Settling your puppy down for training success can be quite a task. Most puppies just want to have fun! A settled pup is a focused pup!
Elevated energy levels and lively behavior are typical characteristics of puppies.
Let your puppy dog have some fun to get rid of some energy. However it is also essential that you train your puppy to settle down when told.
This kind of training is essential to stop your dog developing undesirable behavior.
To get the best results, begin training to settle down as quickly as possible. You can do this at a scheduled training time or during regular activities, like playtime.
Include settling down time in your puppy’s day to day activities
Its’ essential to incorporate quiet time as part of your dog’s training.
On days that you do not have much time, try integrating quiet time in daily activities. For example, you could be watching TV or surfing the web while releasing your puppy for 5 minutes of playtime, then asking him or her to sit quietly next to you for another 5 minutes.
Repeat the process, progressively increasing the time between rest periods. Repetition is key to training success.
Combine settling your puppy down training with playtime
An additional time you can train your puppy to settle down is during playtime.
To achieve this, play with your puppy for a few moments, and then encourage him or her to remain still by gently holding your pup back for five seconds or so. As your puppy gets the hang of settling down training, slowly increase the rest and play time. While you are holding your puppy, say “settle down” in a calming voice. You do not want to shout or use a severe tone because your dog will associate the event as a bad experience.
Treats may be used during settling down training, but letting your dog play is usually adequate reward to keep them motivated.
Advantages of training your puppy to settle down are endless
Dogs make superb companion pets provided that you can control them. The first year of training is going to be full of challenges, however in the end it really is completely worthwhile.
Dogs that are well-behaved and obedient can hang out with their family and take pleasure in numerous activities. They can meet new people, go on holiday and see new places, and go to various dog activities like parties and competitions.
If you neglect essential areas of training, like teaching your puppy to settle down, your dog will more than likely have behavioral problems when they reach adulthood.
Hyperactivity, disregarding commands, and in many cases aggression brought on by excitement, can result from incorrect training. Dogs with these problems tend to be left at home because they are unfit to travel or to be introduced to new people.
If you would like your dog to enjoy life to the maximum, do everything in your power to prevent this from happening.
In dog training, jerk is a noun, not a verb. – Dr. Dennis Fetko