It is common for puppies to display behavior problems, especially if they are not trained. Positive training helps to correct behavioral problems early in a dog’s life. Additionally, it can help to completely prevent these common problems from ever manifesting in your dog.
Remember that positive training is about rewarding acceptable behavior. This does not mean that unacceptable behaviors should be punished. The opposite of rewarding during positive training is not rewarding, rather than punishment.
What Behavioural Problems Can One Eliminate Through Training?
- Socialization will help your puppy to grow into a confident adult, he happy, and behave appropriately when around other people and dogs.
- Basic cues training helps with impulse control as your pup grows.
- The take it or drop it cue prevents behavior problems that arise as a result of resource guarding.
- Crate training and teaching your dog to go to his bed will help to prevent nuisance behaviors such as begging.
What Do I Do If I Adopted An Older Puppy?
If you adopted an older puppy, be confident that he can learn. Dogs can learn cues at any age, although some cues are easier to teach to younger dogs. If your dog is older, all you need is to be patient, and with time, he will learn.
- Make sure that you use positive training to build your dog’s confidence in his new environment. A confident dog does not have severe issues such as aggression.
- To build your dog’s confidence, teach him basic cues. These cues will provide you with an easy way to play and bond with your new dog.
- Remember that if you use punitive training methods instead of positive ones, your dog’s confidence will be shuttered, and so will your human-animal bond.
Where To Start When Training Your Pup
Where should you begin training your puppy to prevent behavioral problems and help him transition smoothly into your home?
- First, you should get him a professional, positive trainer to train him in a quiet environment at home. The trainer might recommend group classes at some point to socialize the dog. If your puppy is not vaccinated, it is wise to avoid areas with other unvaccinated dogs that might spread diseases to him.
- If you have taught basic cues such as ‘stay’ to other dogs, you can teach your new pup too. Just make sure that you do not rush through the training and teach the dog one skill at a time.
Avoid getting too many dogs all at once. This way, training is manageable because you can concentrate on training one dog before you get another.