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Puppy obedience is crucial

Puppy obedience should start early on in the whelping box. The basics of puppy obedience training may be initiated by the breeder from whom you purchased or secured your puppy.

Studies show that up to the age of three weeks, puppies are not yet ready to take in even a little in the way of education. They are not aware of anything else except for their mom, food, and sleep. During this period, puppy elimination is done by reflex, but they change around the 21st to 28th day of puppy life as they begin to leave the blanket and search for a place to eliminate. At this period, puppies become more aware of their surroundings and are growing more sensitive to stimuli. Any experiences they have will have a more profound effect on the puppy, so this is the most probable time for shaping up the puppy?s manners and behavior ? in short, the perfect time for them to learn puppy obedience.

Staying Positive Helps Puppies

When you want your pet to do the right thing, the best thing to do is to not use punishment as a form of readiness. Verbal praise along with special treats are more effective. When you are needing to use negative stimuli for your puppy it should be limited to no and block any bad actions from your puppy with using your hands. Striking a puppy or injuring it in any way is cruel and should not be used as a form of punishment.

Whenever a puppy does what you ask it to do be sure to shower him with a reward of affection and praise to reinforce this behavior. Puppies must be praised to avoid developing a sense of apathy with regard to obedience. After your pet does a command correctly and you praise and caress them, they will then learn that following these things are fun and rewarding. Good feedback and rewards are the surest path to puppy obedience. Using a positive reinforcement and a treat will strengthen the dog's understanding and increase's the dog's willingness to follow commands.

Persistence Mixed with Great Timing

Timing is everything when it comes to puppy training. Your puppy's capability to comprehend the trainings and lessons taught to him is related to your actions, corrections, and movements. It is important for puppies to learn that corrections are given for the action or behavior that is expected from him.

For instance, a puppy who chews on a toy in a different room may not respond to the command "come," and unless it is reinforced, he will not learn to obey it. However, if the young dog is told to "come" under circumstances such as when on a leash, followed by a gentle pull towards the trainer, and subsequently followed by praising the dog, then he will find out that when hearing "come", he should head towards the trainer, and that rewards will be waiting.

Teaching puppy obedience training can be done at home if you focus on one exercise at a time and keep your instructions simple. It's a whole lot easier to enlist in a training programs that is separated into phases rather than trying to teach your dog everything at once. If you are patient and use positive reinforcement, puppies will steadily learn over time to obey your commands.

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