Puppies are like a sponge.
They absorb everything you teach them, especially when it comes to rewards!
What they find rewarding when they are young will be continued as they grow into adult dogs.
Here are 5 tips that would make your puppy training more effective and successful.
1. Be calm
Do not expect anything from your puppy. Do not punish your puppy when he does not know what you want from him (especially when you have not tried him).
Instead, accept the fact that your puppy will make mistakes – and that it is normal.
2. Goodie magic
If a puppy does something – and something pleasant succeeds, he is more likely to repeat this action.
So praise your puppy and reward him immediately when he does something right.
3. Pay no attention
Puppies love attention – even shouting is considered an attention to your puppy. So when your puppy misbehavior and instead of shouting at him, ignore him. They will soon learn that the bad behavior is not worth the attention seeking.
Sometimes a puppy does not know what he should / should not do.
For example, if your puppy is sewing the sofa leg or your shoe, stop him by saying "no" with a deep tone – and gently move him with an alternative (his own toys) to chew and reward him for paying attention to it.
5. Be consistent
There are always reasons for a puppy to continuously make mistakes.
Maybe, he is confused with what you teach him?
If so, change your approach and try again. Always remember to interrupt unwanted behavior and direct your puppy to the right behavior – and reward him when he follows your instruction.
Training your puppy is hard work at times but the time invested in these early days will be fully repaid as your puppy becomes more of a pleasure.