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10 Common Mistakes When Training a New Puppy

We all get nervous when doing new things and having a new puppy can be one of those times!

Here are some of the most common mistakes to avoid when training a new puppy:

  1. Not starting training early enough: Puppies are incredibly smart and eager to learn. Begin basic training as soon as you bring your puppy home, even as young as 8-10 weeks old.
  2. Inconsistent training: It’s crucial that all family members use the same commands, rewards, and training methods consistently. Inconsistency can confuse and slow down the puppy’s learning.
  3. Relying too heavily on physical punishment or dominance-based methods: Positive reinforcement training is far more effective for puppies. Avoid yelling, hitting, or using aversive tools like shock collars.
  4. Failing to establish a routine: Puppies thrive on predictable schedules for eating, sleeping, potty breaks, and training. Stick to a routine as much as possible.
  5. Overtraining or not providing enough mental stimulation: Puppies have short attention spans. Keep training sessions brief and positive. Provide plenty of playtime, toys, and enrichment activities.
  6. Skipping socialization: As mentioned earlier, proper socialization during the critical window of 8-12 weeks is essential for a well-adjusted, confident adult dog.
  7. Allowing bad behaviors to continue unchecked: Address issues like nipping, jumping, or barking early on before they become ingrained habits. Be proactive and consistent.
  8. Failing to set the puppy up for success: Manage the environment, supervise closely, and remove temptations to prevent mistakes. Reward good behaviors immediately.
  9. Not providing enough exercise and outlets for energy: Bored, pent-up puppies are prone to behavior problems. Make sure they get enough physical and mental exercise daily.
  10. Giving up too soon or being inconsistent: Puppy training takes patience and time. Stick with it, be persistent, and celebrate small wins along the way.
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