Step 1- be in charge.
Step 2- stay consistent.
Step 3- meet their physical and emotional needs.
Sounds easy right? It is actually. I spoke with a nice guy yesterday who had done his research and his reading. He read books by Ian Dunbar, Patricia McConnell – great authors which you can purchase at www.DogWise.com. What did he learn? Force isn’t required with puppies.
To meet goal #1, be in charge, start by having your pup follow you around (not the other way) with a lead or some cheerio rewards. Ask for sits before petting, playing, going outside, coming out of hte crate, eating dinner – its the easy way to teach “please”.
Goal #2, consistency. Make up rules, whatever they are, and follow them 100% of the time. If you give in 1 out of 10 times then the dog learns that there is a chance to get away with whatever it is. Lets say its jumping. The dog jumps, you ignore the pup for 30 seconds. Every time! that means if you are sitting on the floor, standing, outside, 100% consistency.
Goal #3,meeting their needs. Often times people think this means exercise, exercise. It doesn’t! Puppies do not need to run that much, or walk that much. 10 minutes two times a day is typically adequate for a young puppy (under 14 weeks). Meeting their needs means exposing them to new things daily, challenging their every sense and giving them mental stimulation. Make them use their brains – try buster cubes, kongs, hide and seek, find it, or learn a new trick. My favorite game is called 101 things to do with a box. More about that one later!
Good luck and happy dog training.