Training Tips

Setting Your Puppy Up For Success

Getting a brand new puppy can be a very exciting time. At first, it is so easy to get wrapped up in puppy snuggles all day, cooing over how adorable your new furry friend is. However, it won’t be long before that initial excitement wears off, and you realize your dog has already picked up some bad habits. Of course, professional training can help with obedience skills, but there are a few things you can do right off the bat to get your puppy on the right track. Set your puppy up for success before he even enters your home by following these few simples tips.

  1. Choose a name wisely- The name can be the hardest part. You want to choose a name that you’ll love, but also something that will be beneficial for training purposes. Try to pick a name that has a strong consonant at the end, so he can always hear it clearly. Emphasizing a strong ending, such as Cooper, Jack, or Scout, will perk up your puppy’s ears.
  2. Decide on house rules- Before you bring your new friend home, set clear rules on what he can and can’t do. Will he be allowed in your bed or on furniture? Are certain parts of the house off limits? Where will the puppy sleep? Can the puppy eat scraps from the dinner table? If you set these rules from day 1, it will avoid confusion in the future for you and your puppy. It will be easier to start on a good note than to correct poor behaviors later!
  3. Teach him to come when called- This is the first command that you should focus on mastering with your dog. Be sure to use positive reinforcement throughout this process. As time goes on, you’ll see the benefits of learning this command early on in his life.
  4. Discourage the jump up- Puppies are often just excited to be settled into their new homes as you are, and love to jump up when greeting people. However, you’ll realize this is a bad habit to develop when your dog is jumping all over everyone in the park a few months down the road. So when your dog jumps up, try completely ignoring him. Do not reprimand, but simply give him no attention or praise by patting him when he is in a jumping up position. Wait until he returns to the ground and settles before acknowledging him.
  5. End training sessions positively- Positive reinforcement always goes over well with your puppy. At the end of a training session, be sure to treat him with lots of praise, a treat, or belly rub. This enforces that the behaviors he has performed are associated with positive results, and he will be likely to do them in the future.

Contact Argos Dog Training

These few tips are a great place to start for getting your puppy on the right track. For more structured and advanced obedience courses, contact Argos Dog Training! We offer basic leash manners, basic communications, puppy day-care and more.

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Dog training teaches me to control my emotions.

If a dog misbehaves,
I do not have to get angry,
I can be calm and act rationally.

If a dog threatens me,
I do not have to be afraid,
I can be prepared.

If a dog is cute,
I don’t have to let it melt me into a love puddle and spoil them,
I can still be steady and hold them responsible for what I have taught them.

If a dog is dense,
I do not have to get frustrated,
I can go slow and be patient.

I take this practice and apply it to all forms of life.
(To the best of my limited abilities.)

Happy New Year!!!

Martin Wright

From: The Unwritten Book of Mostly Useless Ideas Pertaining to Dogs and Dog behavior.

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The Leash Is A Safety Net

The leash is a safety net. It is not a tool to make things happen. The ultimate goal is not to NEED the leash.

So, notice everything that you do with your leash.
Don’t pull your dog around with your leash.
Get your dog’s attention and convince her to do what you would like her to do without using your leash man handle her, or to force her. Use your leash as little as possible.

The leash is a tool, the word leash here can be substituted for any tool. (treats, head halter, etc.)

Be aware. Be curious. Be manipulative. Be convincing. Be grateful. Be strong. Be smart. Be in-charge.

I am not saying take your dog-in-training off the leash. I am saying keep the leash on but use it less and less to get your way, because the less that you do the more your dog has to do.

Martin Wright
From: The Unwritten Book of Mostly Useless Ideas Pertaining to Dogs and Dog Behavior.

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Fireworks & Dogs

I will predict the future.

People will set off fireworks before Fourth of July and stop lighting them around the start of fall. More dogs will run away around 4th of July than any other time during the year. Lot of dogs will suffer from anxiety and stress throughout the fireworks season.

One solution.

Get a app or recording of fireworks sounds. Start playing it when you get home from work or when your dog is eating dinner. Start with it quiet and play with your dog, or massage your dog and help them to relax while hearing those sounds. Keep the mood fun and light. Turn up the volume a very little everyday until one day you are blasting it. Then start to play it quietly and loudly at random times, always while doing things that are enjoyable to the dog. When your dog notices the sound you ignore the sound and Enjoy Your Dog!!! Learn what is to loud and set your dog up for success.

That is how associations works, we have the power to take a negative and make it a positive by our will and behavior. We have a lot of influence over associations if we are conscious and prepare. The problem is most people don’t. Most people will read this think is a good idea and do nothing.

That to me is sad.

Martin Wright
From: The Unwritten Book of Mostly Useless Ideas Pertaining to Dogs and Dog Behavior.

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