How to Train a Puppy?
This training is based on positive interaction with your puppy.
- Teaching a training word
- Teach a positive sound to stop unwantend behavior
- Teach the word “look”
- How to deal with unwanted behavior
- Learn your puppy to come to you
Lesson 1: Teaching a trainings word
Why use a training word?
- A training word is a useful tool to teach your puppy what behaviors you would like to see.
- When your puppy is showing you the behavior you want, you say your training word you have chosen, (for example the word “Yes”) with great enthusiasm.
- If you make sure your timing is right, your puppy will quickly leanr the meaning of the word and will show wanted behavior more often. Yara understood the meaning of the word “Yes” in just a couple of repetitions.
- Keep in mind, When you say the word “Yes” (or the word you chose) you are making a kind of picture of the behavior your puppy is showing you at that moment, that’s why your timing should be perfect.
How to choose your training word?
- Choose a positive stimulating word like “Yes” or “Great” or “Super”
- Choose a word you do not use to often in your daily routine
Why Not a word like “Well done” or “Good Dog”?
Because these words are used more often without the fllowing of a snack or treat. Other people use these words also to praise your dog. Therefor you can not use it as a training word because it will lose it’s meaning that way.
Teaching your Puppy the training word
First you need a handfull of great snacks, it must be real treat for your puppy. In this lesson we use the word “Yes” to show you how it should be trained.
- Keep your hand, with the treats inside closed and let your puppy smell your hand, Say “Yes” and give your puppy 1 treat. Repeat this 5 times.
- Sit in a different place and repeat the exercise. At some point your puppy will come to associate the reward/treat/snack with the word “Yes”. Make sure the dog has a different position each time . The one time you say “yes” if the puppy lays down, the other time when your puppy just stands. The challenge now is that the dog learns to associate the training word with the reward that follows , not with the behavior which he performs at that time.
- Test if your dog has understood the training word by saying it at a time when your puppy is not paying attention . If your puppy responds immediately , he has understood it. Here he is naturally rewarded , since you have mentioned the word.
- Don’t use any distracting words like “look” or the name of your puppy
- Only use the training word and reward within a second after saying the training word
- Make sure bring enough treats/snacks
- During the training changes places otherwise your puppy will associate your training word with only the one place you practise it.
Have fun training your puppy your training word and make sure to come back for the next lessons.