When does puppy training start?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions as trainers. Dogs were not trained before the age of 1, due to the negative weight of the training techniques used until 10 years ago. Because the negative reinforcers in the training routine were the kind that most puppies nervous systems and anatomy couldn't handle. Today, with the new techniques, the average age of basic obedience has decreased to around 6 months. Considering this, this is a moral development. However, the belief that the training routine consists only of daily commands such as sit and lie down in basic obedience makes the puppy forget the importance of the program and this causes some systematics that need to be built are skipped. Therefore, here is the result: The dog's training begins as soon as he gets home! Considering that the pup was born from a healthy mother and father and the producer planned the birth and postpartum period properly (a pup that has experienced a problematic birth and postpartum period is not suitable for people who are not experts in the subject), the process proceeds as follows; Organizing the puppy's living space Organizing the puppy's daily schedule Accustoming the puppy to the leash and transport belt Socialization Getting the puppy used to solitude Developing the puppys drive to play Toilet training Organizing the Puppy's Living Space We all get dogs because we love them and especially when they come home when they are puppies, we do not take them off our laps, we open our entire living space to them, including the sofas and beds, and we do not allow them to be alone. Although the pup has just separated from its mother and siblings in the first days, he does not leave us much, but as his self-confidence is restored and he begins to relax in the area where he lives, he starts activities that are normal for him and can be considered a problem for us. A 2-3 bedroom apartment, a two-storey house, a 4-5 room office is an adventure full of spoils for a puppy to be explored as he gets bored. By offering such a wide area to our new friend, we constantly pee-poop, gnaw things and so on. Rather than inviting problems, it would be best to offer him a suitable living space for himself and to gradually expand this area as he gets older. This space can be a cage for some puppies (vari-box style transport cages), a shed in their garden for others, a small room in the house for others. The pup can spend time in these areas in short periods of time while you are sleeping and outside at night, and they can wander freely in the areas you want with your guidance during the time you are at home. This system will prevent unwanted behaviors that may occur in your absence and will prevent them from ossifying. The answer to which months we will open the whole area we live in for their use depends on the character of the puppy, the training you will give him and the experience you will gain in this regard. Organizing the Puppy's Daily Schedule Puppies sleep most of the day because they grow up sleeping. First of all, do not disturb the puppy in the living area you have allocated for him, let him sleep properly. Constantly getting someone in and out of the place where they are, constantly being woken up during sleep and being held in one's lap will disrupt this order and negatively affect their development. The puppies are separated from the mother around 2 months and start to eat food. If you bought the puppy during this period, you should give 4 game food a day. These meals are; It can be reduced to 3 meals in the 4th month and 2 meals in the 6th month. Keeping food and water in front of the puppy constantly will prevent him from gaining a proper feeding habit. The puppy will feel like he can come and eat it whenever he wants, like a snack, which will both decrease the value of the reward foods to be used for motivation in future studies and make it difficult to get toilet training by constantly running the excretory system. The best thing to do is to give these meals an hour and continue without disturbing them. Playtime is one of the most important parts of a puppy's daily schedule. With the toys you will buy in accordance with the teeth and jaw structure of the pup, 10-15 minutes of short playtime during the day will help them get rid of their energy and make it easier for them to sleep comfortably. It is important for puppies not to play on slippery hardwood floors, not to keep their front feet up and wait, and not to roll with dogs larger than themselves in order to avoid hip and joint problems. Accustoming the Puppy to the Leash and Lead Strap As soon as the pup comes home, wearing a leash around his neck but leaving it unused for a few weeks will be a preparation for later rides with the leash. It is best to make the transition with a harness before using the only delivery strap with the collar. Put the puppy on a comfortable harness and start taking small outings. In the first days, do not prefer areas that are very crowded, very noisy, and where there are plenty of cats and dogs. Don't go out at night. Walk in quiet areas close to its habitat. If he stumbles on anything, don't force it with the strap, crouch down and encourage him to come towards you. Don't take it in your arms every time, it will come to you so that it will gradually be encouraged. You can also use food motivation where it gets stuck. Don't take the walks too long, and don't wait in vain for her to poop before you're well-rested. He will wait for hours and return to where he feels comfortable and do it right away. I mean, in your own living space.. Socialization The socialization threshold is a very short period for the pup. At the time of birth, most of the bass ends when they are 7-8 months old. The works that are tried to be done after this period give little efficiency and take a lot of time. Socialization of the puppy does not mean endearing a dog to everyone or playing with every dog. The baby learns the good from other creatures as well as the bad. Walking on the streets with heavy traffic, escalators, elevators, walking on crowded streets, playing with dogs of their own age and size are part of the job. You can also increase the volume of the television or radio in your home from time to time and start to get used to certain sounds. Getting Your Puppy Accustomed to Solitude While living with the pup, it would be right to accustom him to being alone at a young age, taking into account that he will grow up in the future and that we will not be able to carry him with us everywhere. It is not easy to live with a dog that does not want to be alone at certain times of the day, constantly barks and protests (gnawing things – wet poop). Reactions from the environment will tire you and your social life will be badly affected. Regardless of the age of dogs, they can get used to loneliness if started with a program. But starting with the pup makes everything easier. Leave the puppy alone in its habitat at certain times of the day. Match these times to the times when his stomach is full, his need for a wet poo is fulfilled and he is tired by playing games. The most accurate order; Exit from the living area and a very short pee and poop walk Play with toys 10 min. rest Mama – Water Pee – Poop Walk Resting and accustoming to solitude in the living area is in the form. Trying to give food and water as soon as you leave the living area will cause dew and poop in the house. That's why it's best to not be lazy and pee for five minutes. The reason why the games are before food and water is to prevent stomach torsion, which has the highest death rate in dogs. Puppy fills his stomach, ball toy etc. As soon as he sees it, he dives into the game and starts jumping and his stomach may turn. It will be healthy to wait for a while, as water and food will not be healthy right after the games. The habitat of the pup, which will be accustomed to loneliness, should be determined in the quietest places of the house, the farthest from the areas we use heavily. The approach of "it's a pity, don't be far away from us, at least so that he can see us" is nothing but tormenting the pup. The most important trick is to never go near the puppy when it cries or barks. Schist – Track – Even if you enter the room to say no, he will think that he brought you there because he was barking or crying in his own head. The system that works in the dog is continued increasingly. So as you go, the cries will turn to barking and barking to howling. Developing Puppy's Play Motive The effect of play motivation on learning and working motivation has been proven today and large companies have even started to design their offices in this direction. Not all dogs have the same level of play motivation, but this drive can be built from a young age. At this age, the games you will play at certain times of the day will allow the puppies to bite your hands and feet and to deal with the items in your home less. The baby's milk teeth change after the 4th month and the new ones get real teeth. Until this time, it is useful to choose plush and towel-style soft toys. You can leave hard toys with him that he can't smash and swallow so he can scratch his teeth. However, if you do not remove other soft toys after the game is over, the pup may break up and swallow it, which can cause serious problems. Toilet training Proper toilet training means that the puppy's eating, drinking and walking patterns work like clockwork. The fact that the excretory system of the pup is working due to free feeding other than its own meals will complicate the work. For this reason, it is important not to give food and water outside the hours you have previously determined. Keeping food and water in front of them all the time makes this job impossible. It will also make your job easier if the baby eats the same food. Different foods, reward biscuits and different foods will cause the excretory system to work excessively and untimely. After each food and water, the puppy should be left and waited in the designated grass or soil toilet area, and after wee pooping, it should be loved and rewarded with its own food. Since the puppies are not accustomed to traveling with apricots, they will hold their toilet and do it where they feel comfortable, namely at home. So if possible, free roaming is best in the beginning. It would not be right to expect the pup to poop in crowded and noisy environments. It is suitable for young or adult dogs. Instead of taking long walks and waiting for hours, it makes more sense to go to the same place often. In the beginning, it will be useful to go to the same place until the pee-pooping job is ossified and to choose the places where other dogs pee. If the pup has pooped outside, then it is useful to take it to our own living spaces, if it does not, it is useful to keep it in its own habitat for 1 hour and try again. The thought of “you will be with us if you poop” will settle in your puppy's brain day by day and your work will accelerate.