Many new puppy parents assume that training their puppy amounts to making sure the little guy doesn’t pee on the rug. But the fact of the matter is that puppies need their human parents to teach them the rules of living life. “Behaving” themselves actually does not come naturally to puppies, but the good news is that your new fur baby is eager to learn and please you!
There are many areas of life that come with rules that your puppy will have to learn. Those include:
- Basic house rules
- Basic house boundaries
- Off-limits rooms, furniture, and other areas
- Communication and understanding your verbal commands & instructions
- Etiquette of interacting with houseguests
- Etiquette of interacting with children, other dogs, other animals
- Acceptable behavior in public, during walks and at the dog park
If this sounds like a tall order to you, you aren’t alone. Properly training your puppy is literally a full-time job! But it’s worth all the effort you’ll put in. Having a dog that you can communicate with because he understands you and understands what is expected of him is the greatest gift in the world!
You don’t have to become a professional dog trainer in order to thoroughly train your puppy. In fact, training your puppy in many of the areas above will happen organically as you live life day-to-day with your fur baby!
That being said, you might appreciate or need a little help training your puppy. This is where enrolling in puppy training classes can really come in handy. In this blog, PuppyBuddy is going to lay out the benefits of investing in puppy training.
1) PUPPY TRAINING IS A BONDING EXPERIENCE
There are a few different kinds of dog training courses out there. Some dog training classes are specifically for older, unruly dogs. For these classes, the owner drops their dog off and the dog is trained one-on-one by a professional. This type of class is best for people who adopt rescue dogs, for example, that may have behavioral problems that the owner cannot get under control. These classes or courses can be ongoing and the owner is charged per session. This way, the dog can continue being trained as long as it takes.
Another type of dog training course is for puppies and places an emphasis on puppy-owner bonding and socialization. This type of puppy training course is the most appropriate for you if you’ve recently taken home your fur baby. And this is the type of training course that we’re going to focus on in this article.
Puppy training courses like this are not the kind where the owner drops their dog off to be trained one-on-one by a professional. Instead, the classes are for you and your puppy to attend together. The professional trainer will actually train you how to communicate with and control your puppy!
This can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pup. And it gets even better. These classes are group classes where your puppy will be exposed to other puppies and their owners. This added layer of socialization can enrich your puppy’s development.
Typically, puppy training courses of this nature have a fixed number of classes and you pay for the entire course. Generally, a puppy training course is 6 weeks long, but you may find courses out there that are longer or shorter depending on the curriculum that’s being offered.
2) PUPPY TRAINING WILL ENSURE YOUR PUPPY WILL BECOME THE BEST ROOMMATE EVER
As we briefly touched upon in the intro of this article, the behavior that comes naturally to a puppy is not always appropriate in a domestic setting. In other words, your puppy is kind of a wild animal, and hypothetically, if he goes untrained, you will not appreciate living with him long term! This isn’t a condemnation, it’s simply a fact. And it’s also one of the best reasons to take your puppy to a puppy training course. These kinds of courses will ensure that you receive the best toolset to train your puppy at home so that he’s sure to quickly grow into a respectful, helpful companion.
The specific curriculum of the puppy training course will depend on the facility. We recommend that if you’re calling around to find the best puppy training class for you that you ask as many questions as possible, especially those that address any challenges you’ve been facing with your new furry friend.
Questions to ask a puppy training company before enrolling:
- How many weeks and how many classes per week is the whole course?
- How long is each class?
- What supplies do I need to bring? i.e. leash, toys, treats, poop bags
- What will my puppy learn?
- Are the classes inside, outside, or both?
Generally speaking, the following are typically included in most puppy training courses:
- Basic command training, i.e. down, sit, stay, roll over, come, leave it, etc.
- Behaving calmly around others, i.e. controlling impulses
- Preventing unwanted behavior, i.e. refraining from jumping up
- Toilet training
- Walking on a loose or long leash, i.e. dynamic impulse control
- Behaving relaxed, comfortable, and calm while being handled
- No nipping, biting, and how to train your puppy not to nip and bite
- Puppy owner general education to equip you to continue to train your puppy!
Whatever puppy training course you choose, you can expect the organization to use “reward based training” otherwise known as “positive reinforcement training.” This means that only good behavior and correctly obeying is rewarded. If and when your puppy fails to control himself, behaves badly, or doesn’t obey, then he receives no reward and is not permitted to continue until he holds still and gives you his full attention.
Reward-based puppy training is by far the most effective form of training, and will ensure that your puppy becomes the best roommate and companion ever! Using punishments has been proven not to work with dogs, and so this type of training has been discontinued. That being said, there may be times when negative reinforcement may need to be used, but this probably won’t occur during the puppy training course classes.
You would use negative reinforcements, or providing an experience your puppy doesn’t want, in order to reinforce the point that your puppy shouldn’t behave in a certain way.
For example, if you don’t want your puppy to jump up on people and you tell him “no,” but he ignores you and continues to jump up, then you’ll need to reinforce your “no” by putting him in his crate. By putting him in his crate after he has repeatedly jumped up despite you saying “no!” many times, he will finally understand that it never pays to ignore you and continue unwanted behavior.
To wrap up this section, the main takeaway is that you proceed with love and perseverance as you train your puppy both at the training course of your choosing and also at home. By putting in the effort, not cutting corners, and properly training your puppy, you will end up with an adult dog who is not only respectful and protectful, but also the best roommate in the world!
3) TRAINING WILL ENSURE YOUR DOG’S LONG-TERM SAFETY
Both the home and the world are filled with things that can be hazardous to dogs. Everything from chocolate candy, chewing gum with Xylitol, and antifreeze that leaks onto driveways, sidewalks, and streets throughout the winter, can harm your furry friend no matter how old and large he becomes!
Hands-down, the best way to keep your puppy safe for his entire life is to train him to obey your commands no matter what, even if you’re not around! This way, he’ll know never to eat chocolate, for example, because you will train him that chocolate is not for him. He will never forget the smell of chocolate and always avoid it because he loves you!
This is one example of dozens that will keep him safe. Training your puppy not to chase cars, not to eat things he shouldn’t, and not to go past the boundaries you specify, will keep him safe for his entire life.
PuppyBuddy cares about our puppies and the new puppy parents that bring our furry friends home. We equip our new puppy parents with a free 6-week puppy training course. This complimentary program unfolds over the course of 6 weeks and will fully equip you to continue to train and work with your puppy even after the PuppyBuddy training has concluded.
Here is what is included in PuppyBuddy’s 6-week Puppy Training Course:
Introduction of trainer and background
Explanation of what positive reinforcement is
Explanation of positive markers, negative markers, and rewards
Focus (look) command
Sit and release command
Potty training, chewing, mouthing, barking, jumping
Go to place
Come when called
Come when called with leave it
Give me paw / high five
Review of all previous commands that have been taught in the course
Basic obedience test
Explanation of what is taught in the Advanced Training course, which you may want your puppy to attend, and why it is important to continue your puppy’s education and training
4) A TRAINED PUPPY IS A CONFIDENT PUPPY
Puppyhood only lasts 8 months, which can really fly by when you’re in the company of an adorable puppy! These months are critical when it comes to training. They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But really the expression should be, when puppies learn good habits, it lasts a lifetime!
When a puppy understands the behavior that is acceptable to you, he will be more confident and better fulfill your wishes, because he’s experienced through training the great rewards of pleasing you. Confident dogs do not suffer from unhealthy, displaced, or unwarranted fears. By removing inappropriate fears, the risk of “defensive” behavior is also removed. Defensive behavior can be a hazard, because defensive dogs may bite others to protect themselves. This is just another fantastic reason to invest in a puppy training course for your puppy. Not only will the training eliminate unwanted behaviors, but even more importantly, it will instill good behaviors!
Training your puppy to have good habits is no easy feat, and consistently good behavior won’t happen overnight. But it can happen within 8 months. In fact, the majority of things your puppy must learn, such as how to communicate his need to go to the bathroom, can be accomplished in only a few months!
5) LONG TERM BENEFITS OF PUPPYBUDDY’S PUPPY TRAINING
One of the greatest benefits of buying a puppy from PuppyBuddy is that we offer our new pet parents puppy training perks. There are many puppy training options offered, from weekly training sessions in our stores, to Zoom call puppy training Q&As, to one-on-one training with a professional dog trainer.
Here’s an overview of what PuppyBuddy has to offer:
- Every PuppyBuddy puppy has access to a puppy kindergarten. These are in-store, one-hour classes held once a week that help guide you with owning and training a new puppy. Our licensed puppy trainer will teach you essential puppy training lessons such as potty training, socialization, crate training, and more!
- We host a weekly Q&A session on Zoom with one of our licensed trainers. Each person will have 5 minutes of private 1-on-1 with our trainers.
- You can schedule your puppy’s training classes online! Setting up an appointment is easy and the instructions will be emailed to you once you have registered!
- If you would like private training lessons for your puppy, speak with one of our puppy training consultants to learn more!
From all the staff at PuppyBuddy, we highly recommend that you check us out if you want to get a new puppy! Our knowledgeable pet counselors can answer your questions and tell you about our puppy training perks! We hope to see you at our Boca Raton location soon!