Ten Ways to Improve Your Puppy’s Behavior

While there are a lot of tips on how to correct bad behavior in your puppy.  There is not a lot of information on encouraging good behavior.

Most people don’t realize how important positive reinforcement is for training a dog.

This blog will cover 10 ways that you can encourage good behavior in your puppy.

 

1. You have to spend time together

You have to spend time together to encourage your puppy to good behavior.

This is especially true during the crucial socialization period between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks when puppies are learning how to interact with other dogs and people.

During this time, it’s important to take your puppy to lots of different places and introduce him to as many different people and animals as possible.

This will help him to learn how to behave appropriately in different situations.

It’s also important to spend time playing with your puppy and teaching him basic obedience commands, such as sit, stay, and come.

This will help him to understand what you expect of him and will make him more likely to respond to your commands when he’s older.

 

2. Train your pup to come to you when called

There’s nothing more frustrating than calling your pup and having them ignore you.

Whether they’re chasing a squirrel or playing with a friend, getting your dog to come when called can be a challenge.

But with a little patience and training, you can teach your pup to come to you every time you call their name.

The first step is to get your pup’s attention. Start by calling their name in a happy, excited voice.

Give them a treat, when they respond to you or look at you. If they don’t, try again.

Once you have their attention, start backing away from them while still calling their name.

If they follow you, give them a treat. If they don’t, keep trying.

Eventually, your pup will learn that coming to you when called means getting a treat. And with enough practice, they’ll be coming to you every time you call in no time.

 

3, House Rules

There are a few things to consider when deciding on house rules for puppies.

The first is whether or not you want to allow them on the furniture.

If you do allow them on the furniture, you’ll need to decide how often you’re going to allow them up and for how long.

You’ll also need to think about where they’ll be allowed to sleep.

Will they be allowed in your bed, or will they have their own bed in another room?

Another thing to consider is whether or not you want to allow them to chew on your belongings.

If you do allow it, you’ll need to be sure to puppy-proof your home and keep an eye on them when they’re chewing to make sure they’re not swallowing anything they shouldn’t.

Finally, you’ll need to think about bathroom rules. Where will they be allowed to go to the bathroom?

Will you take them outside, or will they use a puppy pad?

If you take them outside, you’ll need to decide how often and how long they’ll be allowed to stay outside.

All of these things need to be considered when deciding on house rules for puppies.

Take your time to think about what will work best for you and your puppy and be sure to communicate the rules to everyone in your household so that everyone is on the same page.

 

4. Set up a private cubbyhole for your pup

If you’re like most people, they are a beloved member of the family. So why not give them their own special place to call home?

A private den for your furbaby can be a great way to show them how much you love them.

There are a few things to consider when setting up a private den for them

First, you’ll need to decide on the location.

If you have a small home, this might mean setting up a bed in a quiet corner of the living room or bedroom.

If you have a larger home, you might want to dedicate a whole room to your pet’s den. Either way, make sure the location is comfortable for your them and easy for you to access.

Next, you’ll need to choose the right furnishings for your pet’s den.

A comfortable bed is a must, along with some toys and perhaps a few special treats. You might also want to include a scratching post or some other type of equipment to help keep them entertained.

Finally, make sure to keep their den clean and tidy.

This means regular vacuuming and dusting, as well as spot-cleaning as needed. They will appreciate a clean and comfortable space to call their own.

You’ll be able to enjoy peace of mind knowing that your beloved furbaby is happy and well-cared for.

 

5. Reward system

One of the best ways to encourage good behavior in your puppy is to reward them when they do something you want them to do.

This could be something as simple as giving them a treat when they sit on command or taking them for a walk when they come when called.

Puppies are very motivated by food, so using treats as a reward is often very effective.

However, you should also make sure to praise your puppy and give them plenty of attention when they behave well. As this will reinforce the desired behavior.

 

6. One-word commands

It is important to be consistent when giving commands to your puppies.

Dogs are very intelligent creatures and can quickly learn to respond to commands if they are given in a clear, consistent way.

When you are first training your puppies, it is best to give them one-word commands such as “sit,” “stay,” or “come.”

This will help them to understand what you want them to do and make it easier for them to respond.

Once your puppies have mastered the one-word commands. You can start adding in two- or three-word commands.

 

7. Challenging your puppy

You want your puppy to be well-rounded, right? That means providing them with not only physical activity but also mental stimulation.

Just like us, puppies need to be challenged both physically and mentally to stay happy and healthy.

One way to challenge your puppy mentally is through training. Teaching them obedience commands or simple tricks not only helps them learn but also keeps their minds active.

You can also try food puzzles or other interactive toys to give them a mental workout.

Physical activity is important for puppies too. Not only does it keep them fit and healthy.

But it also helps them burn off excess energy. A tired puppy is a good puppy, after all.

Try to get your puppy out for a walk or playtime several times a day.

And don’t forget to have fun yourself – after all, playing with your puppy is one of the best parts of being a fur parent!

 

8. Saying no biting and nipping

When you first get your puppies, they’re going to be full of energy and excitement.

Part of puppy-proofing your home is to teach them what they can and can’t do.

That includes teaching them not to bite or nip. If they do something wrong or are against your house rules, say “no” firmly.

They may not understand what you’re saying at first, but eventually, they’ll learn that it’s not okay to bite or nip.

 

9. Make the training fun for you and your puppy

One way to make the training process more enjoyable for both you and your puppy is to incorporate some fun and games into the mix.

This doesn’t mean that every training session needs to be a party. But adding in a few fun activities can help to break up the monotony and keep things interesting.

Try incorporating some fetch or tug-of-war into your obedience training, or teaching your puppy some new tricks just for fun.

Not only will your puppy enjoy the change of pace, but you’ll likely find yourself having more fun as well.

 

10. Getting the whole family involved

There’s nothing like watching your puppy grow and learn new things – and it’s even more rewarding when the whole family can be involved in the training process.

From teaching your puppy basic obedience commands to showing them how to behave around other people and animals.

Involving the whole family in their training will help your puppy to reach its full potential.

Not only will everyone have a chance to bond with your puppy.

But involving the whole family in their training will also help to ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to expectations and rules.

Training your puppy can be a fun and rewarding experience for the whole family – so why not get everyone involved?

 

We’ve all seen it, or at least heard of it when a dog is allowed to misbehave or get away with negative behavior.

Those behaviors are not only rewarded but are also strengthened.

This is why it’s important to use positive reinforcement techniques when training a puppy.

With positive reinforcement, your puppy will learn the behaviors that you want and that he/she is rewarded for.

Visit our website for more tips and information about pets!

Share this post

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on print
Share on email