Basic Training Tips For The Newbie Puppy Parent
Congratulations! You finally found the perfect pup. This is an exciting time, however, you will notice there is more to it than just a cute face and fluffy fur.
Once you’ve gone through your puppy checklist, you realize that it likes to chew everything in sight. Within a few hours, it has an accident or two on your once beautifully bright carpet. But don’t panic! Your puppy’s shenanigans can be handled with proper training and a bit of patience.
Set Rules And Boundaries
It is important to discuss all of the rules that will apply to not only your puppy, but everyone in the household. When one person encourages a certain behavior and another scolds the puppy for the same exact thing, things can get confusing. A confused puppy won’t learn unless it has a clear understanding of what it can and cannot do.
Think about common dog annoyances you would like to avoid. For example, if you don’t want a dog that begs for food during your every meal, don’t allow anyone to feed them table scraps as a puppy.
Designate A Private Space
You require your own space to retreat to every now and again in order to relax and regroup your thought. As it would turn out, your puppy craves that same escape. A simple dog house in the backyard, or even a dog bed in the corner, will suit your puppy just fine.
Introduce it to its space as soon as possible. Reward them once they get comfortable in that space to let them know it is okay to be there. It will recognize that area as its own. This will help your puppy adapt to its new home and become more comfortable with the training process.
Teach Them To Recognize Their Name
The first trick your puppy will learn is to come when it hears its name. Chose a name that you and your family can stick with. Changing your puppy’s name multiple times is counteractive because at that point you’re just throwing noises at it that it will not understand.
Always refer to your puppy by its name and it will catch on eventually. Once the puppy knows its name, it will become easier for you to give orders that it can understand.
Discourage All Biting And Nipping
This one can be particularly tough. As puppies, dogs tend to play by jumping on people and nipping at their hands and feet. While it might seem harmless at first, it is a behavior that can potentially threaten your family and others as the puppy grows larger.
Let your puppy know that it’s not okay to play this way by pretending you are in pain. Dogs are very empathetic, especially to those they love. If the puppy believes it is causing you pain it will become remorseful. If that method fails, trade your hand for a chew toy every time your puppy starts to bite.
Always Reward Their Good Behavior
Whenever your puppy exhibits good behavior, it should be rewarded. No matter how minimal their achievements may seem. Puppies have a difficult time learning and understanding how they are supposed to act due to their extremely short attention span.
Rewarding them for being good helps your puppy remember to continue that behavior in hopes of receiving the same reaction. Never reward bad behavior. This will cause them to assume their actions are acceptable.
Begin Potty Training Immediately
Until your puppy learns that is cannot use the bathroom indoors, you might want to confine it in a specific space to avoid messy accidents where you don’t want them. Dog boarding in a large crate or a room with a hard surface that is easy to clean.
Keep your puppy on a set feeding schedule to help predict when they need to do their business. Take them outside after every meal and each time they awake. Have them go to the bathroom in the same spot every time. They will begin to associate the area with their own scent, making them feel more comfortable going there.
Keep Pushing No Matter What
No matter how frustrating and time-consuming it may be, training your puppy as soon as it becomes a member of your household will save you from more difficult obstacles in the future. These basic training steps will allow your pup to grow up in a stimulating environment, ultimately attributing to both theirs and your family’s well-being and happiness.
Above all, show your puppy attention. Be affectionate in order to build a life-long bond that your puppy will appreciate and respect. Once they begin to understand these basic behaviors, learning will become easier for them, and teaching will become more fun for you.