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how to train your puppy to come on command
Nov 14

How To Train a Puppy To Come

By Training A Puppy | Dog Training

Many people struggle when it comes to training their puppy the ‘come’ command, but yet it’s another very useful part of puppy training that you can use in an infinite number of situations. If you are lucky enough to live in an area that allows your dog to walk freely off leash, or even if you would enjoy taking your puppy to dog parks to socialize, then the come command will be especially useful.

How To Train a Puppy To Come

When you train your dog to come when called, you are building an extra level of trust that will allow your dog to have some additional freedom, while you are safe in the knowledge that they will return to you when called.

The ultimate goal that you are trying to reach when you train your puppy to come when called, is to get to the stage where no matter what else is going on, your puppy will return to you immediately and give you their undivided attention.

How To Train a Puppy To Come at Home

The most frequent obstacle that people face when trying to teach their puppy to come is that they try too hard too soon. In fact, the best way to train a puppy to come command is to start at home when it is relatively quiet and when your puppy is nearby. Tell your puppy to sit, and then take one or two steps back.

When you make the ‘Come’ command, use a light and happy voice, and introduce a gesture such as patting the fronts of your thighs, to show the puppy that you are excited and want them to come to you. When your puppy responds, be sure to praise them for their efforts. Next, you should again tell your puppy to sit, but this time move a little further away. And repeat the process.

how to train your dog to come

Keep following these steps until you are at the other end of your garden and your puppy is still coming to you. If at any stage, they don’t respond, simply move a few steps closer. It may take a few weeks before you can have trained your puppy to come from a distance, but this is okay, just keep having short practice sessions every day.

How To Train a Puppy To Come Anywhere

After you have trained your puppy to come in the safety of your own yard, it’s time to move on to practicing the come command in public. Of course, there will be many more distractions for your puppy here, so it’s advisable to keep them on a leash. If your puppy gets distracted as you practice, simply give the leash a small tug until they come running to you.

One of the most important points of training your puppy to come is to ensure that you never scold your puppy once they have come to you. By doing this, your puppy will associate coming to you with a bad experience, and will stop responding as explained in this article on If you need to correct bad behavior, always go to your puppy, rather than undo all the hard work you have put into training your puppy to come when called.

how to train your dog to sit on command
Nov 13

Training Your Puppy to Sit

By Training A Puppy | Dog Training

Sit is one of the most important commands that you can teach your puppy, as you can use the command in a multitude of different situations to control your puppy’s behavior. When your puppy learns how to sit, they will be learning how to give you their full attention, which means that you can use it to lead into another command, or simply to ask as a way to distract your dog from danger.

Many dog trainers will tell you that the most important reason for your puppy to learn the sit command is for safety – because if your puppy is about to run across the road, the sit command can avoid potential disaster.

how to train your dog to sit on command

How to Train Puppy to Sit

Luckily, training your puppy to sit is a relatively easy thing to do, because it is already a natural position, the only thing that you really have to teach is the command when to sit.

Unlike cats, dogs are unable to flex their spines which means that when they need to look upwards past a certain point, they need to be sitting to be able to do so. Because of this there are two separate methods that you can use to teach your dog the sit command.

Call you dog to come to you, and make sure that it is standing facing you, so that you can look each other in the eye. When you first start training your puppy to use the sit command, it’s best if you can crouch down so that you can obtain better eye contact. By doing this, you can ensure that you have your puppy’s attention, making the training much easier.

Next, you need to tell your puppy to sit. Still looking them in the eye, firmly say ‘Sit!’ in a strong, controlled voice. At the same time, push gently down on your puppy’s back legs to make them sit. Some dogs are resilient to this method, in which case you can use the alternative.

teach your puppy to sit

Again, using a controlled voice and maintaining eye contact, firmly say ‘Sit!’. This time, have a small piece of food or treat, and hold it just above your puppy’s nose, slowly raising it back and over their head, and they will naturally sit to follow the food.

Remember that each time your puppy follows the command; you need to shower them with praise. Use an excited voice and tell them ‘good dog!’, ‘clever boy!’ and give them pats and hugs. You can opt to use treats as praise, but be sure not to do this every time, as you can risk your dog becoming over weight.

When training your puppy, take only a small timeframe of five or ten minutes, as any longer and your dog will begin to lose interest in training. Shorter, frequent bursts are a far more effective form of training than intensive lengthy sessions.

Continue practicing with this method while gradually reducing the rewards, and your puppy will soon associate ‘Sit!’ with meaning that they need to sit down and pay attention.

crate puppy training
Nov 12

Housebreaking (Crate Training) Your Puppy

By Training A Puppy | Dog Training

Best Tips For Crate Training A Puppy

Crate training a puppy is an essential part of the complete training process for your dog. It is important for the puppy to get used to spending time inside the crate, this will enable you to put the puppy in the crate during the day or night especially if you have young children or your dog is very active and causing damage around your home. It is also important so that you can easily take the dog with you in the car or on holiday and these are some of the reasons Crate Training A Puppy is so important.

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What’s The First Step To Properly Crate Training A Puppy?

The best thing to do first when Crate Training A Puppy is to make the crate feel like home for the puppy, you can do this by putting familiar items like the bed and some toys in the crate and let the puppy get used to going into the crate. It is also a good idea to reward the dog with a snack when it goes in, this will help it get used to the crate and associate it with the reward, although in the beginning you should always leave the door open and not to force the puppy to stay inside.

Also use the crate while playing with the dog, you can throw a toy inside and let the puppy fetch it. This will help the puppy to get used to the crate when Crate Training A Puppy and not feel afraid when inside, so it is also necessary to stay calm at all times during the training process.

Your puppy will be able to associate the crate with comfort when you put its bed inside, you can also put its food bowl and water bowl inside and eventually the puppy will also get used to eating in the crate. Once the dog gets used to being inside more you can begin closing the door of the crate while your Crate Training A Puppy, but initially only for a short period of time.

A good time to try closing the door is when the dog is eating inside or chewing on its favorite toy. Because the dog will be occupied eating or playing they shouldn’t be too worried about the door being closed but when they are finished eating or playing you should open the door to let them out again.

The most important thing while Crate Training A Puppy in the beginning is not to force the puppy to stay inside but let them choose if they want to stay inside and play or have a nap for instance.

After the dog accepts staying in the crate with the door closed you should gradually increase the amount of time they spend there every day while Crate Training A Puppy, eventually they should be able to sleep in the crate overnight and be able to stay alone during the day.

One of the most basic lessons that you need to teach your puppy is the correct place to go to the toilet. Crate training is one of the most effective methods of housebreaking your puppy, as long as it’s done properly.

Step by Step Guide to Effectively Housebreaking Your Puppy with Crate Training

1. Buy a crate that is a suitable size for your puppy, larger breeds need a little more space so that they can move around in the crate.

2. Only put the puppy in the crate when you are able to observe them, or during the night. After every hour they have been in the crate during the day, you should take your puppy outside to give them the chance to go to the toilet. Put your puppy on its leash and take it to its designated toilet spot, give them a few minutes to do their business.

3. If after a few minutes, your puppy has not gone to the toilet, put them back in their crate. However, if they do go, make sure that you immediate shower them with praise or give them a treat. You can now take your puppy back indoors and let them run around.

toilet training your puppy

4. After this free time, you should put your puppy back in its crate and continue with its scheduled hourly toilet breaks.

5. You will soon start to see a pattern forming as to the times that your puppy goes to the toilet. This is one of the reasons why you should have a set daily feeding time for your puppy.

6. Once your puppy has formed a routine, you can start corresponding toilet breaks with these times. Because you know the likely times that they will want to go to the toilet, your puppy needed be created all day, but rather only for an hour prior to their scheduled break.

7. Consistency is key when training your puppy, and they will soon learn that when they go outside it is time to go to the toilet, by this stage you will no longer have to place your puppy in the cage.

8. If you are not able to be at home with your puppy during the day, you should not confine your puppy to the crate, nor let them be free in the house. Instead, you should confine them to a single room, such as the bathroom or laundry, so that the distinction between the crate and the room is maintained by your puppy.

9. Of course, it’s important to remember that during toilet training, your puppy is likely to have the occasional accident. The most important thing to do if this happens is not to punish them. Dogs naturally feel scared and intimidated when threatened by their owners, so it’s far better to adopt an attitude of positive reinforcement when your puppy does the right thing.

10. If your puppy continually goes to the toilet in the house, simply revisit the earlier steps of crate training until they understand what you are trying to teach them.

Crate training a puppy is a good method of discipline for house training your dog.

puppy training
Nov 11

An Introduction to Training Your Puppy

By Training A Puppy | Dog Training

When you first get a new puppy, aside from the excitement of taking home a cute and loveable new friend, one of the things that you must consider, besides choosing a perfect name in which dog names could come very handy, is how you are going to deal with puppy training. There are a lot of different ways that you can approach puppy training, and whichever one you decide to use, it’s important to remember that training your puppy is one of the most valuable and rewarding things that you can do to build the greatest possible relationship with your new best friend.

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Puppy Training Benefits

Puppy training isn’t just about teaching your dog to go outside to go to the toilet. It’s also about teaching your dog about acceptable behaviors, and how to respond to you as its master. This means that when you are training your puppy you will be teaching it to learn some basic commands, such as sit and stay, and also having fun by learning how to walk on a leash and play fetch with a favorite toy.

Training A Puppy To Be Sociable

Dogs are very social animals, and they enjoy the company of other dogs. However, if you have no other dogs in your house, it’s also important that you teach your dog how to be sociable with other animals so that they will not snap or bark unnecessarily.

Another point to note during puppy training is that your dog wants to please you. They will respect their leader and will do their best to always do the right thing, so even if they make a few mistakes to begin with, stick with it and you will soon see that puppy training is rewarding for both you and your pet.

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Stop Bad Behavior

Another point to note is that by nature, dogs have some habits which aren’t particularly acceptable to humans. There is nothing worse than coming home to find a big hole in the middle of your lawn, or a chewed leg on your mahogany table! These sorts of dog behaviors are generally attributed to boredom, so if you learn techniques that you as an owner can implement to stop unwanted behaviors happening, your relationship with your puppy will be far happier for you both.

Puppy Training is Good For You and Your Puppy

Many people avoid puppy training as they see it to be time consuming and complicated, not to mention expensive should they opt to take their dog to puppy training classes. But puppy training will make for a happier dog, and training your puppy effectively can be achieved in as little as ten minutes a day.

Training your puppy in the comfort of your own home can be one of the most cost effective and efficient methods of puppy training. By training in familiar surroundings without the distractions of new people and other animals, your puppy will be far more focused and most responsive to your commands. Get started with the most basic instructions to begin with, including toilet training and walking on a leash, and then you can then work towards moving onto more complex training such as learning how to stay and fetch.

Make puppy training rewarding and fun for you both, and you’ll see just how easy it can really be!