How To Train Your New Puppy

The basics of training a puppy are about the same no matter what breed you decide to welcome into your life. However, knowing something about the characteristics of the different breeds will help you to fine tune your training and use the most effective method for your particular puppy. Two popular family dogs are Basset Hound puppies and Golden Retriever puppies. They both have lovable personalities, although training may be a bit different for each.

The best time to begin training your puppy is the day you bring him or her home. Crate training is the easiest way to train any puppy, since you have more control and can keep a better eye on the pup. The crate you select must be large enough for the puppy to stand, turn around and lie down fully stretched out. Never use the crate to punish your puppy. He or she needs to see it as a safe place to live.

Be Consistent

Take your puppy outdoors to eliminate about every two hours. Go to the same place and say the same thing. You can say go potty, do business or any word you want to use. When the puppy eliminates, be generous with your praise and give a treat. Use the same method for everything you want to teach your puppy and be consistent, whether it is to sit and stay, walk on a lead or to come when called.

A bit of research on the Internet will result in finding training aids such as special collars, invisible fences and training programs. Just be certain that no cruel methods are used that will hurt or frighten the puppy. Even some popular products are not good to use on your little canine. Do not trust everything just because it is on the Internet. Modern technology has resulted in great products and advances in training and health care for pets.

Social Media Help

Social media sites and forums are excellent places to discuss pet ownership with other people who have Basset Hound puppies or Golden Retriever puppies. Members are willing to share their experiences with training and care, and you can pick up some good tips that may work for you. Most pet owners are not experts, however, so if you are not sure of something, check it out with your veterinarian.

Training Golden Retreiver Puppies. Basset Hound Puppies

Golden Retrievers have great energy and need a lot of exercise. They are highly intelligent and fast learners, although they may want to play rather than learn. They respond better to positive rather than negative training. Be firm and consistent and give them lots of praise and a treat when they obey.

When house training a Basset puppy, keep in mind that this breed can be hard to train. Although they may need a little extra time and patience, once they learn they will not forget their training. They are very intelligent, but some days they just want to do things their own way and can be very stubborn. Always keep a Basset on a lead, as they have an amazing nose and have a tendency to run off when they catch a scent.

Never scold any puppy for accidents and never hit or otherwise physically abuse the puppy. Abuse will only serve to make the puppy afraid of you or aggressive toward humans and will accomplish nothing toward training. Your puppy will soon learn what you want and will try hard to please you. Treat your puppy gently, give it good care and you will have a wonderful companion for all of its life.

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Emily MacSween is an Ontario blogger and dog lover. She suggets Golden Asset Kennels for anyone looking to buy well bred Golden Retriever or Basset Hound puppies

The Importance of Dog Training


So you are probably thinking that any kind of training will spoil the relationship you have with your dog.  After all pampered dogs should get away with things, that’s what being spoiled is all about.  So he barks uncontrollably and pulls at the leash when going for a walk, and you do have to put him in another room anytime somebody knocks on the door so you can get the door open, but that’s OK because your dog rules the house.  He is spoiled rotten, right?  Well, not really.  Sorry to burst your bubble, but in spite of your dog not being human he is expected to act polite.  Sure your dogs’ antics may seem  adorable to you, you might think it’s cute when he jumps up and scratches the door or jumps all over company, but his victims are not amused.

You might think you don’t want to exercise the authority to discipline him and have what it takes to make him behave and that’s quite all right, really.  Being a dog owner doesn’t require to just jump in and start cracking the whip.  You are right in denouncing the pathetic idea that humans must dominate and establish who the boss is when dealing with animals.

Where you are wrong though is in your basic understanding of dog training.  You need to realize that training your dog is not proving how much better you are than he is.  You are not trying to teach him ‘human rules’  thereby trying to make it more ‘human’.  Training is not a way of ‘humanizing’ a dog, it is a way of improving the relationship you have with your dog and making him more sociable.

‘What’s the point of that?’ you might wonder.  Well, most of us spend the better part of our lives working at the office, taking care of personal business, online etc.  The little time we get to spend with our family and pets we try to blend with some sort of socializing.  We go for a walk after dinner or over to a friends’ house for a movie.  If our dogs are unfriendly and act up, we leave them behind, at home, alone.  Soon our dog is barely a part of our lives at all.

Now, just like humans, pets get lonely too.  It gets lonely when left by himself, alone, in a dark house with nobody to pat him on the head or pet him.

So you see, by not training your dog, you keep your dog from enjoying the company and activities he would like to do.

Obedience training is a means of letting your dog cope better with his environment.  It grants every dog an easier life and makes him easier to live with.  Training your dog will give you an opportunity to spend more time with your beloved pet, no matter where you are going.

So get in there and give your dog a pat on the head and take him out for training. A few magic words like ‘sit’, ‘stay’, ‘down’ and ‘come’ with change the relationship you have with your companion forever.