Training a Stubborn Puppy: Patience, Creativity, and More Patience
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.
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:
- Does your puppy refuse to walk on leash? Be positive
and relaxed, even though that can be difficult. Try carrying your
pup a short distance from home and then leading him back on leash.
If he still doesn't want to move, take him within sight of home
- and have something he wants at home (another family member
happily calling his name; another pet; a favorite toy; etc).
Try to keep the leash loose while you walk.
your puppy early will make it much easier to safely
exercise and socialize him.
Does your stubborn little guy only want to go
to the bathroom in a certain spot? Perhaps some
puppy training pads
would help. These are specially scented, absorbent
pads that encourage dogs to eliminate on them. You
can use them both indoors and outdoors (but don't
leave them outside! Puppy pad
training has its uses, and the pads are relatively
affordable and convenient to use. Just take them out, encourage
your pup to use them, then discard full pads or bring unused
pads inside for later use).
- Does your puppy bite or nip you while trying
to play? This behavior needs to be corrected, as
it might be "cute" when a small puppy does
it, but it's not so cute when puppy grows into a big
dog! It's important to
train your puppy not to bite,
right from the start.
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
These are just a few ways puppies can be stubborn! Remember to use
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