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The Best & Easiest Puppy Training Tips

Getting a puppy is usually a joyous time for any family but
what comes a few days or week down the road may not be. You
will find that your precious little puppy seems to come pre-
built with a few very annoying bad habits. All is not lost
though pretty much any puppy can be trained to leave the bad
habits behind and become the loveable part of the family you
expected him to be. Establishing good habits early on with
your puppy is critical.

There are several different types of training a puppy needs
to become well rounded and able to co-habitat with you
without destroying your possessions. The most basic and
essential of these is potty training. Nothing is more
stressful than coming home from work to find your little
darling has littered your house with special packages. When
your puppy is very young you should make sure you are taking
him out very often if you are home, and if you are not home
you should confine your puppy to a small area lined with
paper so if and when he has to go it is an area easy to
clean up. Your goal should be that your puppy never goes to
the bathroom on carpet, hardwoods, tile or any other floor
covering. If your dog has not developed a habit of
eliminating in these areas there will be no bad habit to
break. Make sure to use plenty of positive reinforcement
when your pet does the right things during house training.

Another type of training that is essential to your pet's
overall disposition is socialization. Allow time to give
your puppy experiences to get to know other humans and other
animals. A puppy who interacts and socializes like this
successfully is far less likely to become aggressive later
on in life. Leash training, which is also very important,
can be done hand in hand with socialization training. It's a
good idea with a small dog to start the leash training in
the house long before you hit the streets. Teaching the
puppy not to pull on the leash or dart ahead before you are
outside will make his first journey out safer for him and
more enjoyable for both of you.

Many puppy owners have to deal with a whole lot of chewing
going on. Puppies are curious and like to check things out
with their mouths. This is an especially important habit to
break because it is a safety hazard for your puppy, not to
mention it will become a real aggravation point for the
human members of the family to find their favorite items

Most importantly, make sure your home is free of anything a
puppy could chew on that could hurt him. Once you have
removed all the safety hazards it's time to give your puppy
something to chew on besides your shoes. Make sure your
puppy has plenty of toys and chew items. Praise your dog
when you see him or her chewing on their own toys so they
know they are pleasing you. You must remember that puppy's
want and need to chew and it is going to chew something, so
it's essential you provide it with a safe and healthy outlet
to do so.

These are the most basic skills your puppy needs to be a
loving member of the family. Beyond this you may find your
puppy has or develops other unwanted habits such as jumping,
barking too much or whining every time you are out of sight.
Take each of these things as and when they come and find
resources to meet your needs. The key to any kind of puppy
training though is to make sure you reward good behavior.
Your canine friend really does love to make you happy, so
make sure you let him know when he does and you are sure to
see the good behaviors repeated.

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