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If you get a puppy, you need to begin training as soon as possible, but you should do it in a gentle manner.
First, you need to acquire your puppy’s trust so he can start taking in what you teach him. Keep in mind that puppies are similar to children in that they have developing bodies, limited attention spans, and will only learn things when the settings are ideal and when they fully comprehend what it is that you are attempting to teach them.
Having said that, the best time to begin training dogs is as soon as possible. To be more exact, it is preferable to begin “socialization” with the dog when it is 8 weeks old, teach it basic commands like “come” and “sit” when it is 12 weeks old, and begin more rigorous training when the dog is between 5 and 6 months old.
When it comes to obedience training, the best time to start is between between 9 and 12 weeks of age. Some early training can be done as soon as you bring your puppy home, but the optimal time to start is somewhere around the middle.
It is important to keep in mind that training may encompass a wide variety of subjects; however, I am not advising that you start teaching your puppy for agility competitions when it is just 8 weeks old. Your dog’s training should begin with the fundamentals, such as telling him “No!” and starting the house-training process.
The next step is teaching your puppy social skills. According to the experts, the greatest period for your puppy to acquire socialization skills is between the ages of 3 and 16 weeks. This is the best time to ensure that your puppy will grow into a well-adjusted adult.
It’s important to keep in mind that the goal of socialization isn’t to teach your dog how to use the appropriate cutlery at the table; rather, it’s to instill in him the confidence to behave appropriately in any social setting he may find himself in. This is one of the most important and lifelong lessons you can impart on your pet.
A dog that has had enough socialization will be able to deal calmly and effectively with all kinds of people and circumstances, even brand-new ones. Your dog will have little to no fear of most items, people, or other animals if it has the right social skills, and even if it is startled, it will recover fast and won’t panic if it has these qualities.
To boil it all down, a dog that is considered to be well-adjusted is one that is at ease in a wide range of environments and social settings. In an unfamiliar environment, he could feel exhilarated, but fear is not one of his emotions. The most important thing to remember is to give your dog happy experiences as you gradually introduce him to different environments.
Even if you just spend five to ten minutes a day teaching your puppy from the day you bring him home, you will see a significant improvement in your dog’s capacity to interact with others and adapt to new situations.
Remember that puppies have extremely short attention spans, so try to make your training as brief and entertaining as possible. How limited is your ability to focus? The answer to that question is going to vary according to the breed of the puppy, its age, and how developed it already is; nevertheless, a good general guideline is to keep the training sessions within the range of five to ten minutes.
You should start teaching your puppy basic instructions such as sit, heel, down, and so on somewhere between the ages of three and six months, depending on how old your puppy is and how mature they are. These commands include sit, heel, and so on.
I don’t anticipate a puppy to react to the basic commands with any degree of regularity until they reach the age of six months, so it is crucial that you have reasonable expectations about your dog’s skills at this stage. It is important that you have these expectations.
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