If you want to have a well trained dog, then you will need to start your dog training methods as soon as you bring them home. This is the best way for your dog to learn the manners that you expect quickly and easily, but also will help them to have an easier time learning your expectations. When you don’t train your puppy from the time you get them, they might not know what you expect of them.
In the past, dog training methods included punishment methods when training puppies, and many trainers wouldn’t start training dogs until they were six months old. Part of the reason for the age requirement had to do with punishments because puppies who were too young or too little couldn’t be punished with the methods required.
The thing is that many dog trainers are beginning to realize is that by the time puppies are six months old, they can usually ignore commands. Often, dogs that are six months old are difficult to train. For this reason, many trainers recommend that you begin teaching your puppy the basics right from day one.
In the past 20 years, dog trainers have become much nicer and loving when it comes to dog training. They are beginning to embrace showing their dogs love and offering positive reinforcement in puppy training techniques instead of punishments. Many times, you will find that trainers will take puppies who are as little as eight or 10 weeks old and this can go a long way in teaching your puppy to be polite with other puppies and begin having good manners.
In addition to socializing puppies early on, you will find that trainers encourage the use of positive reinforcement, through treats, love and play, instead of punishment and negative reinforcement that was previously used with their dog training methods. When your puppy is this little, he can still learn how to sit, stay, come and lie down and you will be surprised at how quickly they can master these techniques. You can also teach very young puppies to relax and be polite when greeting people.
Another thing that you might find fun when it comes to puppy training these days is the way owners are so much more involved with the training of their puppies and how interactive it is. You will find that there are many dog training programs, which encourages more bonding and interaction between you and your puppy, and also a stronger training base. Whatever your dog training methods are, give your dog the love and praise it deserves.