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Puppy training tips

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Molly Stone, animal behavior specialist for the Wake County SPCA, shared these tips on how to train your puppy.

  • Every interaction is an opportunity for your puppy to learn.
  • Socialize your puppy around lots of other people and dogs.
  • Remember that puppies repeat the behaviors that are the most rewarding.
  • Remember that learning requires pattern recognition, so be consistent!
  • Be trustworthy and benevolent. Puppies cannot learn well when they’re frightened.
  • Give your puppy a good reason to comply with your requests. “Because-I-said-so” is usually not good enough.
  • Make a list of your puppy’s five favorite things, and use those as training rewards. Rewards work best when they’re things puppies really value.
  • Accentuate the positive. Take advantage of every opportunity to praise your puppy for getting it right.
  • Make sure your expectations are realistic, and avoid trying to teach too much at once.
  • Set your puppy up to succeed in every situation.

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