Obedience Training for Puppies

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Training your puppy to obey will open up new lines of communication between the two of you and bring you even closer.  You will be able to instruct him in proper and desired behavior, and he will know what you want him to do.

Dogs are hierarchical beings and easily adapt to the social pecking order. Obedience training puts you in charge and allows the dog to show respect. Dogs usually love to perform submissive tricks such as raising a paw in a shake or licking your hand, gestures which underscores the hierarchy in your home.

Make obedience training fun for both of you. It?s a great bonding experience and will make your dog more confident and enjoyable to be around. However young your puppy is, you can start behavior training now.

Begin training your puppy in familiar surroundings. Sure, you want your puppy to heel while taking a walk, but you shouldn?t start training on the street. Do you want him to sit and stay in a car? Don?t do the training on the highway.

Remember that puppies are young and active, so keep your training sessions short and make sure they are not hungry or tired. If your puppy, like most puppies, is constantly underfoot and demanding attention, make use of that time and teach. Have him ?heel? while you go from the bedroom to the kitchen, have him ?sit? while preparing coffee. This way, training becomes a part of the day.

As we?ve discussed, rewards for proper behavior and praise are the most critical part of training. Be sure to use real rewards. Some dogs will train for kibbles alone, but others will not. Try using bits of left-over chicken, pieces of cheese or a favorite toy to see to what your dog best responds.