Puppy Obedience Training at Home

Can you do richmond dog training at home? Even if you’re not a professional dog trainer, you can start training your pup at home. You just need to have patience, background knowledge, and perseverance. Obedience training is one of the secrets to an enjoyable and stress-free companionship with your pet. If your pup is trained it won’t run out your front door, get into a fight with other dogs, jump on your visitors, beg you for food while you’re eating with your family at the dining table, and it’s also less likely to counter surf. How do you get started? You just need to learn the basics.

One of the questions pet owners want to know is how soon can they start training their pup. Well, you can start immediately but ideally, your pup should be eight weeks old at the least. By this time, your pup can already wear a collar and understand verbal encouragements. When your pup reaches twelve weeks old you can start incorporating basic commands.

What are The Steps in Training Puppies?

First of all, you have to understand that puppies learn based on the consequences of their behavior. For example, if they do something favorable they will be rewarded with a treat. Once they know that a certain behavior leads to rewards, they’ll likely repeat that behavior. If a certain behavior (unwanted) is not rewarded, puppies will not continue with that particular behavior.

Trainers believe punishing puppies for bad behavior is counterproductive and is completely unnecessary. Studies show that focusing on rewarding good behavior is more effective instead of instilling fear to obey commands.

It also helps to understand why your pup acts a certain way. There is always a reason behind its behavior. For example, if your pup won’t stop jumping on you then it means it wants your attention. To stop this unwanted behavior, all you need to do is to ignore your pup whenever it starts jumping. Inevitably, it will learn that their behavior will not get your attention, and ultimately, it will stop jumping. You don’t need to yell or apply force for your pup to stop unwanted behavior. Ignoring will suffice.

Examples of obedience training you can teach your pup at home are sit and come.

Sit – this command is one of the easiest to teach. It’s a helpful command if you want your pup to sit before taking a meal or when you’re taking walk breaks. The sit command is a great first step before moving on to more complex commands. To teach your pup how to sit, hold a treat up its nose close enough for it to smell it. Next, slowly move your hand up so that your pup will move its body and be in a sitting position. Once they are in that position say the word “sit” loud enough for your pup to hear and then immediately give the treat. Repeat this several times a day until your pup masters it.

Come – the come command is extremely helpful if in case you lose your grip on your dog’s leash in a public or unsafe place or if you forgot to close the front door. The goal of this command is to call your pup so that it will run back to you. This command is easy to teach. You’ll need a collar and leash. Squat down and say the word “come” and gently tug the leash. When your pup reaches you give it praise or a treat. When your pup has mastered this command you can then remove the collar and just say the command word whenever you want your pup to come to you.

Training dogs can be challenging but it’s easier to train pups compared to adult dugs because they are more teachable and they are quick to learn. Dog training experts say that it’s easier to break unwanted dog behavior in puppies than older dogs.

Nick White is the owner of Off Leash K9 Training. He has over 80 dog training franchise locations throughout the United States. He currently hosts the A&E show, America's Top Dog.