Puppy training should be done in a manner that is both safe and effective, and ideally should start from the time you bring your puppy home from the store or shelter. Before you start training your puppy, remember that you need to focus on teaching it the right things by rewarding good behavior, and not punishing bad behavior at a time when your puppy still doesn’t know what you exactly want him or her to do.
If you focus only on teaching your puppy what not to do, you may be on the wrong track. Puppies need a chance for themselves to learn the right thing to do while realizing the behaviors that wouldn’t match your idea of what to do.
If you wish that your puppy does the right thing at an early age, avoid saying, or even worse, shouting the word “No”. Puppies respond better if you repeat the exercise or go back to a step he or she missed. More often than not, you will end up offering rewards for a job partially well done and take it from there until your puppy can do the entire technique or behavior correctly.
This is why yelling “No” doesn’t work. You have a pair of nice, pricey shoes, and discover that your dog has been gnawing on them. Instinctively, you run over, scream the word “Nooooo!”, but by doing so here’s what could possibly happen.
The first possibility is that your dog would cower in panic and realize that developing permanent teeth shouldn’t be done in your presence. Your dog would then refuse to upset you openly, and will stick to chewing on things while you’re gone. Remember that you’re dealing with dogs, and they are just following their natural instinct.
Nobody wants doggy business all over the living room, so crate training is a nice way to take care of two things – training your dog to go outside if he or she needs to eliminate waste, as well as ensuring a safe training process in general. Don’t forget to reinforce positive behavior by rewarding this job well done – it would instill in your puppy’s mind that what happens outside should stay outside and not inside your house.
By rewarding or complimenting your dog following successfully performing a behavior, you are training your dog the right way. You are not ruling by fear, but rather building your dog’s confidence and understanding of what’s right.
It is not just your dog’s behavior that can benefit much from positive reinforcement and other modern dog training techniques, but also its personality. Once your puppy reaches its first year, it would greatly benefit from this healthy form of communication, and should be a reliable companion for you once it finally matures.