While a Boston Terrier can be a wonderful companion and family pet, it is important to have a Boston Terrier training as well. Your Boston Terrier will be a member of the family, so why not allow him to know exactly what the rules are when it comes to living within your home.
Start off by establishing yourself as the alpha dog or pack leader. Why is this important? Because when your Boston Terrier is the leader, he will know that he is to protect and care for the pack. If you are not the leader, then he will take on the role and become the pack leader. This does not mean he will become aggressive though. It does mean that he will become willful and potentially aggressive if you do not assume the alpha dog or pack leader role.
Dogs are pack animals and as such, they require a leader to tell them what to do and when to do it. If you are the leader, he will love you and respect you. That is why he will not act in a way that will contravene your rules.
Another key to preventing problem behaviors is not punishing your dog for doing something wrong. Rather, punishing him for doing something wrong is a way to let him know that what he did was bad. While the new puppy is a baby, he can be taught things but not things as quickly or easily as when a full grown dog starts learning. For example, a full grown dog can learn to sit or shake a paw, but it will take a lot of time and effort for him to master these things. Puppies are tiny babies and we work very quickly. We want to get the point across to the puppy in the only way that he will understand. That is, through positive reinforcement.
I know that at times it can be difficult to spend the time necessary, but just try to remind yourself that the value of bonding with your puppy is more important than getting your own satisfaction. The time that you spend training your Boston Terrier is going to be well spent. It will promote a healthy and happy relationship between you and your pet.
There are a lot of resources available to help you with training your Boston Terrier. Check with your local vet clinic, bookstore, or library. Also, Internet websites offer good information as well. Many good websites offer free information that you can print out and use as a guide. Also, before buying any book or video, make sure that they include loads of essential information about Boston Terriers and dog training in general.
Once you have the right training materials, the next step is to get started training your Boston Terrier. Try to first research the breed so that you and your dog will both be at ease with the training. This will take some time as your dog will need to get used to the idea of being trained. You can start by teaching him a few simple commands such as sit, stay, come, or down. Each of these commands will require some sort of reward in the form of treats or toys for your dog so that he will associate the act of obeying the command to receiving something enjoyable. Repeat the commands as often as possible so that he easily remembers them and follows them.
Each time that your dog obeys your command, come around to his side so that you can reward him. It is important to get your dog to associate obedience with reward so that he will listen to your commands and do as you wish. Otherwise, if you order him to sit, he may or may not do as you wish. depending on how receptive he is. You may wish to use a treat in order to encourage his compliance. Treats come in handy here, since your dog will surely want to please you and will also increase his desire to please you by performing.
It is best to keep obedience training sessions short, between 10 and 15 minutes, and repeat them daily until your dog has mastered the commands. You will see that although he may have mastered one command, you will still need to practice it again that day because he will forget the commands quickly. Keep up with this training, and you will soon be able to see it working as planned.
So, to summarize, train your dog early and often, use only positive reinforcements, avoid punishing your dog for not obeying commands, and spend a lot of time on the most effective techniques for getting your Boston Terrier to behave.