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Positive Reinforcement Puppy Training

Puppy obedience training doesn’t have to be an uphill struggle and one of the best methods is positive reinforcement training.

Positive Reinforcement Puppy Training
Positive Reinforcement Puppy Training

This simply means praising and rewarding your puppy for good behaviour and ignoring the bad behaviour.

Ok if this sounds like you will be letting your puppy get away with being naughty then you are wrong.

If for instance you shout and yell at your puppy when he has an accident on the carpet, how do you think this will affect your puppy? It will make him nervous and resentful and he will not want to cooperate with you.

If you tell your puppy off after the event, he won't know why you are yelling at him because puppies only live in the present moment and will have long forgotten about what happen 10 minutes ago.

Shouting and yelling at your puppy is not a pleasant thing to do and you are not really a bully, are you? Put yourself in your puppy’s place for a moment.

Imagine your puppy is having a lovely little nap and suddenly he is rudely awoken by his angry mistress yelling and shouting at him. He is now feeling very frightened and bemused.

Why is his usually kind mistress shouting and being rough with him. The poor little pup will not realise you are angry because he had previously done a big puddle on the carpet, he will have long forgotten about it.

If on the other hand you took your puppy outside to his toilet area at regular intervals and gave him praise when he did his business, he would soon get the message that your were pleased with him for using his toilet area and that was the place where he should go to potty.

Another example of positive reinforcement training is if your puppy is being naughty and barking at you for attention.

You should remain calm and ignore his barking, but when he stops barking you can reward him for stopping barking.

This will reinforce his good behaviour and take the attention away from his bad behaviour.

He will soon get to know that by stopping barking he will get your attention and be rewarded.

Rewards don’t always have to be food treats. Rewards can also be puppy toys, praise and cuddles.

Puppies love to have praise and attention, so by using positive reinforcement puppy training you will find your puppy will do his best to please you.

With patience and persistence you will soon have a well behaved puppy who will be a valued and loyal member of the family.