Training puppies is about positive reinforcement. Puppies blossom when rewarded. Using praise in the course of training and remaining positive is an excellent way to connect with your new puppy.
Here are three tips to make sure that you connect with your puppy during training:
Keep your voice tone positive
Communication among dogs is made predominantly by means of sound. Therefore, it is essential that you are mindful of the tone of your voice when speaking to your puppy. You may well not have noticed, but many people’s voices become lower when they are angry. Dogs interpret this as growling. If your puppy is aware you are annoyed, there certainly will not be a positive connection.
Always attempt to remain calm, even if things get stressful. Stick with a higher, happier tone of voice so your puppy does not become disheartened during training sessions.
You can also try pairing your “good voice” with praise words like “good dog” and “great”. These words will become very useful in the future. So long as your puppy believes you are content, they will continue making an effort to please you.
Find out how your puppy likes to be petted
Even though food is the main reward option, puppies also thoroughly appreciate being petted. Ideas to test to find out your puppy’s petting preferences include:
- Petting right behind the ears.
- Neck or Body Massage
- Belly Rub (standing or lying down)
- Gently scratching along the back.
Just make sure that your puppy does not become overly stimulated, or focus on training might be lost. Make use of words like “settle down” to quiet your puppy.
Focus on your body language
Body language is yet another significant way dogs communicate. Your body language can say a great deal about how you are feeling. If you are standing up with your arms crossed, hovering over your dog for instance, your pup will know that you are either angry or irritated by their performance. Just like with your tone of voice, you ought to be mindful with your body language in order to avoid discouraging your pup. Smile to cheer yourself up and endeavor to stick to positive body language. If you are unhappy with your puppy dog, try kneeling down next to your pup while gently pampering them until you are calm.