Don't neglect your dog or puppy's education. Training a dog can be a wonderful experience for both of you.
When training a dog, what method should I use?
Training a dog is a necessity if you are looking for a well mannered pet as part of your family. It will of course take some time and dedication on your part but it can be accomplished and the results are worth the effort.
There are many different options when it comes to training a dog. If possible do some research before you bring your new dog or puppy home so that you can be prepared from the very start. Involve the whole family in the dog's training. If everyone agrees on a training plan and is consistent, your dog or puppy will lean in no time. Make sure you have all the physical items you will need such as a collar, leash, chew toys and a dog bed or crate. In the beginning stages of training you will also need plenty of treats to reward your dog or puppy's good behavior.
What method of training you chose depends a lot on your personal preference and what you are comfortable with. The training method you choose should be humane and focus on positive reinforcement. Stay away from training that involves yelling or physically punishing your dog or puppy. The use of shock or electric collars is not recommended as they can be very easily cause harm especially without the proper training on how to use them. It might also be a good idea to familiarize yourself with several methods; what might work great for one particular dog or puppy might not work well for another.
Training a dog should be fun for both of you. Keep the sessions short and interesting and repeat them often throughout the day. Even if your dog seems like a quick study, be careful not to be too anxious and move too quickly through the training. If your dog isn't ready to move on, the training may become stressful and frustrating for both of you and it might actually take longer to train the dog than if you had been a little more patient.
Remember that when training a dog it is never too early or too late to start. Be patient, consistent and enthusiastic and you will soon see the results you are looking for.