If you are ready to adopt a rescue puppy, there is an awful lot to consider, and it is most definitely a long-term commitment that will require making some sacrifices. Assuming that you have already weighed up the pros and cons and are happy to make this kind of commitment, your next move is to think about breeds, and once you have made that decision, you will need to train the puppy.
Puppy Training Tips
Fortunately, there are many free online resources to help you with training your new pet, and for the best results, you should include the following in your training sessions.
- Use Positive Reinforcement Techniques – Armed with a pocketful of tasty doggie treats, you should reward him when he does something right. Lots of praise when things go right, and when they don’t, a frown is all it takes to help him to understand what is required of him. Consistency and repetition are two essentials when dog training, and this is usually enough to make him understand how you want him to behave. Regarding his well-being, there is cheap pet insurance to be found with online providers, and you are advised to take out some form of pet insurance, which would cover any emergency medical costs.
- Get Him into a Routine – Much like humans, dogs are creatures of habit, and when it comes to walk time, his leash should always be kept in the same place. Puppies tend to get over-excited, so it is important to teach him to remain calm, and with constant repetition and rewards, he will soon understand how things should be. Teach him short commands like “sit”, “stay” and “come”, and he should know his name when called. Try to name him something that is short and easy to recognise, and in the event he is stubborn, you should not give in. Always finish the training on a positive note and let him know who is the boss, and a great deal of patience is required when training a puppy.
- Maintaining Control – It is essential that you are always in control, especially when outside, so teach your dog to come when you call. This is important when you take him to a park where he can be let off the leash, and if you haven’t got to that level of control, don’t let him have his freedom. Puppies are very much like young children, they easily become excited, and he needs to develop patience, and you can never let him dictate in any situation. Dogs are very receptive and therefore learn quickly, providing, of course, that they understand what is required of them.
We all know how unpleasant a spoiled child can be, and if you are not careful, the same thing can happen with a dog. He must understand that no means no, and the earlier you begin with this attitude, the easier the training will be. It does take time and effort to train a puppy, but the rewards are worth it, and with a well-behaved dog at your side, socialising will be that much nicer.