When Is The Best Time To Train?
Dog Behaviour Training
Playing with toys will provide the puppy with mental and physical stimulation. Find out which toys the puppy likes (they often have favourites), but you need to make sure that the toys are unlike other domestic items, such as shoes. You can use his favourite toy as a reward during training.
You can play active games with your puppy, but you need to make sure that it is you who is in control and ‘dominant’ in the puppies eyes. While you play, watch the puppy’s behaviour, and if it is about to sit, issue the “Sit” command. This gives the puppy some early association with basic commands and what they mean.
Give Immediate Rewards.
When the puppy obeys a command, you should offer an immediate reward, such as stroking or praise with words.
Remember: You’re the dominant member of the pack, which means you should always be in control.Early Habits Can Last A Life-Time.
If you carry a puppy constantly when it is very young, it will expect similar treatment when it feels insecure as an adult. Bear this in mind.
Give Mental Stimulation
Puppies that are actively stimulated between the age of three and twelve weeks grow into adults that are good at both learning and problem solving. A puppy learns best by observing its mother’s behaviour.
You must try to keep an eye on all of your puppy’s activities, to ensure that any frightening situations he may encounter are kept to a minimum. Fears learned at an early age can become lifelong phobias unless they are overcome with training.
All dogs must learn to behave properly, both with their own species and with others, especially people. This isn’t always an easy task, so the best time for them to learn is when they are still very young – less than four months old is best.
When it’s possible, make sure that the puppy meets other species such as cat’s horses when it is very young.Here’s why:
Early socialization to other species reduces the likelihood of future problems.
With the advice of your vet it’s a good idea to participate in supervised weekly puppy evenings. At these gatherings, puppies learn how to respond to other dogs and to strangers in a controlled way.
Dogs that lack early social experiences can sometimes become more difficult to train. Restricted contact with people when the puppy is young can cause limitations in the dog’s ability to obey commands.
Before getting a dog, find out as much as possible about its early experience.
The more a puppy has been handled while young, the more likely it is to respond well to obedience training.
Puppies raised with hardly any contact with people can be very difficult to train for the average person without the help of a professional dog trainer.
So remember to ask questions about the puppies experience with being handled.