Updated: May 22, 2020
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I had one mission when I was writing this. I wanted to give you, the luckiest person on earth, the soon to be proud new owner of an adorable new puppy, everything I wished I had known before training my first puppy.
And after reading through this for the 10th time, I’m happy with what I’ve got here. And I’m sure you will be too.
In this article you are going to learn how to avoid the single most common mistake everyone makes when training their first dog, how you can develop an effective form of communication with your new pup, how to get your training done in half the time, and the key to solving every animal behavior problem you will ever encounter.
I know those are some lofty promises to open with, but I am confident I can deliver.
Why am I so confident?
Because on my mission to help as many pets and pet parents as I possibly can, I have spent countless hours training both pets and people just like you, and I have found that if you master these 3 things you will fly through training, and you will have a well trained dog in no time.
Number 1. Set them up for success.
The number one mistake most pet parents make when raising a puppy is underutilizing prevention.
To avoid this mistake is simple.
Make it nearly impossible for your dog to perform unwanted behaviors, focus on what you do want them to do, and make that the easiest and most fun option for them to choose.
A great example of this is potty training.
If you never allow your puppy out of your sight and you take them out immediately after they finish, eating, drinking, sleeping, playing, or training, it’s going to be nearly impossible for them to sneak off and have an accident.
On top of that, if you are also regularly rewarding your dog with a treat or short play session for going potty outside, you are preventing the unwanted behavior from ever developing, and you are making the desired behavior a clear and obvious choice for your pup.
Doing this will save you loads of time and will do wonders for developing the bond between you and your pup.
Especially when combined with the next secret on today’s list.
Number 2. Become a master of positive reinforcement.
Your puppy is not going to show up fully understanding and comprehending your language.
But you can teach them a bit of it, if you know how to go about it effectively.
Now of course I could totally nerd out on the topic of positive reinforcement training and how to become the Mr. Miyagi of dog training but that is far beyond the scope of this article.
So today I am just going to run through the basics.
Essentially you are going to use a sound of some type (I use the word “Yes!”) and then immediately give your dog access to something that they desire.
That could be a piece of food, a toy, a scent, a person, another dog, or anything else your dog desires.
By doing this you are selectively reinforcing behaviors you would like your dog to repeat again in the future, and thus creating an effective form of communication between you and your dog.
Then eventually you can begin to teach your dog the words for those behaviors, and in no time your dog will be reliably responding to all sorts of different verbal cues.
No joke. When you really understand and can effectively use positive reinforcement training, teaching your puppy anything will become almost effortless and happen so fast it is shocking.
And when you combine it with the final thing on today’s list, you will be unstoppable.
Number 3. Adopt a trainer’s mindset.
If you only use the first two secrets on this list you will still end up with an incredibly well behaved dog.
But this is that extra little something that will really elevate your training to the next level.
And the best part is, it’s really simple.
Take full responsibility for your dog’s training.
What I mean by that is never place blame on your dog.
If they make a mistake, think about how it occurred, why it occurred, what you can do to prevent it from reoccurring in the future, and how you can make it easier for them to be successful next time.
This simple shift in thinking will help you become a better communicator, and give you the ability to solve every pet training problem you will ever encounter.
And I know this to be true, because this is the exact process I have used to train countless animals in my career as head trainer at Hypawthesis Pet Behavior and Nutrition.
I hope you found this article helpful and of course if you have any questions about anything pet training related feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my Instagram page, I would be happy to help.
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