Dog Training Secrets Of Potty Train Puppies


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Right from the beginning of your dog training routine, think only of what you’re hoping to gain, instead of the behavior you want to avoid. As you get ready for each new class or training day, imagine the end result and create a clear image of what you’re planning to create, and picture it having already happened. Don’t waste any time pondering over the negative behavior you’re trying to avoid.

Without knowing where you’re going, it’s unlikely you’ll ever get there. That’s true of most things in life, and it’s true of basic dog house training too

It’s very easy to fall into the trap of concentrating on things that we don’t want. This is particularly relevant with regards to training dogs as well. Not wanting our dog to pee anywhere inside our house is right up there, or chew our shoes, or to carry on running when we call him back to us, or howl like a wolf when we have friends come into the house.

Just think about it for a moment. Lets imagine you’re about to pick up a new puppy. Do you really want to spend the next ten, twelve, or fourteen years chasing your dog telling him off for things you didn’t want him to do? Do you agree it’s a better approach to channel your dog towards acceptable behavior from the start?

A prime example springs to mind is when we think, “I really do not want the dog to chew the furniture,” try, “I will encourage him to play with his toys.” Rather than, “I don’t want the dog to embarrass me when I have guests,” what about, “My dog should greet and welcome my guests controlled and quietly.”

Simply by wording your aims in a positive manner, you’ll know exactly what is you are aiming for. I can’t think of a better way to get started with training your new dog.

Using Rewards

A crucially important area that people have finally realized in housetraining puppies over the last few years is the shift from emphasizing correction, or punishment, to emphasizing rewards.

Using rewards is a whole lot smarter for most trainers – especially for puppy toilet training. Perhaps the most important reason is that if you make a mistake using punishment, the outcome could be very demoralizing for both of you. It’s not overly common, but your dog could become frightened or even aggressive in response to the punishment. It’s always possible that he will withdraw completely and become very timid. They seem to lose their sense of adventure. Some may even appear completely broken spirited.

The good thing about reward based training is that it also makes you feel good as the trainer. Heaping praise and treats on your dog gives a powerful sense of achievement.

But the best news is that this approach to dog obedience training works extremely well. It’s due to the fact that this approach to behavior training builds confidence and reassurance. If a behavior is rewarding, your dog is more likely to exhibit that behavior again in the future. When you learn how to apply that simple rule, using rewards will make your training days a lot easier and more productive.


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