If you have just got yourself a puppy, the chances are that you are excited to teach them fun and elaborate tricks.
You would also want to house train them so that it will be easier to clean up after them. However, some common mistakes would prevent your puppies from learning effectively, which we will be discussing below.
Training for Too Long
Puppies can get bored and tired just like we do. Once you have seen some positive results, you can take a break from short training.
You will notice when your puppy is getting bored with the training regime when they are less responsive to the same commands.
Try not to teach too many new tricks on the same day either. Your puppy may not retain the new information properly if you do, so it is good to take a break and continue another day.
Teaching Too Late
Start teaching your puppy early on. Ideally, you should start training your puppy when they are between eight and ten weeks old.
They are also a lot more playful, so they will be enthusiastic about engaging with you.
While older dogs can still learn well, puppies are more receptive to being taught new lessons. You will also want to house train them your pup early.
Not Being Consistent Enough
Be consistent with your commands and how you train your dog. For starters, teach your puppy with a consistent methodology and stick to the rules you made.
For example, you should only reward a puppy with a specific treat after completing a task, not when it followed the wrong command.
It also helps to keep a consistent temperament when you are training your puppies. Train them with a level head, and do not lose your cool to maintain your puppy’s trust and confidence in you.
Your puppies learn best by associating specific actions with a positive experience, whether it’s getting their favourite or puppy treats
between an action and a reward for your puppy to form this association.
By having the reward ready to
being given pats and belly rubs.
You will need to have a short time between an action and a reward for your puppy to form this association.
By having the reward ready to be given out with you, you will be prepared to give out the reward the moment it completes a task, helping your puppy learn faster.
Relying Too Much on Treats
While treats are excellent aids for training puppies, you need to wean them off the treats when they start showing signs of learning the commands. Otherwise, your dogs might not want to follow an order when there are no treats in sight.
Provide other rewards such as verbal encouragement, head pats, and hugs in place of these treats when they start responding well to the commands. After all, there are more than just one way to show your affection to your puppy.
Not Seeking Professional Help When Necessary
If you find that your puppy has some problems that you do not know how to handle, you should consider bringing a professional into the picture.
Some puppies may display signs of separation anxiety, hyperactivity, aggression, or other noticeable symptoms.
Book an appointment with a pet training professional and learn what you should be doing in those situations.
They may also be able to tell you if the issues that you are facing need to be brought forward to a vet for further examination. Afterwards, it is up to you to maintain the training consistency once more.
You will not be able to train your puppy in one day. It is going to forget occasionally, and some days your puppy might not want to comply.
Give it some time and have some free time between the training sessions. Remember that consistency is the key and do not rush the training regime.
It is okay to train them slowly if you are consistent with the process. Being patient with your puppy will also allow the puppy to know what to expect and, thus, have confidence in you.
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