Training A Puppy Dog requires patience, persistence and consequence.
Small Dogs can play with big Dogs
As each dog breed has different character traits it is beneficial for your puppy to play with different kind of dogs. This way your puppy will get familiar with different dog types and their behavior. Many people disagree with this, arguing that big breeds can hurt the puppy or will dominate the puppy. I still believe that it is very important that your puppy learns on time to get along with other breeds.
Small puppies must learn to play with big puppies. And big puppies must learn to play softly with small puppies and not to hurt them. This will prepare your dog for real life situations. While playing, you should keep an eye on them, of course. If it escalates into a real fight you jump in and stop it.
It makes no sense to protect your puppy from bigger dogs just because they can get hurt.
And it makes less sense to keep away your big puppy from small puppies just because the big puppy could hurt the smaller puppies. (see video below)
Big Dog and Puppy Playing
Aggressions are natural and are part of your dogs behavior. Your puppy should learn to handle his own and others dogs aggressions. It makes no sense to eliminate aggression totally.
You are the Top Dog
It is necessary to make the puppy clear that you are the top dog, the leader. Your puppy might snap after you when you take away a toy from him, stop a fight or in other situations. To reduce any offensive-aggressive behavior like this in the future you should make him clear that you are the leader in the pack. You can do this by grabing his mouth, saying a clear and loud “NO” and in serious cases press the puppy down. Don’t let the puppy get away with his actions or he will never learn how to behave.
Mistakes of the Owner
– Owner accepts constant leash pulling and gets dragged behind all the time
– The owner calls the puppy when it is very unlikely that he will listen and come. This is the case when the puppy is very busy with something else, like chasing a rabbit. This way the puppy learns to ignore the owners call.
– The owner shouts at the puppy later on because of ignoring his call. The puppy learns that coming back to the owner is connected with getting shouted at, and next time he will not return either, but this time in order to avoid the negative experience of the owner’s anger.
– The owner grabs roughly at the puppy when he has returned, this causes an unpleasant sensation in the puppies mind and he will learn not to come too close next time.
– The owner explains something to the puppy using many words, but the puppy understands nothing, of course. Puppies don’t speak English or any other language.
– The owner gives orders but does not insist that these are executed.
– Owners do not reward their dogs often enough (with treats), they mostly tend to use unpleasant measurements like pulling at the leash, grabbing at the collar or pressing the puppy to the floor etc..
– Owners don’t understand the value of proper timing to give snacks. If the dog has followed a SIT command of the owner the dog should get a dog treat immediately. To search for a dog snack in your pockets and wasting time like that may give the wrong signals to the dog. The dog might sit there and waits to get his reward, but the owner isn’t ready to give it. The moment he finds the snack in his pockets the dog gets up and receives the snack. What does the dog learn from this? He learns that when he gets up he will get a reward but not when he follows the SIT command.
What to play
Play games with your puppy as this will help to develop his intelligence. You can create games yourself of various kinds.
Learn to balance
For example, if you see a fallen tree in the forest you can balance on the trunk and after this let the puppy do it. This is good for his feeling for balance.
Throw things away and let him apport them. If he brings it back to you then reward him, give him a little treat and praise him.
Let him play with a Balloon
Ballons are fascinating for puppies because they move slowly. If a balloon blows up he will be shocked at first, but after this he gets used to it and makes them blow up himself.
Hiding is great fun. Another person preoccupies the puppy and you hide behind a tree or a furniture. After this you call him, but not too often. When he finds you, praise him and give him a treat.
Hide little treats somewhere in your house give a command and let him search them. If he succeeds then praise him.
The Key in successful Dog Training is:
– Reward of desirable Behavior ( by giving treats, praise your dog, give attention )
– No Reward, if undesirable Behavior ( by ignoring the dog, not giving attention, no treats, no praise)
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