Sunday, July 09, 2006

Are You Stressed Or Your Puppy Stressed At The Training?

Puppy Training

Hi all,
A Very Good Weekend to you.
I would like to conclude this series of Puppy Training with today sharing, and we shall start something new tomorrow.......... what's the new topic.......... you will find out tomorrow.... :o)

Avoiding Stress In Training Your Puppy

The main purpose in puppy training is to build a communication system between the two of you. You are teaching your dog how to learn. In contrast to the positive approach of puppy training, many obedience classes use a lot of leash jerking and a certain amount of punishment if the dog is not performing well. There is a fine line between the two attitudes and it is a vitally important difference.

With a young puppy, if you are forcing him to perform perfectly and punishing him even mildly if he does not, you may be asking for trouble later on. After a puppy is six to eight months old, he can usually begin to handle corrections and accept much more firmness in his training but not at three, four and five months of age.

Stress should not be a specific part of puppy training. That comes later when the pup is six to eight months old and ready for a more formal training. Of course, it is not possible or necessary to completely avoid stress because there is often a small amount in any of a puppy's activities. However, stress should be eliminated as a planned part of the actual training.

That concludes our Puppy Training series.

Yes, hm..... I know what you are thinking...... it is a little bit short for today sharing, right?
Okie, I shall share with you some tips as a take-away gift..........

5 Tips To Remember When Teaching The “Come” Command

1. Use it sparingly.
When you overuse “Come”, puppies stop paying attention. When your puppy understands the command, avoid using it all the time. Say it infrequently and make it extremely rewarding.

2. Do not chase your puppy if he does not respond.
Practice on-lead for now.

3. Never call for negatives.
If you have to groom, bathe, or isolate your puppy, do not use “Come.” Also avoid using it when you are angry. You will only scare your puppy out.

4. If your puppy runs away from you, do not repeatedly call or correct him.

5. Use a different command to bring your puppy inside.
Coming in from outdoors is a big drag, no more fun than being left alone or ignored. Using the “Come” command when you want to bring him in makes it a negative command. Instead, pick a command like “Inside.” Start using it on-lead when bringing your puppy into the house. Quickly offer a treat or ball toss.

Okie, that's all and we shall 'woof' again tomorrow.


Puppy Training

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