We are often asked by clients at what age they should start training a puppy. The answer is immediately! We have listed some quick tips on the steps to training and maintaining an obedient and balanced dog from the outset.
New puppy owners often make the mistake of endlessly worrying about finding the right accessories, puppy treats, or bed etc. They spend little or no time thinking about how or what they will teach their new puppy. Yes, a puppy needs nutritious food and a safe, warm place to live, but another equally powerful and important biological necessity is the need for a strong pack leader.
Be the Pack Leader
Puppies are naturally hard-wired to follow a pack leader. A pack leader is, by definition, strong, stable, and consistent; traits many new puppy owners forget. Many of my clients are strong leaders in their jobs, but when they come home, they turn to mush with their dogs. Then they come to me puzzled as to why their dog won’t behave.
Puppies somehow know our confidence levels and will take control if they perceive us as weak. When this happens, bad behaviors, such as excessive barking, chewing, lead-pulling, or anxiety, will develop.
The most important thing you can do is become your puppy’s pack leader. This role doesn’t begin when your dog is six months old or when he’s bad; it should be maintained throughout the entire dog training experience. For your new puppy to grow into a healthy, balanced dog, you must demonstrate leadership from day one.
Of course training can start at any age, so it’s never too late to start your dog on the basics as it’s the foundation of any more advanced training.
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