Getting a new puppy for your family is always a very exciting occasion but once the initial excitement subsides, you are left with the task of training the puppy. New pet owners should begin training their puppies right away as it is important to teach puppies how to behave early in their lives. They are very intelligent animals and they will instinctively follow a pack leader. With consistent and assertive training, the puppy will come to view you as their pack leader and will learn from you. The following are four main areas of focus for training a puppy.
Potty training is an important and challenging aspect of puppy training. Many puppies learn very early to never go where they live which makes it helpful to establish a routine when taking them outside. Puppies should be given some boundaries within the home as well because dogs that have full run of the house are much harder to train. It is beneficial for their routine and training to crate them when you are not home to prevent them from destroying your home or using it as a bathroom. By taking puppies from the crate to the door and to the yard to go, you will quickly teach them that they must relieve themselves outside. While the crate is beneficial for the purpose of establishing a routine, they should not be used as a form of discipline or a way to teach puppies respect.
Creating boundaries for your puppy is another important aspect of training because they must be taught that you are the master and owner of the house. One way to establish boundaries for your puppy is to teach them to stay off the furniture. This helps to teach them which areas of the home are for them and which areas are exclusively yours. Other boundaries you should teach young puppies include no jumping and no biting which teaches them respect and submission. However, it takes a consistent effort on your part to make sure the puppy understands their boundaries by reacting every time they bite or jump on the furniture. Reacting with a firm “no” or an assertive but gentle touch will help them stop their bad behavior.
Young puppies have plenty of energy and playing fetch does not adequately burn it all, it just makes them more excited. Taking your puppy on walks will help them to burn their energy in a productive way and provide them with good exercise that will help them grow into healthy dogs. Walking your dog will also expose them to new sights and smells as well as help establish you as the pack leader. Allowing your puppy to socialize with other dogs during the walk is also beneficial for their well being.
Showing affection for your puppy is natural and can help strengthen the bond that you have with him, but affection has the best effect on puppies when used as a reward. Rewarding your dog with affection after going in the yard or walking beside you during a walk without tugging the leash will teach them proper behavior. You may show your affection with visual or verbal affirmation, petting, treats, or playtime but you should always reward them in moderation.
Puppies make wonderful additions to any household and with the right training techniques; your puppy will grow up into a loyal, happy, and healthy dog. If your work schedule causes you to have to leave your puppy home alone in a crate all day, then you could benefit from our dog sitting services. The experienced pet sitters of The Pet’s Home will walk your dog, feed them, and provide some playtime while you are at work. Contact The Pet’s Home for more information about these services.