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Teaching Your Puppy: Obedience Training Basics

For successful training, practice the next basic training steps with your puppy every day. Keep workout sessions short. Your pup will see everything as a casino game, so keep him stimulated by changing what he's learning. Do each command for about 5 minutes and come back to it once you can.
Practice the commands in a large amount different places - in the living room, garden, hall or kitchen, balance out on walks - so that he gets used to giving an answer to you in every types of situations. You can use the click strategy to help with other aspects of your puppy's training, such as motivating him to stand still for grooming and getting him used to journeying by car.
Your pup will learn very quickly and react to love and affection as well as rewards. Obedience training will help build a enduring bond between your two of you and you will be rewarded with a happy, well-trained dog.

Table manners

Giving in to your puppy's every need is wii thing. As your puppy develops, so will his need to say himself. Puppies often choose mealtimes as a battleground. But offering directly into him is a blunder. You need to make sure he knows that you won't react to his every demand.
Your puppy must learn that people around him, particularly small children, can be a bit unpredictable. But he needs to acknowledge that their unpredictable behavior is not threatening. You can 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 move toys close by - anything to result in a distraction, but drop a treat in the dish to praise him for continuing to eat calmly. Do this every so often, but not at every food. If your pup freezes mid-mouthful, growls or glares at you, stop and try again another time. If this proceeds, it's best to talk to a veterinary behaviorist or qualified Dog Behaviour Training trainer.

Reading your puppy's body gestures

Dogs have always communicated with one another by using body gestures. This involves cosmetic expressions, body postures, noises and scents. Dogs use their mouth area, eyes, ears and tail to express feelings. By learning how to interpret your puppy's body gestures, you can interpret your puppy's motives.

Indications of aggression or submission

If your puppy is feeling brave or aggressive, he'll make an effort to make himself larger by standing tall, with his ears and tail sticking upright. He'll also drive out his chest and raise the locks on his neck and back. He could also growl and wave his tail slowly.
Alternatively, a submissive dog will attempt to make himself appear small and become a puppy. This is because an adult dog will "inform off" a puppy but not attack him. Submission will need the form of the sideways crouch near the floor, his tail kept low but wagging away. He might also make an effort to lick the facial skin of the dominant dog or human being. He may even move on his back.

Your puppy's tail

Most of us notice that tail wagging is a sign of friendliness and pleasure, however the tail can indicate other moods, too.
The standard way a dog holds his tail varies from breed to breed but in most cases, a tail held higher than 45 levels to the trunk expresses alertness and interest.
If your puppy's tail is waved slowly and stiffly, that's an expression of anger. If it's clamped low over his hindquarters, it means your dog is afraid. An stressed or anxious dog may droop his tail but wag it stiffly.

Your puppy's eyes

In case your dog's eye are half closed, that is clearly a indication of pleasure or submission, while eye widely open can indicate aggression.
In the open, dogs stare at each other until one backs down or makes a challenge, so you should never try to outstare your pup, especially if he's nervous.

Your puppy's smile

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

Attempting to play

If your pup wants to play, 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 become listed on in a chase.

How your dog sees you

Your puppy will watch you to read your body indicators 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 arms opened out is a welcome sign while towering over him and staring is a sign of threat.

How your puppy learns

Your puppy will learn rapidly, so it is important that he learns how to behave properly right from the start.
Dogs learn by association, so if your puppy will something good, incentive him. Then your action is much more likely to be repeated. But the compensate must be from the action, so he must be rewarded quickly, within another or two. The praise itself can be considered a few kibbles of puppy food or compliment, or both.
Your puppy must be taught what he can and cannot do. Some safe behaviors can be ignored, but possibly dangerous ones need to be taken care of immediately by interrupting the behavior with a sharp "no" to get his attention - be certain to prize him when he prevents and pays attention to you. Shouting or striking will not help your puppy learn.

Understanding barking and whining


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

It's hardly surprising many folks 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 confusing to the dog. In his eye, when he barks, he is sometimes ignored, while at other times he is shouted at to avoid, and on the other hand he might be motivated to bark if, for example, there are a suspicious stranger close by.
To help your dog know when barking is acceptable, you just need to teach him that he may bark until he is told to avoid. "Stop barking" is highly recommended as a command for obedience rather than a telling off.

Start working out by letting your pet bark several times, compliment him for sounding the alarm, then say "Stop barking" and hold out a treat in front of him. Your pet will minimize immediately only if because of the fact that he can't sniff the treat while barking. After a couple of seconds of calm, give him the praise. Gradually increase the time from when the barking halts to the offering of the praise.
If you are worried about excessive barking that you have no control over, you should talk to your vet about next steps, such as specialist training or therapy.


In the event that you comfort your pup whenever he whines, it may make things worse. It will make your pup think he's being praised for whining, and get him into the habit of repeating it for your affection.
You are able to help your puppy learn to stop whining by not g,oing to him when he whines. By overlooking your puppy, in support of offering him attention and praise when he prevents whining, he'll learn that whining and whimperig is not the way to earn your approval.

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