Learning How to Train Your Puppy Effectively

Posted: April 16, 2014 in Puppy Training
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pup in training

 

Most of you will have heard of traditional dog training, and example of this type of training would be a jerk on the leash to punish the dog for an unwanted behavior such as pulling or lunging.

 

While this can be effective with dogs over 6 months of age, it can harm your puppy because their neck muscles have not developed enough to withstand the jerk. Prong or choke collars are also used in traditional training, these tools cause pain as a deterrent to bad behavior. The problem with using these tools is that if your timing is off just a little, your dog will only learn that having a leash on is a confusing and non-learning experience and the dog not trust you and will see you as unpredictable.
It has been my experience, and I base all my training on the positive reinforcement method of training, not only puppies, but any dog for any behavior issue. You see it is much easier to train a dog when both of you are having fun, and what is more fun to a dog than eating something tasty and getting a good belly rub or praise, “There’s a good pup”.

 

With positive reinforced training your timing don’t have to be perfect. If you miss a cue, no harm done. The best thing about this method of training is that anyone can do it, from your 5-year-old grandchild to your 80-year-old Mother, and your disabled neighbor.

 

Now that you have began learning how to train your puppy effectively, in my next post I will dig deeper into some of the old ways of thinking and how we can use positive reinforcement to our advantage.

 

If you have any questions about this or any topic, please contact me using the contact form at the bottom of this post, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

 

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