When thinking about purchasing a brand new puppy for yourself or your family there are number things you need to consider.
While finding puppies for sale in Toronto may be easy enough – actually owning a puppy is a different dynamic altogether.
Before finding puppies for sale in Toronto you should have figured out what type of puppy is best suited for you, your lifestyle, as well as the lifestyle of your family.
Next, it is essential to provide the proper training of the pup from early on. A large benefit of finding puppies for sale in Toronto and purchasing them from a well-respected store or breeder is that the pup will not have had any bad trainers prior to you owning it.
You can’t completely predict the personality of your future puppy, but some general tips about training the cutie will minimize your risks of ending up with a badly behaved pooch.
TEACH YOUR PUPPY NOT TO JUMP ON YOU
This is the number one tip that many new dog owners are surprised to hear. Jumping on people is a very big no-no in the world of dog training.
The most difficult part for a dog owner is to not allow their pup to jump on them when they get home or encourage them in any way, no matter how cute they may look.
You have to completely ignore your four-legged friend and go about your day as calmly as possible. You might even think about leaving and coming back in a couple of times, just to reinforce the new habit faster. Sadly, if your pup is jumping on you, chances are they will also jump on strangers and while some may think it’s adorable others won’t be so forthcoming.
Only give your pup attention when he listens to your commands and complies.
You can also train your friends to help you train your dog. Instruct your friend to ignore the attention your puppy is giving them and tell them to walk away whenever your puppy runs over to them. Instead, instruct your dog to follow your command and only give rewards when the command is performed.
TEACH YOUR PUPPY BASIC COMMANDS
Your puppy has to learn the basics before it can learn more complex commands. The dog should learn how to stay, how to sit, how to come, and – just for fun – how to give paw. Having a one word, clear command that is used at the end of a sentence is usually best. Try to avoid repeating the command or over-using it in a short period of time.
Commands are learned with consistency and over a time-period.
Your tone should be calm and positive while being assertive at the same time. Pick a certain tone and stick with it when giving commands. Once your puppy starts performing the commands start giving treats as a reward. For the first while you should give a treat every time your puppy succeeds, later on reduce the treats by giving them out sporadically.
Make sure to give the puppy a lot of praise when you’re giving the treat as well.
Teaching your puppy to sit is probably the first command you should work on with your pooch.
Repeat the exercise a number of times per day until they get the hang of it. Also if there is a habit that you are trying to get your puppy not to do, like jumping on guests when they arrive, try to employ the ‘sit command’ instead of attempting to get your puppy to not perform a certain negative action.
Once your puppy has learned this command you can move on to teaching them to stay, come, and give paw.
While these directions are not overly difficult for some puppies it is also important to add a release command to your routine.
Once you start teaching your puppy to stay, due to lack of attention span they may have difficulty developing the skills you hope for. You may get lucky and have a very attentive and obedient dog, but for the not so fortunate ones, the release command may be a lifesaver. Employing it shortly after other commands will allow your dog to periodically relax, facilitating a less stressful learning environment.
TEACH YOUR PUPPY NOT TO BARK
Small dogs especially have the tendency to bark often. If you live in a condominium or any building with thin walls you may want to learn how to get your puppy to quiet down.
The first and foremost thing your puppy should learn is barking on command. Subsequently, barking due to small noises or for any arbitrary reason will naturally subside.
The second step is to figure out why your puppy is barking so often (chances are, you’re reading this because the barking is excessive).
There are several reasons why dogs and puppies may bark frequently.
Alarm and warning barking usually occurs when the dog senses danger. A puppy may also be barking, because they are calling out for someone to play with, or out of the frustration that no will play with it. A puppy may be seeking attention, is bored, or acting out because it hasn’t exercised enough.
Figure out why your puppy may be barking and make certain that the basic needs of the dog are fulfilled. In some way you must train yourself to be a good dog owner first to make sure you are not causing the issue. Then move onto to your little one and minimize the barking by following the correct regiment and discipline.
The third step is crucial, do to not reward or punish the puppy by yelling back at it when it barks.
The main reason the puppy may become quiet for a moment following a yelling response is because they feel as though you are barking back. However, soon after, the dog will continue its’ barking because it will simply want to ‘continue the (barking) conversation’.
If, instead of yelling, you call your puppy over and pet it in an attempt to quiet it, they will take your response as a sort of reward that will reinforce the behaviour.
So the key is to reward your puppy when they perform the ‘quiet command’. And be realistic, the key to training is patience and consistency. You won’t be able to develop or change behaviour in one day, but in time your puppy will excel.