Thursday, 29 October, 2020

How Can I Get My Puppy To Pay Attention During Training


Most puppies, like most young children, have very short attention spans. Male dogs are more playful and active than females, in general. And if you have those high energy dogs (Min Pin, Chihuahua, Schnauzer, Shiba inu rescue, and many terriers), then you really need to be on toes at all times.

Does this mean dogs with extra batteries installed, getting your puppy to pay attention to your command is almost impossible? Not at all, they just need extra avenues to dispose of some of their energy and/or a little more patient on your part.

Some Possibilities Why Your Puppy Isn’t Paying Attention to You

Exercise: Do you puppy get enough exercise? Regardless of breed, size, age, weight, fitness level, all dogs need some form of exercise to stay physically and mentally fit. If your puppy didn’t get that extra energy out of his system, paying attention to you could be very challenging. You don’t have to wear him out before training begins, just make sure he gets a good interesting walk at least once a day.

Does your puppy get enough exercise? Regardless of breed, size, age, weight, fitness level, all dogs need some form of exercise to stay physically and mentally fit. If your puppy didn’t get that extra energy out of his system, paying attention to you could be very challenging. You don’t have to wear him out before training begins, just make sure he gets a good interesting walk at least once a day. Activity: Does your puppy have enough activity throughout the day? Some activities can be physically demanding for some dogs (i.e. climbing stairs, hide and seek, roaming around the house) but some are just quiet time spent with you. Make sure your pup gets at least 15 minutes of quality time with you each day. These ’sedated’ activities can be anything from cuddling time, grooming time to goofing off time. Give him all the attention he needs so he doesn’t feel he is being deprived.

Does your puppy have enough activity throughout the day? Some activities can be physically demanding for some dogs (i.e. climbing stairs, hide and seek, roaming around the house) but some are just quiet time spent with you. Make sure your pup gets at least 15 minutes of quality time with you each day. These ’sedated’ activities can be anything from cuddling time, grooming time to goofing off time. Give him all the attention he needs so he doesn’t feel he is being deprived. Motivator: Are you using any tool to motivate your puppy? Praise is one of the best motivational tools to get a puppy or an adult dog to pay attention to. You can’t do any harm by overpraising your dog when it’s done appropriately. Another motivational tool is either using a food treat or toy. Most dogs are food-driven; some will focus more on you when their favorite toy is in your possession. So find what tool drives your puppy and use it to your full advantage.

Are you using any tool to motivate your puppy? Praise is one of the best motivational tools to get a puppy or an adult dog to pay attention to. You can’t do any harm by overpraising your dog when it’s done appropriately. Another motivational tool is either using a food treat or toy. Most dogs are food-driven; some will focus more on you when their favorite toy is in your possession. So find what tool drives your puppy and use it to your full advantage. Eliminate: Has your puppy done his necessary potty? Generally, when puppies need to go they really need to go. Most will poo and pee at the training spot, others (well-trained) might be busy looking for a quiet spot to eliminate. Remember that good INTERESTING walk I said earlier on?

Has your puppy done his necessary potty? Generally, when puppies need to go they really need to go. Most will poo and pee at the training spot, others (well-trained) might be busy looking for a quiet spot to eliminate. Remember that good INTERESTING walk I said earlier on? Timing: Is your training session over 15 minutes long? I’ve said this many times in my training articles, all training should be kept very short—no longer than 5 minutes especially for young dogs. Don’t ask more than what your dog can give you. Remember be a KISSER (Keep It Short and Simple with Easy Repetitions) trainer and always end in positive notes (praises)—this will reinforce the positive feelings for your pup so that he’ll want to do it again come to the next training session.

Bear in mind, there will always be some highly intelligent dogs who can put you to the test. A smart dog is usually more trouble than a dumb dog. Smart dogs are always a step ahead of you, manipulating you. You either have to be very patient with him or try to outwit him or get rid of that intelligent pup. Just kidding!!!