When my pup joined our family there were a lot of new rules for him to learn so I felt like I was constantly telling him “no.” To help balance the amount of negative feedback I was giving him, I started teaching him the “down” command so he had something positive to work on with me. This helps him stop acting up because he knows how to get my attention in a good way instead of misbehaving.
One of the new rules that have been important for my dog to learn because of my baby was “no licking.” Although it’s very sweet that my pup wants to lick the babie’s hands, she will put that hand back in her mouth faster than I can blink. In order to really get this rule to hit home, I am training the dog not to lick anyone at all. This also means informing our guests not to let him lick since most people respond to licking with affection and that encourages him to continue licking.
Here’s how I have been training my pup these tricks/rules:
1. He sits
2. I say “down”
3. With a treat in my fist, I move my hand from his nose straight down to the floor and then move it out in front of him (away from his paws)
4. When he lays down I say “good boy!” and let him have the treat
- He licks
- I say “no”
- I walk away from him (or pull the baby away)
The important part here is not to give your dog any attention for licking.
Whether you have a new pup or decided to adopt a more mature dog, teaching your pet some basic training will ensure a smooth transition for both of you. This article will focus more on the basic training needed for puppies.
How do I teach my dog basic commands?
Most first time dog owners feel overwhelmed when the bring home a new puppy but fear not, training your new pet doesn’t have to be that complicated, you just need to persevere and have patience, lots of it.
Here are the most common basic training for you new puppy:
Teach my dog to Sit
Teach my dog to Come
Teach my dog to Drop It
Teach my dog to Heel
Teach my dog to Lie Down
Teach my dog to Stay
When should I start teaching my puppy commands?
How do you discipline a puppy?
How do you play with a puppy?