Dog Training Tip: The First Thing You Should Teach Your New Addition

Dog Training Tip: The First Thing You Should Teach Your New Addition

The answer is simple – training. And lots of it! But how can you train your dog if you don’t get past one of the basics?

Adding a dog to your family is full of rewards – but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with its own challenges.
The biggest one we hear from our clients is revolve around behavior. How will their dog learn to go to the bathroom outdoors? How can the dog be taught to come, sit or stop? How will the dog learn to play ball?
The answer is simple – training. And lots of it! But how can you train your dog if you don’t get past one of the basics?
“Name” is the first thing you should teach. A terrific way to establish trust AND good behavior on the first day is to teach your new puppy or shelter dog his name.
Some puppies may be too young, but shelter dogs especially benefit from this exercise, whether you give them a new name or the shelter has already named him, chances are it’s all pretty new.
Here’s how you teach your new pup their name:
• While you are calmly petting your dog begin to stroke his head
• While you stroke his head say his “name”
• Right after his name say “good boy”
• Repeat numerous times in a calm and soothing way
• Encourage family members to do the same
As with any dog training, repetition is key. Be sure to practice this several times a day so that the name sticks. When talk to your dog for any reason – food, outside trips, or just for affection – always use their name so that it’s reinforced. Fido will have his name down in no time!
More tips like this are available in our e-book “How To: Start Your Dog Out Right (For a Happy, Healthy and Well Behaved Life): A Guide for Acclimating Your New Friend to A New Life.” You can order a copy online by clicking here.
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