Do you know the four P’s of training a golden retriever? If you have a new golden retriever puppy, here are the four things you must know to be successful in training your new pet.
Patience is a necessary ingredient in any dog training program. Your golden retriever puppy isn’t really out to drive you crazy, even though it may seem that way at times! The key is to never lose your temper. Always end your training sessions on a good note, no matter how badly it may have gone that day. You want your puppy to look forward to the training sessions, not dread them.
If you feel yourself getting angry, stop the session and play with your pup for a few minutes, until you calm down. Anger can scare your puppy, which will make training him even harder.
Don’t give up! Commit to regular training sessions, and you’ll see progress. It make take some time, especially if you have an older or stubborn dog, so it’s important to stick with it.
It’s better to have several short training sessions each day, instead of one long one. Four ten- or fifteen-minute sessions every day are much more effective than a weekly marathon session lasting an hour or two. Take advantage of teachable moments whenever you’re feeding your pet, playing with him, or walking him.
Practice, practice, practice. Remember the old saying, “practice makes perfect”? Well, it’s true, especially when it comes to dog training. For example every time you feed your pet, use the sit-stay command. He has to sit quietly until you put the food dish on the floor and release him to eat. Doing this reinforces the command in his mind.
When you go for a walk, have him sit and stay quietly when you meet someone. You can think of dozens of ways to incorporate practicing what you’re teaching him into your daily routine.
Praise is the most powerful “P” of all. Your dog lives for your praise, so praise him liberally when he does what you want. Ignore him when he doesn’t. He’ll soon stop the bad behavior and focus on obeying you so he can get that praise. Slipping him a treat is also a great way to reward your golden retriever when he does what you want.
Keeping the four P’s in mind will make training your golden retriever a fun experience for both of you!
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