Basic Tips for Training Your Dog


By: Alex Malachowski 

There are numerous options for training your new companion. Whether you are hiring a professional trainer or taking on the task yourself,  there are basic tips to ensure the process is done correctly. Here are six tips to help jumpstart your training on the right paw!

Name Selection 

Naming your pet is an exciting process, however, there are names that are better for training. Consider using short names such as “Edgar”, “Harper”, or “Mack” – names that end with a stronger consonant that can be heard clearly. A strong emphasis on the end of the name will trigger your pet’s ears to perk. 

Spay is the Way

If your animal is not spayed or neutered, consider doing so, whether they reach the age of six to nine months as a puppy or if they are adopted later in their years. A fixed animal is likely to be less aggressive and more receptive to training. 

No Jumping 

Our furry friends love to jump when greeting guests, however, this is a bad habit to develop. When your pet decides to jump on a guest, do not punish them; just turn your back and ignore the behavior. When settled, give your pet positive reinforcement, it is important to never reassure jumping behavior with positive approval.

Establish Rules

When your four-legged friend enters their new home, be sure to establish house rules of what they can and cannot do. Are there areas that are off-limits? Where are they allowed to go potty? Are they allowed on the bed or couch?  Establishing rules early in the relationship will help your companion avoid any confusion!

Saying NO to Biting and Nipping 

Do not punish your new pet; instead, try shouting in agony and pretend to be in tremendous pain when they bite or nip you. Usually, most dogs are so stunned that they stop immediately. If you are verbally unsuccessful, interrupt the biting action and respond by ignoring them.

Positive Reinforcement 

When starting the training process, be sure to reward your puppy or dog with positive reinforcement. The use of approval, affection, and treats helps your pet understand the importance of their good behavior. It is important to never reward bad behavior as this confuses your pet. 

These are just a few basic tips to help establish the layout of the training process. No matter what behavior is being corrected, the tips in this article are sure to make a change. Never be afraid to ask for help from a professional or search for other tips to help train your beloved pooch. Remember, the amount of effort put in is the amount of results given. If you give your pet 100% of you, they will be sure to do the same. 

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