Welcoming puppies into your home is a beautiful and exciting experience. However, anyone that has welcomed a puppy into their home knows that puppy training is an exercise that needs to be undertaken with caution.

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There is a lot that can go wrong when training a puppy. Many first-time puppy owners and experienced dog parents make mistakes and need help when training their dogs. This article will help you and your pup achieve your training goals and outline potential puppy training problems. 

Potty Training

There is no denying that a puppy without proper potty training will grow up to be an adult dog that does their business everywhere without regard for others.

Like the reasons potty training our children is essential, potty training your puppy is vital to ensure that you and your dog have a fruitful time together.

When potty training, it is best to keep things simple and understandable by sticking to patterns and schedules. 

Be Firm

We understand that being firm and consistent with a cute puppy might not be the easiest thing to do. They are cute, fluffy, and can make your heart melt.

That being said, you need to be firm while training your puppy. A stern “no” will let your dog know that their behaviour is not acceptable.

You do not need to be aggressive or physical; doing this will only make your dog scared of you. Be firm, but also loving towards them. 

Be Prompt

It might not be apparent to humans, but when we punish bad behaviour long after it has occurred, our dogs will not understand why they are being punished.

That being said, please try as much as possible to react to negative behaviours immediately. Do not wait until twenty minutes after your puppy chews a slipper before punishing them. 

It might send the wrong signals to our dogs. 

Consistency

When training a puppy, consistency will go a long way in helping them learn what you are trying to teach them.

You do not want to punish your dog for chewing a charger this week then not punish them when they do the same thing a week later.

Allowing negative behaviours will confuse your dog and result in them believing that specific bad actions are acceptable. 

Reward Good Behaviour

While punishing negative behaviours, it is important to reward positive behaviours to give your dog reasons to keep acting accordingly.

Positive reinforcement is among the most reliable ways to ensure that your puppy realizes when they do the right things.

You should stock up on puppy treats to reward your pup for following instructions during training

and behaving properly.   

Begging

It is natural for dogs to instinctively want to beg for food even if you feed them properly. However, it is essential to keep in mind that begging is not a positive attribute. It is best to curtail doggy begging.

Avoid your dog begging by never giving them food from the dinner table and training them to be patient, and they should not get used to human food. 

Play Biting or Teething

There are few things more natural to puppies than play biting. They have growing teeth that they are excited to try out, leading them to bite everything.

Failure to take appropriate actions when your teething puppy reaches nine months of age can result in them aggressively biting without control when they become adults.

Please do not reinforce bad habits. 

Separation Anxiety

If you are welcoming your first dog into your home, they might suffer from separation anxiety when left alone during the day.

If your puppy throws tantrums or gets upset when you leave them alone, you might want to consider reassuring them that you will always return home.

You can start by exiting your home for 10 minutes, increasing the time exponentially until they get used to your absence.