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How Puppy Obedience Training Makes Dogs Happy

If you've ever seen a professional dog obedience trainer with their own puppies and dogs, then you'd be surprised at how easily they can encourage a 10 week old puppy to walk calmly at heel, sit and stay on command, go potty on command and not worry about accidents in the house.
They never have any chewed shoes or clothes and no digging in the yard to worry about.
Professional dog trainers can make puppy obedience training look outrageously easy.
So is it possible for you to achieve the same level of puppy obedience training at home? The secret is understanding how your puppy communicates and then teach him to modify his own behavior accordingly by using prompts he understands.
The easiest and quickest tip is to teach your puppy to sit on command.
After all, puppies will sit as a natural resting position, so you're not asking him to do anything unusual.
You simply want him to understand that he should assume this position when you tell him to.
This is achieved by rewarding him for obeying when you give the command.
Offer your puppy a food reward or treat and hold it immediately above his nose.
A puppy's natural instinct is to raise his head to get a better angle to sniff the food, so his butt will immediately drop to the ground.
When he does this tell him 'sit'.
As he reaches a full sitting position, praise your puppy with a happy 'good dog', give him a pat and let him have the treat.
It only takes a couple of training sessions to make any puppy understand this simple command.
In fact, with the right training you can encourage your puppy to obey any of your commands by understanding what motivates your puppy.
All puppies want your praise, attention and affection.
Most puppies will also be very highly motivated by food rewards.
They will work hard at trying to understand what is expected of them if they know there's a reward for them at the end of it.
The other aspect to puppy obedience training is learning to understand what your puppy views as a penalty for not doing the right thing.
Puppies will never respond well to being spanked or hit or yelled at.
This is not a punishment to your puppy.
Your dog will see this as an act of unprovoked aggression and should be avoided at all costs.
A severe penalty in dog language is to be silent.
Remember, he's waiting for your praise and a reward.
Saying nothing and not offering that reassuring pat means he didn't get it right.
He'll modify his own behavior to get the things he wants most.
Training should begin from the moment your puppy first arrives home.
All puppies are cute bundles of fur, but you should always remember that your cute new pet will grow very quickly into an adult dog.
If your puppy exhibits any behavior that you wouldn't want an adult dog doing, then you need to curb this at once.
Keep your puppy obedience training positive, happy and fun for your puppy, and you'll be surprised how well behaved your puppy can be.

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