Common Mistakes Made During Puppy Training
Bringing a new puppy into your life is exciting but without an understanding of the do’s and don'ts of puppy training things won’t exactly go as planned. By avoiding the most common puppy training errors owners make you can increase the odds of enjoying the experience and nurturing your puppy into adulthood, well-behaved.
Waiting Too Long To Begin Training Your Puppy
Puppies are capable of learning basic obedience commands from as early as eight weeks old, essentially the moment they’re through your front door they can begin their training. It’s common for puppy owners to overlook this - thinking that the only training their puppy needs is house training.
Simple obedience commands such as sit, stay, down and come will prove to be useful in maintaining a well-behaved puppy into adulthood. So the lesson here, start your training right away!
Too Much Independence
Puppies are extremely curious. If allowed, they’ll wander through every room and investigate it until satisfied. If you give your puppy too much independence they will inevitably get themselves into trouble, including destroying clothing, chewing on wiring, or eliminating in one of your rooms. The easiest way to prevent this from happening? Ensure that your puppy is either with you or in their crate where you can keep a close eye on them.
Failing to Establish A Routine
Puppies learn best when they have a routine to stick to. Knowing when they will eat, walk, play and sleep boosts your puppies confidence and gives them something to look forward to each day. For puppies, creating a reliable routine around feeding, walking, eliminating and playing helps to prevent accidents from happening, and behavioural mishaps that can be stressful for both you and your puppy.
Pushing a Puppy’s Face in Their Mess
A puppy has no idea what you’re teaching them when you push their face into their own mess, other than to fear you. Furthermore, this can often encourage puppies to do their business in hidden areas of the house, such as cupboards to avoid being seen. This is where crate training can often save the day
. By nature, puppies are very clean and want to be about as close to their urine-soaked space as much as you do, which means they’re more likely to alert you to the fact that they need to go to the toilet rather than have an accident in your house.
This section can then provide an internal link to the article The Ultimate Guide To Crate Training Your Puppy (2021).
Scolding Your Puppy
If you see your puppy misbehaving, or simply come across a mess in the hallway it’s important to remain calm, and avoid expressing any negative behaviour towards your puppy. Puppies have a poor sense of time and will struggle to understand what they’re being punished for if you get angry with them an hour after the fact. The best thing to do is clean up the mess thoroughly, making sure your puppy doesn’t return to the scene of the crime and feel inclined to eliminate in the same area twice. Instead, return your puppy to their crate and reduce their independence for the time being. Remember your puppy is still learning and is bound to make mistakes, scolding them will only draw out the learning process.
Failing To Properly Puppy Proof Your Home
As we said, puppies are curious and extremely likely to get into anything left unattended, including shoes, socks, underwear, toys - you get the picture. It’s a common mistake to forget how inquisitive and scent-driven puppies are, not to mention going through their teething stage and are inclined to chew absolutely everything. Puppy-proofing your home is an essential preparation task that needs to happen before your puppy is brought inside. By puppy-proofing, we mean removing clothes, and loose objects that your puppy can reach or knock over as well as hiding loose cables that they’re likely to chew.
It’s important to start training your puppy as soon as possible to better prepare your puppy for adulthood. Teaching your puppy basic obedience commands gives your puppy the freedom to explore, go on adventures, socialise and live a healthy, active life.
To reiterate, the most important factor of training a puppy is to remember to have fun and to use plenty of positive reinforcement, combined with reward-based training to encourage and excite your puppy about each and every training session