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How to Train your puppy

How to Train your puppy

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Fetch this, fetch that… does it make any sense? I could always get my slippers by myself. Do I need to train my puppy and future dog companion to do all these typical tasks? He/she seems to be doing fine without any training and enjoying his /her dog life. No need for any training at all; life is too short anyway to transform it into a robot.

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If you are one of the dog owners thinking as above maybe it’s the time to reconsider; dog training does not only involve fetching things and it surely gives both (i.e. owner and puppy) a lot more that shall help both during their course of life. If you also expect your puppy to be self-trained as it grows… well, you know miracles happen but, what are the chances for this happening to your dog?The first step regarding dog training is a decision that has to be taken and followed by the owner. Owners should understand that dog training can be of their advantage at least for the following reasons:

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Barking issue: It’s a universal issue for dog owners and mostly for their ‘lovely’ neighbors who, well, did not chose to own a noisy little fella. Barking and, mostly, excessive barking at times not appropriate at all and to other people is a behavior that can’t be tolerated and has to be addressed properly.
Jumping on all people: I believe that you do not want your precious one to jump on everyone he/she sees. No matter how cute they are when at puppy age and light weighted, you probably don’t want this bad habit to exist when your puppy becomes a grown up dog (imagine your little Dalmatian growing big and jumping on auntie Cruella… would she be right then?)
Mental stimulation: Even simple commands such as ‘sit’, ‘stay’, ‘down’ etc. help your puppy develop its mind together with its body. As the Roman poet Juvenal says: “mens sana in corpore sano” (a healthy mind goes with a healthy body). You do want your companion to be healthy don’t you? If yes, proper stimulation has to take place; this can be done only through training.

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For the above named, all of you dog owners should consider giving your dogs at puppy age a proper training. An experienced professional could always handle the case but, if you can’t afford one, you should dedicate a little of your time to perform this task. You don’t need to train the little one to jump through flaming circles; you just need to train it to behave correctly, to being nice and sociable.

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There is a series of training methods. From the traditional and not advisable anymore ‘jerk & push’ one to the contemporaneous and more gentle ones like ‘clicker’ training and ‘reward’ training. It’s up to you to choose the most suitable one that shall be easy going for both yourself and your puppy. When you see the first effects of training (i.e. when the young fella sits when you tell him/her to), you shall understand how important it is for both; in a while you’ll see no jumping on visitors, no dashing through the door etc.

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