Training Your New Puppy

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Training Your New Puppy

by Anthony Lee


The easiest and most well used instructional technique for training a new puppy is the crate training method.

You should use this method as soon as you bring your new pup home to be able to start positive reinforcements that will shape your new puppy's behavior so he can grow into a well-behaved dog that will bring only happiness and joy to you and your household.

What's with the crate?

The crate training method is actually to help in training your new puppy about where to relieve itself and also to train the new puppy to be ok without you.

Properly and lovingly done, the crate method will potty train your pup as well as help prevent the formation of separation anxiety for when you have to be away from your new puppy for some time. The crate can be a nice comfortable kennel or a "container" that can be closed, which will be used as your pup's place for sleep.

To train your new puppy to get inside his crate for the first time, you can try this: get your puppy's attention by holding up a doggy biscuit and throwing it into the crate. Then say things in an encouraging manner for your puppy to look for the biscuit.

When your new puppy finds the biscuit inside his crate, praise him vocally and reward him further. Finding that biscuit in his crate will serve as his first experiential reward, which he will associate with his crate.

In or out?

Some people may feel that when training the new puppy using the crate method, the pup should be let out of the crate when humans are around. On the contrary, you should train your pup to be in his or her crate while you are in the room. This will ensure that he doesn't associate being in his crate with human absence.

If you are training your new puppy with the crate method, do not leave your puppy in for too long. Remember that especially with younger puppies, it is difficult for them to control when they need to "go" so you will need to let them out often and allow them to do their business.

If you leave your puppy in too long and it soils its crate, you will set back your training for weeks or even months.

For more information, please visit the dog obedience training website.



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