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Where Are The Best Places To Train A Puppy: A Few Suggestions

A pup is a bundle of pure energy that has a seemingly endless potential for mischief, and they require lots of attention and patience and care. Correcting behavior, finding an outlet for that boundless energy and training your new best friend need not be an unpleasant chore though. Sometimes just the location can add a pleasant slant to the training process. So here are some tips on where are the best places to train a puppy, with this in mind.
Probably the most pertinent training to give a new pup includes: sitting on command, coming when called, respecting personal boundaries and learning good on-leash behavior. Correcting (not punishing) bad behavior and rewarding good behavior will be a part of your daily life until your little fur-ball gets a handle on the ‘pack rules’.
Teaching tricks is also a great way to bond with your pet and also serves to stimulate his or her mind. This article will not be about training your puppy per se, but about the best places to accomplish common training goals and contribute to your and your puppy’s enjoyment and wellbeing.
The leash is a link between you and your dog, a means of ensuring safety and delivering corrective instruction, not a restriction or a means of punishment. Start at home with a few paces and gradually increase distance, especially if your pup is still a little tyke. There are many dog parks in most cities and they serve two functions – getting your dog the exercise he/she needs and learning good social behavior from and with other dogs.
Exercise is very important, especially for puppies – and providing it will help to burn away reserves of energy that can otherwise manifest in bad behavior. Many trainers suggest treadmills for hyperactive dogs. Another suggestion is to make use of any staircases you may have access to – having your pup run up and down stairs chasing or retrieving a ball is a great example of a location adding value to your training. It has the added benefit of not being weather-dependent and allowing you to multi-task – perhaps finish up some paperwork at a desk between tossing the ball and administering pats and praise.
Dog-friendly beaches are fantastic places – especially for hyperactive pups. The sand provides less traction and so shorter walks and runs are more effective. Digging and barking at waves are also great entertainment. Pack a picnic and use the opportunity to teach your best bud some boundaries regarding people-food. Dunes and hills are great places to teach the roll-over trick, as gravity will help with movement.
Hiking and low-grade mountain climbing are activities you can share with most breeds of dog, and beautiful, quiet surroundings make for a great place to deal with behavioral issues linked to insecurity, nervousness or anxiety. Take along some chicken broth in a squeeze bottle and when you rest spray a couple of random spots to let a fearful pup’s nose spur him/her to explore the environment with more confidence.
In choosing where are the best places to train a puppy, remember to keep your dog’s breed, personality and safety in mind. Use a leash in public places except where indicated. Always take baggies along and clean up after your pet. Bring along water and a small dish if the weather is warm or you are going on a long foray. And never forget to take along some dry treats to aid in training and correction.…