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5 Fun Puppy Training Tips for Your New Dog

Updated: Jan 7, 2022

How to train a puppy

This little border collie heeler puppy dog lays down with his toy shark, he is taking puppy training classes with Hustle Up Dog Training, Vancouver.
This little border collie heeler puppy dog lays down with his toy shark, he is taking puppy training classes with Hustle Up Dog Training, Vancouver.

Congratulations on getting your new DOG! If this is your very first dog, welcome to the amazing life of dog ownership. But be aware that the man and woman’s most loyal or probably the best friend you carried home better not take the spot of your real best friend!

Dogs are indeed a lot of fun, but at the same time, they also necessitate a lot of hard and smart work. There are numerous things your furry friend needs to thrive; decent training is one of the most significant of these. Train your dog really well, but it's somewhat hard to acknowledge how to get started.

Once you take your new dog or puppy to your home, it is smart to begin training them immediately, at least start training them for basic obedience and basic commands. But where should you begin? What is the best approach for training a dog or puppy?

How to raise a puppy

These are some common questions that might bother you a little bit, but don't worry, we at Hustle Up Dog Training are aware of your queries regarding dog behaviour training methods and we are happy to assist you.

There are actually many options for training your new dog. Whether you choose to train your puppy or dog yourself, take dog training classes or hire a private trainer, you can still implement the following key training tips right away to make the dog training process easier.

Here, in this blog, we compiled some handy tips to help you and your pup get going.

#1. Choose Your Dog's Name Wisely

Did you know some very specific names are more suitable for training your dog? Choosing a short name that your dog can clearly hear really helps you & your dog in the training sessions. A strong ending, like in the names "Pheobe," "Jasper," "Jack," & "Ginger," perks up dog ears, especially when you place emphasis at the end. And believe us, dogs learn really fast when they listen to one thing again and again.

Note: - If you somehow decide to get an older dog or to adopt a rescue dog, and if they are coming out of an abusive situation, a new fun name may even signify a fresh start. Dogs are remarkably adaptable. If you decide to give them a new name, use it consistently and soon enough, your pup will respond to it.

#2. Bite Inhibition - Say “No” to their Biting

How to stop biting puppy & how to play with a puppy.

Bite inhibition is an important part of dog training. It includes teaching your pup to use their teeth gently. Teach your dog about bite inhibition by allowing him or her to use the mouth when playing, pause playtime if the use of teeth is too hard. When a puppy or dog accidentally hurt a play companion the animal will whimper, wince or bark. This signals a stoppage in the interaction. If you incorporate a high pitch “OUCH!” during a play session you will see that this type of communication is quickly understood, and compliance will happen immediately. A deeper more aggressive verbal tone has less of a positive effect communication to the puppy or dog.

Instead of punishing your new puppy love, a great approach to discourage your mouthy canine is to fake you are in a lot of pain & grief when they bite/nip you; a sharp, loud-mouthed yell should work.

Most of the dogs are so surprised that they stop immediately. However, it helps prevent a serious bite from happening when your pup grows into adulthood.

#3. Reward Good Dog Behaviour

Reward your dog's good behaviour with positive reinforcement, such as praise and pats to the chest area and shoulders. Telling your dog, "Yes, good dog!" with a smiling face and a happy tone will let your pup know they have performed the task well.

Let them know when they're getting it right. Along those identical lines, never ever reward their bad behaviour, as it will only confuse your dog. Praise your dog after three consecutive times the dog has done the correct response. Do not reward with food treats because the dog will learn that food overrides your position. Think of food as a bribe or creating an addiction.

#4. Set Them Free, But Slowly and Gradually

Respect them and their freedom and they will respect you. Very carefully, let your new dog gradually earn freedom throughout your home. A basic error that many pet owners make is giving their new pup too much liberty or freedom too soon. This produces behaviour problems in them & can easily lead to accidents relating to housetraining & destructive chewing. Boundaries are important and all puppies need boundaries.

#5. Puppy Socialization is Important

Puppy socialization is just what it sounds like: It's about getting your puppy out and about experiencing new people, places and situations. Dogs that are well-socialized become well-adjusted as they age and become adult dogs. This will help your puppy feel more comfortable at places like veterinary clinics and dog groomers.

Consult an expert dog trainer at Hustle Up Dog Training, Vancouver

If you are struggling at any stage of your dog's basic training or advanced training, don't hesitate to contact a professional dog trainer or join a dog training class. Usually, this is one of the fastest ways to get results. In addition, professional trainers have years of knowledge they can use to help you and your pup. Remember, treat training empowers the treat not the bond between owner and dog. Plus, praising with treats all the time only encourages your dog to view you as nothing more than a walking vending machine and will encourage more unwanted behaviours such as, jumping up on people, begging, stealing food from a picnic or counter, eating garbage, and more. You will likely want to resolve these unwanted behaviours that other dog trainers have taught your dog right away. Contact Hustle Up Dog Training to resolve these issues and get your dog on the right path so you can enjoy quality time with your dog.

We host regular dog training classes, puppy training classes and dog training programs and dog training workshops at Hustle Up Dog Training in Vancouver, British Columbia. Reach out to our team for more details at Email us at or give us a call at +1 (250) 317-0274.

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