Understanding the Average Attention Span of a Puppy

A puppy’s attention span can be molded. It is a general rule of thumb that the larger the dog, the longer the attention span the puppy may have. This may not be so true. A puppy from it’s first introduction to your home and family, will have a lot of things to discover. There are smells, sights and sounds the puppy will need to recognize in the new surroundings to make it feel at home. By letting the puppy wander through the house to make it’s own discoveries, it assumes ‘headship’ or ownership of the home. This instills in the puppy immediately that he may do whatever it is he likes. If a puppy believes he is the master of the house, he will have no desire to be attentive to your commands. The puppy’s attention span has not been directed; therefore, the puppy will find distraction easily. That is the beginning of a puppy’s attention span.

Training begins as soon as a puppy is taken home. From the very first moment, the puppy needs to understand that you are the master and he needs to keep eyes and ears on you. There are many small healthy treats that you can keep in your pocket to lure the puppy’s attention as soon as you see him wander. Though the attention span may be short at first, the puppy will very quickly learn to keep watch for more treats and his eyes will begin to follow your every move: waiting in anticipation for the next instruction. Even if it is simply to sit at your feet for the next hour, a puppy can be trained to elongate his patience by constant reinforcement until he has reached your expectations. Do not forget however, that a dog loves to be challenged even after it has been trained as a puppy. Small exercises on a daily basis will maintain and improve the attention span of your puppy as he grows to be your trusted, friendly hound.

A dog-owner-to-be should always do their research before bringing the puppy home. The breed of the dog should be taken into consideration as well as how cute it is. Dogs of all breeds generally ‘want’ to please. Some dogs consider training aa a means of entertainment. Some breeds instinctively have a stubborn streak, no matter how many treats are in your pocket. A breed requiring hours of exercise each day will be extremely difficult to keep attentive in a small room. A breed that normally grows into a passive dog will still demand a routine of instructions, expectations, and obedience. Any puppy that is rewarded for their behaviour learns to repeat that behaviour. Any puppy that is ‘not’ shown how to listen to their master learns to behave any way it pleases.

It is never too early to train your puppy to be the loyal, attentive dog you desire to have. Training guides and tips for beginning the relationship with your puppy are found http://www.cesarsway.com/ – a highly recommended source of puppy and adult dog advice.