Training a young dog or puppy can be difficult, confusing and time-consuming; however, it doesn’t have to be. Once you understand a dog’s behavior, you will know how to train them. There are certain training methods that help when training a dog. Socialization is a training method that should begin early.
Socialization is Very Important
Socialization is important when training a dog because as your dog ages, he or she will be exposed to many situations such as walking with you on a leash, being with other dogs at a kennel, when visiting friends at your home and other social events. This is when early training comes in handy and prepares the young dog for their future life. In addition, socializing your dog can be accomplished several ways—mostly by including them in your every day events as much as possible. It is important to socialize a dog early so that they will not fear new events or environments. When training your young dog, it is very important to be patient with them because just like a child, they don’t know how to obey commands unless they are carefully and consistently taught.
Training Your Puppy
In addition, training a young dog or puppy often takes two to four hours a day. Taking your puppy outside in the yard for some play time first and then putting them on a leash and teaching them the basics such as sitting, stay and walk will keep the training consistent and effective. Potty training is also very important when training a dog. This takes time and patience. When they do well, praise them and when they don’t give gentle discipline. Some use a “Crate” when potty training a dog. It has been said by some that the best way on how to train a dog to go to the bathroom outdoors is by crate training. Most dogs will respond well to crate training, and will be able to be potty trained in a few weeks
In order to make obedience training effective, you need to also set aside a certain period of time each day to play with your dog. Having this time to relax with your dog will establish a comfortable relationship with him or her and help with the training.