Remember in school when you asked, “Why do we have to learn this? I’ll never use it in real life.” With our school, there’s no question how our knowledge fits into your very real, everyday life. The good news?! There will be no term papers or final exam. Your pass / fail grade will be that little furry thing that keeps peeing on your carpet and chewing on your most beloved items (good thing it’s cute). But unlike your semester of PSYC 101, the average lifespan of a dog is 10 – 13 years.

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We’ve taken the time to break down everything you need to know, starting with the basics; classical conditioning and operant conditioning. (By the way, not only are these methods great for training dogs, they also work on children and husbands. But you didn’t hear it from us.)

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Which training method should you use? Find the one that works best for you and stick to it. You can also combine a few training methods such as luring and molding to teach the desired behavior. Make sure that you enjoy the training and don’t allow yourself to get too frustrated. All good things take time. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint!

Training Methods

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Don’t wait! ⠀ ⠀

A common mistake new dog owners tend to make is to WAIT until after their new puppy doubles in size and resistance, before they ever consider any type of training. It is soooo important to start laying your groundwork regarding obedience, boundaries, rules, and structure, as soon as you assume the role as your puppy’s new owner. Setting the standard while your dog is in his most impressionable growth period makes it easier on you, and less of a headache in the long run! ⠀ ⠀

When owners fail to begin training the day their new dog sets foot in their new home, the puppy literally begins to train himself. Each tiny little moment is a learning opportunity to grow. Those opportunities should be shaped by YOU. Every decision the pup is allowed to make ON HIS OWN (whether good or bad) shapes how he will make choices in the future. Everything you allow becomes fair game. Anything practiced regularly becomes habit. Habit turns into behavior. We humans need to pave that dirt road for them before we can expect them to understand how to make healthy choices by themselves. ⠀

Bad choices that get practiced over and over with little to no consequence, become habits that can turn your pup into a juvenile delinquent: jumping on guests, mouthing, demanding attention at all times, pulling on the lead, constant arousal, incessant barking, destructive chewing, resource guarding, and aggression. ⠀

Owners tend to wait until they’ve reached that final straw -  that threshold of pain and headache that they can no longer tolerate - where they consider rehoming the pet, or actually getting the help they need to take back control of their home. ⠀ ⠀

So don’t wait! The sooner you set rules and boundaries for your pup to abide by, the easier both your lives will be in the long run. Remember, this is a lifestyle, not a temporary gig. You’re training your PUPPY to be a well behaved DOG! ⠀ ⠀
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Happy Tails! 🐶🐾
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Don’t wait! ⠀ ⠀ A common mistake new dog owners tend to make is to WAIT until after their new puppy doubles in size and resistance, before they ever consider any type of training. It is soooo important to start laying your groundwork regarding obedience, boundaries, rules, and structure, as soon as you assume the role as your puppy’s new owner. Setting the standard while your dog is in his most impressionable growth period makes it easier on you, and less of a headache in the long run! ⠀ ⠀ When owners fail to begin training the day their new dog sets foot in their new home, the puppy literally begins to train himself. Each tiny little moment is a learning opportunity to grow. Those opportunities should be shaped by YOU. Every decision the pup is allowed to make ON HIS OWN (whether good or bad) shapes how he will make choices in the future. Everything you allow becomes fair game. Anything practiced regularly becomes habit. Habit turns into behavior. We humans need to pave that dirt road for them before we can expect them to understand how to make healthy choices by themselves. ⠀ Bad choices that get practiced over and over with little to no consequence, become habits that can turn your pup into a juvenile delinquent: jumping on guests, mouthing, demanding attention at all times, pulling on the lead, constant arousal, incessant barking, destructive chewing, resource guarding, and aggression. ⠀ Owners tend to wait until they’ve reached that final straw - that threshold of pain and headache that they can no longer tolerate - where they consider rehoming the pet, or actually getting the help they need to take back control of their home. ⠀ ⠀ So don’t wait! The sooner you set rules and boundaries for your pup to abide by, the easier both your lives will be in the long run. Remember, this is a lifestyle, not a temporary gig. You’re training your PUPPY to be a well behaved DOG! ⠀ ⠀ ————————— Happy Tails! 🐶🐾 —————————