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Training Your Australian Shepherd Puppy


You can also begin teaching your new pup manners and basic obedience as soon as you bring him home. Be extra patient with the pup for the first few days as he is getting used to his new surroundings, but be sure to set the ground rules and let the pup know who is boss right from the start. Dogs are pack animals by nature with a well-defined social order. Far from being cruel or intended to break his spirit, training is necessary for the dog to understand his place in your ‘pack’, and, if done properly and fairly, he will respect the discipline he receives from you, his ‘pack’ leader. Some people are afraid their dog won’t love them if they discipline or reprimand them for bad behavior. But, to the contrary, correct, consistent discipline instills respect and thus strengthens a dog’s affection. Discipline can be, and must be, part of the love you give your dog, and it will increase the love he gives you. The first two words your new pup needs to learn are ‘his name’ and ‘no’.

His name should usually be used in a positive manner so the pup will be happy to hear it and will be eager to respond. ‘No’, on the other extreme, is a negative word used to get the pup to immediately stop whatever he is doing. You might also want to use a sound such as ‘Ahhh’ or ‘Eh-Eh’ to distract the pup when he is misbehaving so that you are not always saying ‘No’, ‘No’, ‘No’. It is also extremely important to praise the pup as soon as he stops whatever it was he was doing in response to your distraction command. This way the pup won’t dwell on being punished and will learn that responding to your command is the correct behavior. Other early training will include learning to walk calmly on a leash, to come when called, to sit, down, stay, etc. You should also make sure you stop bad habits before they start by letting the pup know that it is unacceptable to jump on people, get on the furniture, beg at the table, chew on things other than his own toys, bite at people, or tug on clothing. What you allow now, your puppy will expect to continue for a lifetime. Puppy Kindergarten Training classes are a wonderful way to learn how to teach your pup some of these basic principles as well as provides a great place for socializing with people and other dogs.

Again, be sure to wait until your pup has finished his complete series of puppy vaccinations before starting any puppy training class. Whether you are working with a pup or training an older dog, the following training tips should be kept in mind and should help you and your dog have a very positive working relationship.



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