Aug 02 , 2022
How many times have we heard, “My dog just won’t listen to me” or “He just won’t behave!”
There are as many ways to raise a puppy as there are to raise a child. But most of us agree that when it comes to children, certain things are universal and undisputed. However, there are things that a lot of people don’t realize right away when it comes to raising their dogs.
These are three important things to keep in mind when training puppies:
1. Dogs do not understand English until we teach them.
The thing we all love about puppies the most is the way they live for us, the way they focus all they have on us, and the way our lives become theirs. In the beginning, they study us to learn our body language, our facial expressions, and our language. Until we teach them the English language, it’s all they have.
If we say, “Wanna go out?” one day, “Have to go potty?” the next day, and “Have to pee?” the third day, if they DO figure out what we want, it is because we have picked up the leash and moved toward the door with a happy face!
If you want to speed up their training three-fold, teach him YOUR language. Pick a command for each behavior and stick with it. Tell everyone in your family to use the same words and commands, and your puppies will amaze you at how much faster they learn.
2. A young puppy’s metabolism is racing faster than we think.
The younger your puppies are, the faster they’re growing, the more food and water they need to fuel their metabolism, and the more often they have to go potty. Do not punish your puppies when they make a house-breaking mistake. These are YOUR fault.
Your puppies' age in weeks and their breed size determine how often they must go out. Once an hour is not too often for a large 6-week-old puppy, especially if it is summertime. Dogs love the exciting smell outdoors, so there is no excuse not to have him housebroken by 7-8 weeks.
Right after a nap, after they eat and after grooming are the key times, and they will signal you. If they are happily chewing a toy and get up suddenly with their nose to the floor, move quickly! And every time they go potty outside, praise him to high heaven! “What a good boy!”, “Good go potty!” and the like. Dogs love our happy faces, and they will do anything to get it.
3. Dogs live for our facial expressions and body language.
Because of this, the worst punishment you ever need to give your dogs is a scowl and to turn away from them. You can see their tail fall down and their face gets so sad. They will learn the lesson. But his attention span is only 3-5 minutes, so do not scorn him any longer.
Love him up and give him your happy face again. Physical punishment is never necessary. Use consistent commands and loving praise and they will know what you want of them before you know. They will become masters of your body language and facial expressions in no time at all.
Naturally, there are many aspects to training your puppies well. Loving kindness works just as well for puppies as it does with children; raising a happy, well-adjusted, and obedient dog for life.
These three important tips, used consistently with confidence, will start them well on their way.