Easy Puppy Training: 4 Things You Must Do Correctly

Is it simple to train a puppy?

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Your puppy’s job is to experiment with everything. Your job is to give everything a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. This is the most effective way for puppies to learn.

The majority of people find it more difficult than they anticipated. Usually, they attribute this to a puppy’s deficiency. He’s so stubborn… he won’t listen… he nips the kids… he pees on the floor… he flees outside…

What they don’t know is that puppies are supposed to do a lot of different things, and their owners have to respond to them in the right way.

Otherwise, the pup will form bad habits, making training more difficult.

However, you don’t have to struggle with your puppy’s training. By doing four simple things, you can change your puppy’s behavior and make training easier right now.

Just keep in mind that responding appropriately to everything your puppy does often necessitates a shift in how you live with (and interact with) the puppy.

Adding a puppy to your family necessitates making canine-friendly changes to your home, yard, and way of life. Some changes are required for all puppies, while others are age, size, or breed-specific.

There are 4 ways to make puppy training easier.

1) Confining your puppy whenever you are not interacting with him is the first way to make puppy training easier.

When you don’t let your puppy loose in your house, it’s easier to train him.

Controlling your puppy’s movements in the house is the first step toward indoor calmness and better behavior.

Puppies should never be allowed to roam around the house unsupervised. Puppies who are allowed to roam freely in the house are more likely to develop bad habits like excitability, destructive chewing, and elimination on the floor. Worse yet, the pup is in danger of swallowing something that will cause a life-threatening impact.

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If the puppy isn’t being closely supervised, he should be safely confined. Then he won’t get into bad habits or swallow something dangerous.

Being let loose in the house should be a slowly earned privilege—after the puppy has matured (at least 10 months old), is completely housebroken (no accidents), is calm and quiet indoors, has learned all of your household’s rules and routines, and has no behavioral issues.

You may believe that this is a long time to wait. Your pup, on the other hand, will be with you for 10 to 15 years. You can afford to be extra careful for just one or two of those years, making sure that the rest of the years aren’t going to be bad.

How to keep your puppy’s movements under control indoors:

  • When you’re not interacting with him, he should be in a crate or wire pen if he isn’t completely housebroken.
  • If he is completely housebroken, confine him to the same room as you (using portable baby gates). Alternatively, keep him on a leash and force him to follow you around the house while you do chores or sit with you while you watch TV, read a book, or check your email.

2) A focus on calmness is the second way to make puppy training easier.

When you encourage a puppy to be calm and discourage excitability, it’s easier to train him. Especially when you’re inside!

Almost never do I find a calm, relaxed pup who is eager to learn when I’m called in for a behavioral consultation. Instead, I find the pup barking out the windows, rushing to the door when the doorbell rings, jumping on people, bounding across the furniture, attacking the vacuum cleaner, yanking on the leash, and darting through doors ahead of the owner.

All training is built on the foundation of calmness, both physical and mental. It’s easier to get good behavior from a pup who understands how to stop moving and focus on you.

On the other hand, getting good behavior from an excitable and reactive puppy is more difficult. By excitable and reactive, I mean a pup who is easily aroused, reacts quickly to whatever he sees or hears and doesn’t relax unless he’s asleep.

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Calmness (both physical and mental) facilitates training. When humans or dogs are overstimulated, they are unable to learn much.

How to Teach Your Puppy to Be Calm:

  • When you’re not interacting with him, confine him (see #1 above).
  • Teach the words “no” and “yes,” as well as “acceptance of handling” and “walking nicely on a leash.” Waiting instead of rushing through open doors and gates, Sit-Stay, and the most effective technique for teaching calmness: the Place command, which teaches the pup to go to his dog bed and stay there until given permission; this valuable exercise teaches calmness, impulse control, and physical and mental relaxation.
  • Indoors, gently but firmly correct excitable or reactive behaviors.

3) Teaching Everything on My Puppy Training Schedule is the third way to make puppy training easier.

It’s much easier to train a puppy if you teach all of the skills on my list rather than just a few and ignore the rest.

You might be tempted to focus on commands (such as “Come”) while allowing the pup to run around inside, bark at visitors, jump on people, demand petting and attention, and pull on the leash.

It’s not going to work like that.

Allowing excitable, impulsive, or disrespectful behavior reinforces the excitable, impulsive, and disrespectful mindset in a puppy. This mental state is stressful for a puppy to live with, and it almost guarantees that the puppy will develop more behavioral issues in the future.

As a result, make a commitment to working on each skill on the list. They’re all crucial in promoting calm, respectful behavior while discouraging excitable or disrespectful behavior.

4) The alternative training method is a fourth way to make puppy training easier.

When you use a balanced training method based on respect and leadership, it’s easier to train a puppy.
If you use the right training method, your puppy will be happy to let you decide what he can and can’t do in your family.

When you use the incorrect training method, your puppy will begin to make decisions about how you should fit into his life. That’s a recipe for squabbles and bad behavior.

So, what’s the best way to train puppies?

Training that is well-balanced. You reward the good and chastise the bad. Because you tell your pup “yes” for some behaviors and “no” for others, it’s sometimes called “Yes & No Training.” It’s the ideal training method for dogs, as it corresponds to their natural learning style.

  • If you attach a reward (something your dog enjoys) to a behavior you want him to repeat (e.g., greeting guests politely, standing still while you brush him, going to the bathroom in the proper location), he’ll be more likely to do so.
  • If you add your pup’s behavior (something he dislikes) to a behavior you don’t want him to repeat (jumping on people, barking, chasing the cat), he’ll be less likely to do it again.

To make wise decisions, your puppy needs both thumbs-up and thumbs-down feedback.

It gets better…

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When a puppy is taught to respect you, he or she will pay special attention to you.

Not only is my training method balanced, but it is also based on respect and leadership.

  • Yes and No – a well-balanced answer
  • Leadership & Respect

Demonstrate to your puppy that you are in charge of his life and that he should trust you for guidance and direction.

That is what leadership is all about.

Your puppy will be very happy to be a respectful follower if you are a calm, confident, and consistent leader.

I’m very happy. The vast majority of dogs aspire to be herding dogs. They do, however, expect you to live up to your leadership responsibilities. If you don’t, well, let’s just say…

If you don’t treat your puppy with respect, he or she may know a lot of words and commands but refuse to obey them. I’m sure you know someone who claims their dog “understands” them but doesn’t follow their instructions.

You can make a huge difference in your puppy’s behavior by giving him balanced training that emphasizes respect and leadership.


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