Dog Training 101

A dog can be trained at any age, but it is best to start the training as quickly and efficiently as possible. Good manners and behavior will stick with attention and repetition so staying committed to your dog will lead to success!

Training your Pet on a Pet Fence

When training your pet or putting your pet on a pet fence, you should wait until the puppy has become acclimated to their new surroundings and is at least 12-14 weeks old. Acclimation to their new environment and distancing themselves from their mother and siblings takes at least 2 weeks. The focus of a puppy also improves with encouragement and is much better by 12-14 weeks.

Leash Training

In the meantime, you can be working with your puppy on leash training – a very important element in walking your dog and training your dog on a pet fence.

  1. The first step here is allowing your pet to get accustomed to wearing a collar. Just like wearing a new necklace for the first time, it takes some time getting used to wearing. Allow them to wear it around and get comfortable keeping it on loosely for a week or so.
  2. Attach the leash for little bits at a time for a few days to next get them adjusted to wearing the leash with the collar.
  3. Teach them to come to you. Use the tactic of a treat – say the word “treat”, holding it out for them to come get (wearing their collar and leash) as you back away a few steps and reward them with the treat when they reach you. Continue practicing this to teach them to not only come to you, but also continue to adjust to wearing their leash and collar.
  4. Take it outside. Try your first walk with your pet – how fun!

Pulling: If your dog starts pulling in the other direction, turn yourself into a “tree”. Stand very still and refuse to move until your dog comes back to you.

Lunging: If your dog is going after something while on a walk, create space between you and the target. This type of behavior is more common in herding breeds, which like to chase.

Barking: Some dogs have the habit of barking at other dogs while on a walk. Oftentimes, this behavior comes as a result of lack of exercise. Make sure your dog gets the proper amount of mental and physical stimulation for his breed. If this is still a problem, use the same process as you would if your dog is lunging.

Remember…

Your new pet is really a puppy until it reaches 2 years old. Don’t expect a perfect pet right away and don’t be hard on yourself or the puppy. All good behavior comes with repetition in training, after all, they are learning to memorize and mimic behavior. Take your time, don’t stress the puppy or yourself. Work one hour a day with your new fur baby and before you know it, they will be so well-behaved that you will forget about Puppy Training all-together (not likely but you will at least laugh about it)!

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