Puppy Training

Tips to Socializing Your Puppy

Adding a puppy to the family is often one of the most exciting times in anyone’s life. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the new puppy snuggles and fun of having a new friend, but it’s important to remember the responsibility you have as his owner! In addition to teaching him training commands such as come, stay, sit, and rollover, another important part of what he’ll need to learn is socialization skills. Teaching him to properly interact with other dogs and humans is crucial to ensure he’ll be a happy and well-adjusted puppy. It’ll prevent him from developing fears such as riding in a car, being scared of children, acting inappropriately around house guests, etc. Proper socializing skills will help develop him into a well-mannered companion! Check out our tips to learn how you can help him in learning this important skill. 

When to Socialize 

Between the period of 7 weeks to 4 months old, your puppy goes threw a socialization period that will shape his personality and how he reacts to the outside environment as an adult. Taking advantage of this highly impressionable time is key. Exposing him to as many new places, situations, and people as possible during this time will open up his mind and make a big difference in how he’ll react in the future. 

How to Socialize 

Introduce him to new things: As a puppy, everything is new! Allowing him to explore, and introducing him to as many new sights, sounds, and smells as possible is key. Bring him to all different places, such as the beach, the playground, the woods, and let him take in the scents and sights. Allow him to meet children, seniors, boys, girls, babies, and all different types of people. Let him play with other dogs, cats, and beyond. The more you introduce him to as a puppy, the better of he’ll be! 

Make it Positive: The most important thing to remember when doing these new things with your puppy is making it a positive experience! It’s natural that he may be a little scared and apprehensive with new things, but encouraging him that it’s safe and acting excited will help him. Dogs have a great sense for reading our emotions, and if his owner is excited about it, he will be too! 

Involve Other Family Members: Since you’re trying to introduce your puppy to as many new things as possible and build his confidence, it’ll also help to have other people take part in this socialization process. If he realizes that you’ll always be there when experiencing something new, he may start to rely on you as his “safe space.” Teaching him that he may experience these things no matter who he’s with will be helpful. 

Puppy Training Classes 

As a new puppy owner, it can be overwhelming to teach your dog all these new skills on your own! Leaning on the help of a professional can be highly beneficial for you both. At Argos Dog Training, we offer group and private training sessions to help your dog learn socialization skills, among many other commands. Check out our training programs, and contact us today to get started! 


Tips to Stop Your Dog From Biting

When training your puppy, there are many commands, behaviors, and tricks he’ll need to learn. It can be overwhelming for both you and him, especially if this is your first fur friend. However, it’s important to stay consistent and teach him the necessary skills before bad habits form. For example, if you have a biter, you’ll want to nip this behavior in the bud as early as possible. We have some tips to help you to get your puppy to stop biting.

Say NO 

Although some dog trainers will tell you that using the word “no” is never the way to go. While we don’t want to scare our dogs, it is necessary to make it clear what behaviors are unacceptable. Firmly saying “no” when your dog is biting can be an effective way to get the message across. It’s important to make sure it doesn’t come off as giving him the attention that he desires.

Turn Your Back or Walk Away 

Often times if your puppy is biting you, he’s seeking attention. Therefore, if you want him to stop, it can be effective to either turn your back or walk away. Essentially, you’re giving him the cold shoulder. Once he realizes that this behavior is not giving him the attention he wants, he’ll likely stop and try a new method. 

Say Ouch

When your puppy bites you, sometimes it can be effective if you yelp or yell “ouch” in a high-pitched voice. Letting your dog know that he’s being too rough is key. He doesn’t want to hurt you, so he’ll feel bad if he thinks he did. After yelling ouch, turn away and ignore him for a short amount of time to see how he reacts. For some puppies, this can get them more riled up, so you’ll want to test this method out and see how it works. 

Contact Argos Dog Training

These are just a few of the ways you can try to get your puppy to stop biting. If you’re still having trouble with this behavior, our trainers are here to help! We offer private dog training to give your pup the one on one attention he may need. Check out the other dog training options we offer here, and get in contact with us today! 



Using Positive Reinforcement for Dog Training

Training your dog is an essential, and sometimes challenging, part of his puppy days. However,  using positive reinforcement can be a highly effective tactic during training sessions. Just as us humans like to be congratulated when we’ve done a good job on something, dogs react especially well to a little praise. It is fairly simple to use this tactic with your dog, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind in order for it to be successful. Use this guide for your next training session and see how your puppy responds!

Timing is key

It’s important to keep in mind that dogs have a short attention span. Because of this, the reward needs to be immediately following the action that you are happy with. This will allow them to associate the positive reaction with the specific behavior and they will likely remember it next time. If you, for example, wait until you go home to give them a treat, they will not remember why they are getting the treat.

How often to give treats

If you do choose to give treats as positive reinforcement, it’s a fine line you walk with how many and when they should be given. Since the end goal is to get him to do the behavior on his own without a treat, you don’t want him to become reliant and only react when he sees treats. When your dog is first learning a behavior, use “continuous reinforcement,” rewarding him every time he does the behavior. Once he starts to learn the behavior, switch to intermittent reinforcement, only rewarding him every few times. Use a variable schedule of reinforcement, so that your dog doesn’t catch on and only respond when he knows a treat is coming. If you switch it up, he will learn that if he keeps repeating the behavior, eventually the treat will come.

Be consistent

One of the most important things you can do to make training painless for you and your dog is to be consistent. If you reward your dog from staying away from the table at dinner time, but then invite him to come and eat your scraps after dinner, you will cause confusion. Your dog doesn’t have the ability to know when dinner is over, so it is unfair to assume that he can differentiate when he is allowed vs. when he is not. Layout ground rules with your family and stick to them at all times.

Contact Argos Dog Training

Positive reinforcement can be highly effective when training your dog. If you need assistance or more tips and tricks, contact the experts at Argos Dog Training!

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