.
To help your dog know when barking is acceptable, you simply need to teach him that he may bark until he is told to avoid. "Stop barking" is highly recommended as a control for obedience rather than a telling off.

Start working out by letting your dog bark several times, praise him for sounding the alarm, then say "Stop barking" and hold on a treat before him. Your dog will minimize immediately only if because of the fact that he can't sniff the treat while barking. After a few seconds of quiet, give him the prize. Gradually increase the time from when the barking prevents to the offering of the reward.
If you're worried about excessive barking that you haven't any control over, you should talk to your vet about next steps, such as specialist training or therapy.


In the event that you comfort your puppy whenever he whines, it could actually make things worse. It'll make your pup think he's being praised for whining, and get him in to the habit of repeating it for your devotion.
You can help your pup learn to stop whining by not g,oing to him when he whines. By disregarding your puppy, and only providing him attention and praise when he prevents whining, he'll learn that whining and whimperig is not the best way to earn your authorization.
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