First Time Training a Puppy?

Michael Gianelly

Training puppies is one of the most tedious things to do if you’re doing it for the first time.When first training your pup, it is important to train it from the moment you pull into the driveway. Like humans, puppies learn from birth, the puppy’s brain is more likely to remember simple tasks if they are taught early in their lives. Good breeders treat them immediately and start socializing them with other people and animalsYoung puppies are less alert, but by the time it’s  7-8 weeks they can expect to learn simple obedience commands such as “sit,” “down,” and “stay.”

The focus of the training should be based on positive reinforcement such as giving your puppy a treat for listening or doing simple tasks. The reward encourages the pup to listen and be aware of what the trainer and owner wants it to do. Punishments like loud yelling or physical force just confuses the pup. “Training doesn’t have to be cruel and punishment-oriented, If you train using positive reinforcement, you’ll get a trained dog and you will maintain the spirit of that dog.” Says Sylvia-Stasiewicz, who in the past has trained US President Barack Obama’s dog and late senator Edward Kennedy’s three dogs. While you might want to yell at your dog for not following a command it is important to just keep trying the command and not to get frustrated.

While All of this might be very tedious, and it might take some dogs longer than others to get the commands. but after all of it is over you’ll  have a best friend that will stay by your side through anything. You’ll be able to introduce the dog to other animals and people without any hassle. The dog will feel more calm and comfortable in these situations.