11 Dog Behavior Tips to
Start your Puppy's Behavior Training

Not happy with your dog's behavior? Jump-start your puppy training with these 11 dog behavior tips!

These tips are designed to give you a quick overview of dog behavior training.

Learn what works, what doesn't, and how to avoid the most common mistakes to train your puppy in the shortest time possible.

Explore the rest of the site for more detailed information on dog behavior and obedience training.

Eleven Dog Behavior Tips

Behavior Tip 1:

You can begin training your puppy after he reaches 8 weeks. Less than that is too early. But the longer you wait after 8 weeks, the more bad habits you will need to break.

This is probably the most important dog behavior tip here...

Behavior Tip 2:

Never use force, scream at or hit your puppy. If you do, training will not only take longer but will be more difficult as well.

Behavior Tip 3:

Always begin with the easiest commands first. After your puppy has mastered these commands, you can then advance to more difficult ones.

Behavior Tip 4:

Keep your training sessions fun, enjoyable and short. Any session longer than 10 to 15 minutes will tire your puppy.

Behavior Tip 5:

The best time for dog training is when your dog is hungry, bored, or… both.

Behavior Tip 6:

Don't combine several commands into one and don't repeat the same command over and over.

For example, use "sit" or "down", but not "sit down". These are 2 different commands and combining them will only confuse your puppy.  

By repeating the same command over and over, like "No, No, No…", you show your puppy that it's OK not to follow your command the first time.

A single "No" in a firm, authoritative voice is sufficient. If you need to repeat a command, always use a pause in between.

Behavior Tip 7:

When you give a command to your dog, don't scream it. Dogs have a very good sense of hearing and if your puppy didn't obey your command, most likely it's not because he did not hear you.

Behavior Tip 8:

Dog behavior training requires good timing. Always reprimand your dog immediately after he misbehaved. A dog's memory span is not as long as ours and, if you wait too long, chances are that he will not know why he is being punished.

Behavior Tip 9:

Be consistent in your use of commands. If you taught your puppy "Come" command, don't use it on one occasion and something like "Here, boy" on another. And make sure all family members are consistent.

Behavior Tip 10:

If your puppy is not fully trained, don't bother using commands in situations where you know he will not listen to you. Let me give you an example…

Your puppy is playing with another dog. If you tell him "Come", most likely he will not come, even if he hears you. The outcome? He just learned that it's OK not to follow your command.

In a situation like this, it's better to distract him first and then give him a command.

Behavior Tip 11:

The way you end a training session can carry over to the next training session. Always try to end training sessions on a positive note.  

If a training session is not going well, I like to end it with commands that I know my dog can and will follow. It's a trick, but it works!

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If you need even more dog behavior tips and training advice, check this dog behavior and obedience training guide. It's the same resource that I use when training my own dogs. I recommend it to all dog owners.  

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