10 Essential Puppy Training Tips for Salt Lake City Dog Owners
Ok all you Salt Lake City puppy owners, I’m about to share my most powerful Puppy Training Tips with you. I typically charge over $100 an hour to teach people this stuff, and you’re about to get it for free. I’d recommend you bookmark this page and pay close attention to all the Puppy Training Tips that I am about to give you:
1. Potty Training
Apply tip #9 to potty training and you will be well on your way to a potty trained dog. Remember that when you catch your puppy “in the act” you need to interrupt the behavior by clapping your hands or saying “no” in a firm voice.
In our Salt Lake City puppy training course we NEVER hit the puppy or otherwise frighten her. This is one of the most important Puppy Training Tips! This will only make her terrified of you and she will become more and sneakier about peeing/pooping in the house because she will feel the need to hide from you. Instead, once you get to your puppy gently lead her outside as her friend, so she can finish peeing/pooping in the correct area outside. Make sure you stay outside until your puppy pees or poos so she has plenty of positive experiences going to the bathroom right next to you. This will teach her that it’s not bad to go potty around humans, it’s only wrong to go potty in the house. This is the key to potty training!
One of the fastest ways to put an end to your puppy peeing and pooping in the house is to use a dog doorbell. Watch my short, step by step, tutorial video about how to teach your puppy to use a dog doorbell to go outside potty:
This 2 min video will have your puppy ringing a bell to go outside to potty.
For a step by step tutorial in puppy potty training, as well as, a more in depth explanation for all the puppy behavioral issues we discussed today I recommend you order my ebook, “From Puppy to Pack Leader”. Learn what’s inside the ebook by clicking here.
2. End On a High Note
If I’m teaching a puppy a new trick and I start to get frustrated, the puppy starts to get frustrated or we hit the 5 minute limit I take a step back and end on a high note. For example: If I’m teaching a puppy to roll over and they’re just not getting it, I make the trick easier so I can say, “hooray good girl” before we end. I will sometimes have her do a trick she knows already. This way the puppy is left with a good feeling and so are you. This is merely the beginning of the Puppy training in Salt Lake City, there is more!
3. Introducing the Kennel or Crate
This is an important stage in the list of Puppy Training Tips that we have. The crate/kennel should be introduced very slowly. We want to increase the puppy’s time in the kennel 1 second at a time and use treats!
Step 1 – The first time one of our Salt Lake City puppy trainers puts a puppy in a kennel, she does not even close the door. You should let the pup go in to get a treat and then come right back out. When she happily goes in for the treat with no hesitation you will then close the door, toss in the treat and open the door immediately. Do this for 5 minutes while increasing the amount of time the puppy is in the kennel by 1 second per repetition. Once your puppy happily waits for her treats in her crate for 2 full minutes with no signs of stress (whining, scratching the door, etc) we can move to step 2 of the Puppy Training Tips.
Step 2 – In this step you will be leaving the puppy’s sight while she is crated. Again you have to baby step the process. You will step out of sight for 1/2 a second and return to the puppy with a treat. This will be a fun game for her to play with you each day because she always gets a treat and a “good girl” from you. Increase her tolerance for being alone in her creates 1 second at a time until she can handle a full 2 minutes with no signs of stress.
Step 3 – Our next puppy training tip is that you leaving the house is the next thing that will stress your new puppy out. Once your pup realizes that when you go out the garage door or when grab your keys and head out front she will be left alone it will start to stress her out. To desensitize her to this we need to kennel her and practice it. So put your shoes on, grab your keys and head out the door but return immediately with a treat as a part of the Salt Lake City puppy training process. Increase the time you spend outside by 1 second until your puppy can tolerate a full 10 minutes. Combined with the rest of my puppy training course this should be sufficient to ensure your puppy loves her kennel no matter where you are.
As you can see this process will take a little of your time each day over the first few months of your puppy’s life. Start today with my Salt Lake City puppy traininig course so you don’t end up with a dog that hates her kennel and stresses out so bad when you’re gone that she eats your curtains. This problem is VERY common and I don’t want you or your puppy to experience the stress this causes many dog owners.
This is much like introducing the kennel. We want to take baby steps and distract the puppy with treats. Please don’t clip the leash in right away and start tugging the dog around the yard! Your puppy will hate this and will want to eat the leash.
Instead get some toys and some treats. Approach the puppy with the leash, let her sniff it, then give her a treat. This helps her associate the leash with treats instead of being yanked around by her neck. Do this a couple times then make the click sound with the leash clip. As soon as the puppy hears the click give her a treat so she will associate that sound with something positive. Once your puppy doesn’t respond to the leash click you know she is ready for it to be clipped in.
Now you want to clip the leash in, give your puppy a treat, then remove the leash immediately. Increase her tolerance by leaving the leash clipped in for 1 second longer for each repetition. Your puppy should be allowed to drag the leash around should experience NO tension in the leash during this fun game.
As a part of my Puppy training course in Salt Lake City, you will let your puppy drag her leash around the house everyday for longer and longer periods. If she tries to play with or bite her leash simply distract her with a treat or her favorite toy. Your puppy should think of her leash like she does her collar. It’s something that is simply there hanging from her neck. Oh and please don’t leave a leased dog unattended! They could get it wrapped around something and injure or kill themselves so be smart.
5. Come When Called
Now that your puppy thinks dragging the leash around the house and yard is a fun game we can practice coming when called. With leash clipped in and your puppy about 5 feet away from you say “come” and then immediately reel your puppy in with the leash. That’s all there is to it!
For a good “coming when called”, puppy training session in Salt Lake City, it’s essential that as soon as your dog gets to you something fun happens. This means praise, a treat or a toy. DON’T do what many dog owners do and make her sit! She will hate coming when called if you do this. You want your puppy to come to you and love doing it. Call her over, give her a treat and let her go right back to what she was doing.
Once your puppy starts heading your way before you even tug on the leash you know she is ready to start coming when called from greater distances. Play this game in different areas of the house and yard until she has it down. Once your puppy comes when called consistently with no distractions slowly introducing some to test her obedience. Some good ones are having her come when called when guests are over, when another dog is over, when you throw a toy, in the front yard when people are walking by, etc. Just remember to keep it fun and not to make her sit or stay when she comes to you in her during the puppy training session.
6. Boundary Exercises
This is a tough one to explain. So watch this video to get the general idea:
We have to modify our approach with puppies. If you try to do this exercise like I did in the video you likely won’t be successful. Make sure to use treats and make it really easy for the puppy to succeed. You can do this by only making her respect the boundary for 1/2 a second and then slowly increasing the time by 1 second per repetition.
As I’m sure you are aware, puppies want to eat everything. This includes your hands, clothes, furniture and anything expensive. I recommend you say “no” in a firm, stern voice and then redirect with a toy or a treat. We don’t want to do this for your dog’s entire life of course but for the first few months of life, and during the initial puppy training sessions is a good place to start.
When your puppy is mouthing or biting a lot always remember to redirect, redirect, redirect! How I get puppies to stop biting and chewing is beyond the scope of this article, but at least now you know the first step. For more details you’ll want to sign up for one of my puppy training programs.
8. Stop Repeating Yourself
Every time you repeat yourself your words become more meaningless. If you do this a lot your puppy will begin ignoring the sound of your voice almost entirely. And why shouldn’t she? Nothing ever happens when she ignores you, so what motivation is there to pay attention?
Say a command like sit, stay, come, etc ONE TIME ONLY. If you are ignored follow up with something physical. This could mean gently pushing the puppy’s butt down for a sit or simply walking in the puppy’s direction so they know you are serious. My dog has tested me her entire life to see if I’m really going to follow through with my command and so will yours. It’s nothing personal, it’s just the nature of the beast.
9. Timing & Consistency is Everything
If you catch your puppy in the act of doing something bad every single time you will become a master dog trainer in no time. Seriously, that’s all there is to it. Just be there at the time of the incident every time and your puppy will learn it is useless to try that behavior because there is no reward. If you show up 30 seconds after your puppy started chewing on your shoes however you may never break her of the habit.
10. Use Baby Steps
As you may have noticed, puppies can focus for all of .002 seconds before they get distracted. Don’t expect a young puppy to make it through a 15 minute Puppy training session or you’ll end up beating your head into a wall.
Keep all Puppy training sessions short and sweet. I’d recommend 5 minutes tops if you’re expecting your puppy to really focus on learning a new behavior. So teach your puppy sit, down, stay or do a boundary exercise (more on this later) with treats but only expect them to progress a little each session.
If you’re interested in having me work with your puppy personally in Salt Lake City or a surrounding area please check out my puppy training courses by clicking here.