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How To Train A Puppy Yourself At Home

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The arrival of a new puppy is an exciting time for any household. Your cute and cuddly little fluff ball will immediately command center stage from the whole family. Before long though, it becomes very clear that the new arrival means there's lots for you to do, and even more for him/her to learn. Puppy training must top your list of priorities.

Your young puppy is totally reliant and dependent on you to help him habituate and fit into our human, domesticated world. Your guidance and leadership will determine what path his life takes and what type of dog he will become. During puppyhood you play the lead role and are responsible for shaping the character, temperament and behavior habits that your dog will carry throughout his life. Your puppy's future is in your capable hands...

Will your puppy become a well adjusted
and trusted member of society or a social outcast?
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How To Train A Puppy - It's Not All Fun And Games!

It shocks some new puppy owners when their puppy acts like, well a puppy. The little critter is a pooping machine who chews, barks, digs, cries and much more! But we still love them anyway - we just need to provide them with some direction and boundaries to follow.

If you're anything like me you probably just want to get your puppy off to the best possible start in life, and also set them up to thrive as adult dogs. Early puppy socialization and puppy training are the keys to your success as a dog owner.

Bringing a young pup into our lives is a big responsibility and commitment to fulfill. Our puppies have a long list of requirements and deadlines that must be met for their well-being and longevity. Tasks like puppy house training, crate training, puppy socialization, leash training and basic obedience need to be addressed right from the very start.

How To Train A Puppy - The Positive Non Violent Way

It's important with all dog training but especially with young puppies to use lots of encouragement, praise and rewards (positive reinforcement) in your training. Start your puppy training sessions as soon as your little puppy arrives at your home - it's never too early. Set your puppy up to succeed, concentrate on developing desirable habits in your puppy and preventing undesirable behavior. It's much a better alternative to put your puppy on the right path from the start, rather than trying to correct established problem behaviors later on.

Keep your training sessions short, consistent and always have fun. The key to shaping your puppy's behavior is to start out with very easy commands, continue to build on these successes and apply heaps of repetition. Base your puppy training sessions around trust and mutual respect rather than old school methods based on punishment, avoidance and harsh corrections. In this environment you will find that your puppy loves his training sessions and his confidence will grow with each and every session.

Always remember that you are dealing with a very immature young animal. Be realistic, flexible, patient and always fair during puppy training sessions. Your puppy doesn't just automatically know this stuff! It's all new to him and he is bound to have the odd slip up and mistake along the way. Don't worry about these mistakes, just move on and do your best to prevent them in the future.

Enjoy this fantastic time in your dog's life. His puppyhood is the time where you will lay the foundation for your puppy's life. It's also where you will develop, build and strengthen the special bond you will share with your dog for life.


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How To Train A Puppy - The Essential Steps

1. Puppy House Training
Potty training causes many puppy owners a world of pain. It doesn't have to be so difficult, I've had lots of success with this step-by-step outdoor puppy house training method.
2. Puppy Housebreaking - The Indoor Potty
Follow this method to successfully housebreak your puppy indoors. This new improved method takes over from puppy paper training and dog litterbox training.
3. Puppy Crate Training
The crate is an invaluable training tool for all puppy owners. It's a great way to establish good habits in your puppy and prevent undesirable and destructive ones. The crate is never a tool for punishment!
4. Puppy Socialization
Puppy socialization is a crucial period for all puppies. It is the time where you build a close bond with your puppy and expose him to all the world has to offer. Puppy training classes are an important element when socializing your puppy.
5. Stop Excessive Barking
Excessive barking is a huge problem but one that can be avoided with these training techniques.
6. Separation Anxiety In Dogs
Separation anxiety affects a huge percentage of dogs and is the cause for many other behavioral problems. Follow these tips to stop your puppy from developing separation anxiety.
7. Stop Puppy Biting/Mouthing
Puppy biting, nipping and mouthing is a perfectly natural stage for your dog to go through. You can manage the problem with these puppy mouthing tips.
8. Puppy Leash Training
Training your puppy to walk nicely on a loose leash is important for safety reasons and also for the enjoyment of your walks together. Excellent for big strong dogs like Labradors and Labradoodles!
9. Obedience Training For Puppies
Start you puppy on these basic obedience lessons as soon as you can. Practice the sit, down, stay and more. These commands provide the foundation for more advanced commands later on.
10. Correcting Puppy Behavioral Problems
Your puppy is bound to display at least one type of problem behavior. Discover the best way to stop the undesirable behavior and how to get your puppy back on the right track.
11. Puppy Clicker Training
Clicker training is a very effective and gentle way to shape the behavior of your puppy. My dogs all love and respond brilliantly to clicker training techniques.
12. How To Feed Your Puppy
What is the best puppy food for your young dog? - discover the best way to provide wholesome, well balanced puppy nutrition. I suggest setting up a regular schedule with Petflow home delivery dog food.
13. How To Choose A Great Dog Training School
Puppy kindergarten and obedience training school are a great way to socialize and train your young puppy. Keep these tips in mind when choosing your dog training school or dog trainer.
14. Choosing Your Perfect Dog Breed
Discover how to choose a dog breed that best suits you and your personal circumstances. Selecting a suitable dog breed is a crucial first step which deserves some time and research.



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