ABK’s Guide: Reinforcing Positive Behaviour in Puppies

The first thing you’ll ever do with your new puppy is train it to do something or not do it, and the first few days interacting with your new puppy will lay the foundation for its personality when it grows up. Therefore it is super critical how you behave while you’re around your pets. While physically punishing your dog is never the way, it is important to remember that animals too respond to love and gentleness. 

 

In this blog, we’ll discuss in a broader context on how to shape your puppy’s behavior during its formative years.

 

Spend Time Together

 

The first few months of puppy-hood

is the essential part of their development. Your presence during their growth will greatly affect how your dog will interact with people around it. Generally, dogs who tend to be aggressive toward people were never given the right kind of attention. 

 

So when you get a new puppy make sure to spend a lot of time with it as possible. Play with them with some of its toys. Teach them basic commands like sit, stay, down and speak. Make the whole event fun for both your and the puppy.

 

Effective Communication

 

While you’re spending time with your new puppy, this is a great opportunity to establish communication between you and your pet. Having some of your puppy’s favorite treats handy will be great. Tell you puppy what you want it to do, keep treats as a tool of enforcement. Every time it gets close to doing what you want, reward it and keep increasing the difficulty level once the puppy gets the hang of it.

 

You can do this with pretty much anything you want to make your pet do. All you need is some good treats and a lot of patience, because puppies will take some time figuring out what you want them to do.

 

Reinforce Positive Behavior

 

All dogs are naturally programmed to please their masters and so dogs, from a very young age, will try their best to impress their parents. That is if they know what their parents want that will impress them. For that you need to let your puppy know what you like and also what you don’t like.

 

Reinforcing positive behavior will help you achieve that. How do you do it? Well, it’s simple. If you find your puppy chewing on your shoes,discourage it for chewing on it and when it moves away from the shoes reward it with a treat. This will teach your puppy that not chewing on the shoes is appreciated.

Do the same thing if your puppy does anything you like.

 

Show Love & Keep It Fun

 

At no point is correcting a puppy by punishing them is warranted. In fact, it might impact a puppy negatively. Be stern yet loving and whatever you do with your puppy make sure it's fun for both of you. Dogs respond well to positivity in general.