Puppy Training – The Basic Principles
A puppy learns through – Consistency and repetition.
- Follow through
You will also need – Knowledge of your puppy’s temperament, an understanding of canine behavior, and a balance of rewards and consequences.
Crimes and Corrections / Praise and Discipline:
- The reward for “good” behavior must outweigh the pleasure gained from the “bad” behavior.
- The correction must override the will of the puppy to continue with the “bad” behavior, without overwhelming the will of the puppy to make decisions.
- The puppy’s confidence in naughtiness must be shaken, and at the same time, the puppy’s confidence in self, and in you, must remain strong.
- An understanding of why your puppy is doing a particular thing can be very helpful, also take into consideration how your puppy reacts to his senses.
- Puppies are motivated by pleasure, pain, fear, and also by their assessment of their place in the family or pack.
- Dogs and puppies have a strong need for leadership. If you cannot take on the role of leader, your puppy will.
Everything that happens to a puppy happens right now. Praise and correction must be handed out during or immediately following the behavior or your puppy will not get the message you are trying to get across.
Written by: Shirley Gibson
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