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Puppy Training Tips

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A new puppy is exciting and a time for new beginnings.  There are also many frustrations that can come with a new puppy. In this post, I am going to address some simple puppy training.  Salt Lake City is a great place to own a puppy because there are many fun dog opportunities.  Let’s create peace with your puppy now!

Here are some of the most common puppy complaints that we receive as a Salt Lake City dog trainer.

1.) Issues with housetraining are very common.  It is important to address housetraining immediately to ensure long term housetraining success.  When you are not at home it is a good idea to keep your puppy in a crate.  Most puppies will not potty in a small crate. When you are home with your puppy it is important to supervise him.  Use Nature’s Miracle to clean up any puppy messes in the house to prevent re-soiling.  In the beginning it is best to take your puppy outside to potty every hour on leash.  Wait in one location for 3-5 minutes.  When your puppy completes going potty give him a treat immediately.  This will ensure awesome housetraining obedience.

2.) Play biting can be very frustrating.   When your dog bites you say
“ouch” and then immediately remove your attention from your puppy.  You can do this by stopping play and freezing.  By freezing and not giving eye contact to your puppy, you will become very boring.  Also give your puppy plenty of attention for not biting you.  Lastly, you can have a play toy in your hand to redirect your puppy to chew on this instead of your hand.  It is important that your consistent with your puppy and dog training. Salt Lake City has many reward-based dog training professionals if you need further support.

3.) Many valuable objects can easily be destroyed.  Preventing this from happening can create a more peaceful living space for you and your puppy.  First of all it is important to perform dog training. Salt Lake City has many reward-based dog training group classes for puppies.  In these classes you will be training your puppy to “leave it” and “drop” You will also want to redirect your puppy when he chews on something that you do not want him to destroy.  You can do this by clapping your hands and or saying your puppy’s name to get his attention.  Then redirect him to chew on an appropriate chew toy.  Also make sure you have a variety of chew toys that rotate every one to two days.  This will prevent boredom.  When you are home supervise your puppy.  If you have to leave home put your puppy in a puppy proof room or in a crate.

We hope that these simple puppy tips are helpful with your dog training. Salt Lake City can be a fun place to raise a dog.  As a result, we want you to create peace from the beginning with your puppy!  Our Salt Lake City dog training company has a puppy course starting in June.

Your Turn!  We want to hear from you!  Please leave a comment below!

What puppy training tips did you find helpful in this post? What puppy training questions do you have?


Johanna Teresi, Professional Trainer and Owner of Four Legged Scholars LLC, Dog Training, Salt Lake City

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