If you own a pup, then it is a good idea to start training it as early as possible. Proper training and socialization are among your dog’s basic needs.
As pups get older, they are more reluctant to learn commands and show obedience. Although they may understand your behaviour towards them, and build a bond with you, they may not be trained enough to either obey your commands, or to socialize with other dogs and people outside your home.
While there are dog kennels in Edmonton that do offer services in dog training, it is best to start within the confines of your own home when your dog is still a pup and not fully grown. For this, a step-wise approach is the best way to get going.
Getting started with dog training:
Basic training is imparted using playing techniques and by involving the puppy in games. This usually takes about 6 weeks and sets a solid foundation for an obedience program.
Housebreaking or potty training:
This training teaches your pup where to urinate and excrete. For this, it is advisable that you are gentle to your pup as it might dirty your house during early days. Introduce your pup to a crate, put some toys in it and keep the door open so that your pup can walk in and out.
Training to go on walks:
The city of Edmonton like others in Alberta has leash laws and therefore it is advisable to train your pup how to walk using a leash. Set aside a fixed time for a walk and slowly your pup’s biological clock will adapt to the time of the day that is earmarked for a walk. Your pup will look forward to it and enjoy.
This training serves to be very useful, especially when you are going out with your familiy for a few days and need to leave your pup or dog in dog kennels in Edmonton.
Training your pup to socialize:
Gradually introduce your pup to other dogs and to people in your family and social circle so that it is able to familiarize itself to newer people, things and places and feels at ease when exposed to them.
Clicker training for your pup:
A clicker generates a sound when pressed and it is used when your pup has successfully completed a task. A reward is given to the pup at this point. Use the clicker to give a signal to your pup that it has done well and this way it will feel motivated to do well in future too.
Training your pup to understand basic commands:
Train your pup so that it understands basic commands and learns to obey you. Once he has mastered this step, it can build up on it by learning cool tricks and antics that will keep it mentally stimulated.
Proofing behaviour and self-control training:
Train your pup to behave outside your home in the same way, as it would if it were at home. Also teach it to exercise self-control, especially when it is outside the home.
Customize your training:
You may be required to alter your training style and method, depending upon the breed of your pup. Although, the main training steps will remain unchanged, certain changes in approach might be required depending upon the breed, age, size, history of the pup.
Training a pup is an ongoing process that never quite finishes, until your pup displays signs of obedience. However, once you have given basic training to your pup and it has learnt your commands, then it is a good time to start with advanced training.
Training a pup is an akin to bringing up a child. You will experience moments of joy when your pup obeys your commands and carries out the tricks that you have taught it. The more care and finesse that you put in your training, the more trained and obedient your pup will become. Your pup and you will naturally become more closer to each other and build a long-lasting bond with each other.