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Your Puppy With Words And Titbits
It is important for your puppy
to feel he is a valuable individual. Try to have your training sessions
in a relatively quiet place. Because he is so playful, he can be easily
distracted by other people and activities. If he is constantly being
bombarded by other sights and sounds, it will be difficult for him to
get the message from you that you enjoy being with him.
Use words:The only way he will learn to associate the command with the
action is if you use the word every time you guide him into doing what
you want. A puppy can learn a very large vocabulary with such words as
"Outdoors," "Bedtime," "Go for a walk," as well as the basic commands.
Reward your pup: To teach him anything, you must first have his
attention and then you must reward him as soon as he has done what you
ask. The reward can take three forms; a tidbit, a pat, or your voice.
Consider the use of tidbits a highly successful means of puppy
training. By guiding his behavior with it, you can avoid pushing and
pulling with your hands and all of the jerking and pulling on the leash.
A puppy learns much more quickly when he performs the activity himself
rather than being pushed or pulled into doing it. Then, as he begins to
understand what you mean by "Sit" or "Come" or whatever, you can use
your hand or leash to perfect the performance, thereby keeping handling
at a minimum.
Timing is of the utmost
importance when using tidbits in
puppy training. Obviously, your puppy is not going to know what you
mean by the different commands when you first begin to train him, and
the only way he will learn that he is doing the right thing is when he
receives the reward at the moment he does it.
An example in using titbits is to teach the command “Sit.” If you have
a puppy who prefers bouncing around and absolutely hates sitting, you
may have to begin by rewarding a bending of the hind legs. If you were
to wait until he sits all the way down with his bottom on the floor,
you would never get the job done. After a few rewards for partial
sitting, the puppy will suddenly sit all the way, at which time you
will not only reward him but tell him how marvelous he is.
Another example of rewarding with titbits is with the heeling exercise.
This is the most difficult thing for most puppies to learn. Too often,
it involves excessive jerking on the leash. The more a puppy is being
pulled, the more he resists and pulls in the opposite direction. Their
natural tendency is to run off and sniff around. Cheese tidbits is very
effective in overcoming the problems of teaching a puppy to walk beside
us. It works even better off-leash (but only for a minute at a time).
As you begin walking, the instant the puppy begins to look away from
you, get his attention with your voice and give him a tidbit. This will
keep him at your side for another few steps. Repeat this a few times
during each session, reversing your direction and taking some turns.
Then stop while you are both still performing well and give him lots of
praise with your voice along with some pats.
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