Did you know someone trained their dog so well it could perform magic tricks? They called it labracadabrador! OK, silly dog jokes aside, training a dog can be a daunting challenge. How do you know you’re doing it right?
Well, if you can, it’s best to start puppy training to get the most out of your efforts. In this short guide, we’ll give you five common puppy training mistakes to avoid. Learn from these mistakes and your puppy training experience should be fun and exciting for you and your canine friend.
Now, let’s chew into this!
You Wait Too Long to Train Your Pup
Many people think it might be too soon to start training their puppy, but they’re wrong. As soon as you have your little puppy at home, it’s time to begin your training.
The longer you leave it, the more unfavorable habits your dog can start to develop. Bear in mind, you are not trying to manage your dog’s behavior but instead training them how to respond to specific commands. Just start simple and build up the level of complexity the more you bond with your pup.
Too Little Training
It’s common for people when considering how to train a puppy to think they should do a little training now and again. The problem with this is that it is unlikely to be effective when training a young puppy.
At a minimum, you should be looking at doing a training session two or three times a week, or more. Take your training step by step too. If your dog takes time to master one command, be patient with them and stick to it until they master it.
Sticking to One Training Style
Some new dog owners pick up a book or read an article online and think that’s it, I know it all now! What they might not realize is there are several dog training styles to explore.
If you don’t experiment with different dog training methods, you might miss out on one that your dog responds to amazingly.
Not Considering Puppy Training Classes
Home dog training should be at the core of your dog’s development in learning commands. However, many owners neglect the power of puppy training classes.
When you take your puppy to such classes, there will be so many benefits for you and them. For instance, you see how other more advanced owners interact with their dogs. Plus, your dog will learn how to feel comfortable and be around other dogs of various breeds and their behaviors in a foreign environment.
Have Fun With Puppy Training
The most important thing is that you have fun with your puppy training. See it as a way of bonding with your little friend and this is how you will build a long-lasting relationship.
For more tips and advice on this topic, check out our blog post on the importance of puppy training.