Toy Australian Shepherd Puppy Training for Beginners
It is important to start your Toy Australian Shepherd Puppy training as soon as you bring it home. You can train your puppy personally or hire a professional. You might also as your veterinarian to recommend a trainer or look in your local newspaper for a trainer in your area.
There are two types of training: behavioural and obedience.
Behavioral puppy training prevents and or corrects bad habits that your Toy Australian Shepherd Puppy may develop or already has developed. These behaviors can range from jumping, begging, chewing, car chasing or climbing on furniture. It is very important to be consistent during the training process. For example, do not let your puppy on the jump up on your bed unless you are planning to allow it to sleep on the bed when it is fully grown. Taking the time to learn your Toy Australian Shepherd puppy’s natural instincts and behaviour patterns along with initiating a regular exercise routine will help you communicate with your puppy and can mean the difference between success and failure.
Obedience puppy training is training the puppy to obey certain commands such as sit, stay, come and teaching it to heel. Training sessions should be frequent but short to prevent your puppy from becoming bored; stick to 10 to 15 minute sessions, 2 or 3 times a day to keep the lessons fresh and interesting.
Toy Australian Shepherd Puppy Training Hot Tip
Hot Tip: Conducting your Toy Australian Shepherd puppy training right before a meal will help them associate their meal with a reward for the training and also make them more interested in the food treat you use in your training session.
Before giving a word command to your puppy, speak its name to get its attention; then speak a one-word command such as “stay,” “sit,” “come” or “heel.” Do not get impatient. You will probably have to repeat the command many times. Never use negative reinforcement. Never call your puppy to come to you for punishment because this will teach your puppy not to come on command. Seriously, would you?? Be sure to keep any frustration out of the tone of your voice. If you feel yourself becoming frustrated, take a break. Your puppy can sense your frustration and will start to associate training with your unhappiness. Trust us, you cannot hide your frustration from a puppy, you cannot pretend! Your puppy, as young as it is will be able to feel human emotions, so stay relaxed, firm and confident.
Some of the specific commands are “sit,” “stay,” “come,” “down” and “heel”. When speaking the commands, say them loudly and clearly, repeating them often. Your puppy will need to hear the commands over and over, but will soon begin to associate each word with its meaning. Always remember to praise your Toy Australian Shepherd puppy when it responds correctly. This will encourage your puppy to perform correctly the next time. You may either use food, or affection such as a belly rub, a pet or verbal praise as the reward or both. Don’t use food every time though as you may be needing extra walking sessions!!
A lot of puppy and dog training classes teach the heel command only in the advanced classes. The heel command should actually be one of the first things you add to your Toy Australian Shepherd Puppy training. They need to learn how to follow. Once you establish this, all other aspects of training will be easier and their behavior in general will be better as the puppy will learn to respect you as the leader.
Toy Australian Shepherd Puppy Training – The Sit Command
When teaching your Toy Australian Shepherd puppy to sit, hold your hand high over its head with a reward in it. Your puppy will look up at the reward. Use your other hand to gently push the puppy’s behind into a sitting position, and say in a clear, firm tone, “SIT”. Keep your hand with the treat in the air above your puppy’s head. When your puppy sits, give the treat and also some verbal praise. Never allow your puppy to jump up and grab the reward out of your hand. If they make an attempt to grab the treat, say “NO” firmly and start again. You will have to repeat this process over and over to lock in the behavior. Eventually, your Toy Australian Shepherd puppy will learn to associate the action with the reward and will sit without your assistance. Remember the training sessions should be short but frequent. Repeat these actions throughout the day and if you get frustrated, stop and try again later. You’ll get there!
Toy Australian Shepherd Puppy Training – The Stay and Come Commands
It is usually best to keep your Toy Australian Shepherd puppy training in the right order. Teach the sit command before you try to teach the stay command. The reason is your puppy will have an easier time staying if it is already in a sitting position! Logical, right? After your Toy Australian Shepherd puppy training has the sitting command down, and your puppy has been correctly sitting for a couple of days without assistance, it is time to teach your pupply to stay and come. Tell your puppy to sit. Have two rewards in your hand. After your puppy sits, give it one of the rewards.
While still right in front of your puppy, hold your empty hand up like a stop sign in front of your puppy’s face and back up slowly saying “STAY” clearly and firmly. Be sure to stay facing your puppy and remain looking at their eyes. Go a short distance and say with some enthusiasm, “COME.” When your puppy comes to you, hand over the second reward and give verbal praise. If your puppy gets up and runs to you without the “COME” command, say “NO” and start all over again. Remember to always verbally praise and provide a food reward when a new command is achieved. Start off only backing up a short distance from your puppy. As your Toy Australian Shepherd puppy training shows success and your puppy begins to understand what you want, you may back farther away and eventually you may be able to walk out of sight and have your puppy still stay until they hear the “COME” command. Remember to be consistent and stop if you become frustrated.
Toy Australian Shepherd Puppy Training – The Lie Down Command
After successfully navigating through the Toy Australian Shepherd puppy training for the sit, stay, and come commands, it’s time to teach the lie down command. Firstly, tell your puppy to sit. Show off the reward you have in your hand. Hold the reward up and then bring it down in front of the puppy to the floor and say “DOWN” in a firm clear voice. Only give the reward if your puppy lies down to reach it. Do not hand over the treat if your puppy stays standing up to reach the reward. Again, repeat this throughout the day as much as possible, keeping sessions short and frequent.
Each Toy Australian Shepherd puppy training session should include any new commands you are trying as well as old commands your puppy has already learned — so your puppy does not forget them. Always be consistent. Stay positive and take the time to play with your Toy Australian Shepherd puppy during training sessions to teach the idea that following commands is a happy time, filled with fun, love and is rewarding.