Training a stubborn puppy is a challenge... made even harder because puppies are so adorable! All puppies, however, should learn the rules of the household as well as good doggy manners - and it's best to do so right from the beginning before they develop any hard-to-break bad habits. Dog training is therefore a must, right from the time the cute little ball of fluff joins the household. Here are a few suggestions on training a stubborn puppy:
Although sometimes it feels like you may need the patience of a saint, calmly and consistently showing your puppy what's okay and what's not will eventually get through to him. Remember not to engage in any type of play or attention when your puppy bites - just stop immediately and walk away. Your puppy will eventually learn that biting or nipping puts an immediate end to your attention and makes all the fun stop.
These are just a few ways puppies can be stubborn! Remember to use positive reinforcement training so that training is fun, and never physically punish your dog. This can lead to aggressive or fearful behaviors.
Consider taking your little one to puppy training classes. These fun classes are a great way to learn from the dog professionals. It gives your puppy a chance to socialize with other dogs, learn good manners, and gives you the opportunity to learn and observe positive training methods that work with all sorts of canine personalities, including stubborn puppies!