If you’re getting a new dog, whether a brand new pup or rescuing an older dog of any breed, then this could be the most important article you ever read.
Do you know why this website exists?
Because I used to be rotten at handling dogs. True.
I knew that dogs needed strong leadership and I used to think that I needed to scold my dogs and discipline them with corrections etc.
We love each other, my dogs and I, and I hated having to do that to them and I could tell their feelings were hurt a little every time.
But its not all my fault. Back then that was the method taught to people. Some refer to it as “classical” dog training whereby you guide your dog to the correct behaviors by using negative reinforcement (mainly verbal).
Years later I learned about positive reinforcement training and I slapped myself for not knowing this. As a matter of fact I had always tried to put a positive slant on my classical training because it felt better, and now I had all the facts about the proper way to train dogs. The way that strengthens the bond between you and builds a much happier and more confident dog.
Positive training methods are never more important than when your dog is a puppy or new to your home. Just like a child your pup will remember a severe scolding or mistreatment. She will generalize an incident to other situations. A good example is if she is frightened by a stranger when she’s a pup, she may become fearful of all strangers (not good). This is also true of rescued dogs who may have already been mistreated and now you have to gain their trust. Guess what…scolding him won’t do that.
You have to learn to speak your dog’s language. Then its easy. Then your dog can’t wait to get to work pleasing you.
Look, I’ll be honest, free info’s great and everything and you can find out a lot searching online but guess what…
The real keepers of the knowledge don’t give much away for free. They have knowledge that can solve your problems in one fell swoop so they have a right to ask for something in return, just like your doctor or accountant does.
I’m not one of those people, I am a free resource, but guess were I go for help and advancement of my own skills…
Well, for puppy-specific information I go to Jill Rose’s Painless & Positive Puppy Training Manual. If you’re getting a puppy or thinking about it this is the one I’d recommend getting.
This resource contains great info on:
- What to think about before choosing your puppy to ensure you’re on track from the start
- How to make sure your puppy grows up to be a social dog (this one is huge)
- Exactly how to use positive reinforcement training techniques
- How to easily get your pup out of aggressive and territorial behaviors
- Crate training
- House training
- Teaching your puppy to go to the toilet on command (very useful)
And heaps more. Way too much to list here. And that is my point. To piece all this info together as you go is more or less impossible or at the least, extremely time consuming. Your pup will be grown up before you do. You can check out Jill’s eBook here.
Jill also provides an 8-week, no questions asked, guarantee which is great if you want to check out the info without any risk.
Sometimes the best free info I can give people is to just point them to people I learn from who’ve already nailed it. And that’s definitely the case here. So have a look at Jill’s stuff and feel free to let me know what you think in the comments.
I’ve got a new article in the works. Check back soon.
All the best,