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Notes and guidelines for puppy training
One of the most important things you can do as a new puppy owner is to be consistent in your training methods. This means providing clear, consistent instructions and rewards, no matter what your pup does. Here are some tips for training puppies the right way!
How do I show my puppy that chasing cars is dangerous?
When taking your puppy out on the street, always keep him on a leash. Because dogs like to chase, which can be traced back to the ancestors of dogs - wolves, who ran and chased for food, a moving car is a sheep running away for them. As dog owners, we have a responsibility to keep our dogs safe, and ordering them to "down" from a distance before a car accident is imminent can save their lives.
When a car passes through a puppy's territory, he will chase it, and as the car runs away, the puppy will gloat over his victory, not realizing the danger that is right in front of him.
Remote control training can stop the bad decisions he is about to make. Find a person to hold the puppy for a distance and then release it and let it run to its owner, who then calls the puppy's name and gives the command "down" and rewards it if it carries out the command. Combine this with the wait training to further strengthen the puppy's conditioned reflex to the down action.
At what age is the best time for puppies to be trained?
A puppy between 3 and 4 months old is physically and intellectually capable of receiving simple training, which makes it easier to train and the best time to build an attachment with its owner. But its training should not be too strenuous, otherwise, it will not receive the expected results, and may even ruin the body of a good dog and kill its good future.
6 to 8 months of age, although the puppy already has a certain physical strength and intelligence, if it has not yet established an attachment with the training, it will be wary of training and coupled with improper training methods, it will lose trust in people and lead to training failure. If you give up on its training and let it do whatever it wants, it will easily develop bad habits and become irredeemable.
The puppy that started training after 10 months, although its physical strength and ability to understand are very strong, it will often act according to its own will, do not obey the command, then if the trainer takes a rough attitude towards it, it is easy to provoke its resentment and hostility, making it difficult to continue training.
Puppy bravery training
Most dogs due to long-term intimate life with people, temperament has become docile, very friendly, and trusting of anyone, if you do housekeeping or guard work, this is obviously not possible. Through some combative games, you can provide early initiation to the puppy and restore its bravery and alertness.
Puppy game training is different from formal skill training for adult dogs, and owners should consciously cultivate bravery in the process of playing with their puppies. For example, tease the puppy with a piece of cloth or a thin wooden stick, let it imagine you as a "hypothetical enemy" and deliberately let it win by giving it a piece of cloth to hold or a wooden stick to bite, in order to enhance its self-confidence. As the puppy's bones and teeth are still immature, the game should pay attention to the pulling strength to avoid accidental injury.
In addition, dogs naturally like group attacks, and when multiple puppies play together or compete for items, the action is very exaggerated and rough, sometimes causing temporary unpleasantness, but soon they are able to calm down and they re-enter the game. If you join them in the fighting game, you will be welcome and they will be happy to imagine you as the "enemy" and work together to deal with you as the "hypothetical enemy". Since puppies are generally competitive, you must let them all get a reward in the game, otherwise, the puppy who can't grab the item will be downhearted, and the puppy who has already grabbed the item will be bored because he can't get a reward.
For a puppy that lacks vigilance, it is important to let it learn the power of strangers. Ask someone he is not familiar with to tease him with food, and when he is about to greet him affectionately, the stranger will give him a surprising nose, so that he knows that no one can be trusted except his master.
How do adapt the puppy to the leash?
The leash is an essential piece of equipment for dog training and a means to control it.
At first, make him adapt to the collar by preparing a loose and sturdy collar and unknowingly putting it around his neck while playing games with the puppy. At this point he will probably become afraid to walk or try to pick the collar off, you do not mess up, wait and see what happens, or use food to distract him.
In future games with your puppy, you can grab the collar when he is not paying attention to your hand. If he resists, do not pull the collar to make him give in, otherwise, he will resent the collar and the next step will be difficult. At this point, you should immediately let go of the collar and stroke its neck or back to distract it, and then grab the collar.
When the puppy has become accustomed to the collar around its neck, it can be linked to the leash on top of that. Again, be gentle so that he doesn't notice. After it's attached, don't pull hard, but follow the direction of his force and let him get used to it. If he tries to chew on the leash, don't pull hard on the leash either, as it will make more noise. You can loosen the leash and then suddenly tighten it to scare it, or lead it to the food bowl and let it understand that "a leash means food".
When the puppy trusts the leash and stops jumping out of it, you can let the leash out for a longer walk. At this stage, do not shrink the leash too short, but let the puppy know it is free. When he occasionally walks on your left side, praise him and say "keep up". If he tugs on the leash, give the leash a little pause to let him know it's not appropriate.