Congratulations on adding a new member to your family! If this is your first dog/puppy, welcome to the incredibly fulfilling world of dog ownership. Puppies can be a lot of fun, but they do take quite a bit of work. There are various things your puppy needs to become the best version of itself, and proper training is one of the most important factors.
Puppy training can appear overwhelming because there is so much for them to learn, but don’t you worry! We’ve provided some tips that can help you navigate a training regimen that will allow your new puppy to become healthy and happy as a new member of your family.
Socializing is what it sounds like. Get your puppy outside and exposed to meeting new dogs and humans along with new environments and situations. A well-socialized puppy tends to more often than not become a well-adjusted adult. In fact, the most common behavior concerns in dogs stem from a lack of proper early socialization, like excessive barking, fear, and aggression.
It is vital to get your new puppy used to various places, animals, people, sounds, and sights so they will not react poorly to them when grown up. It is also wise to get your puppy acclimated to being handled in various ways. This will help your puppy feel comfortable in places such as the groomer or vet.
Housebreaking is typically the highest training priority for most. It can be frustrating when your dog relieves itself in the house. House training is one of the primary things you will work on with your puppy. Get you and your puppy on a good start by setting a feeding schedule. By feeding your puppy at the same time, bathroom needs should be around the same time. A rule of thumb is to take your puppy outside to potty every time they eat, drink, or wake up from a nap. This will also help you keep your yard free of pet waste since you will know specific bathroom times.
It is very important to remember that punishment does not tend to have the desired effect. Things such as scolding or rubbing a puppy’s nose in their mess will only scare and confuse them. Positive methods of encouraging good behavior with praise, playtime, or treats tend to have quicker and lasting effects.
Bite inhibition is a vital part of training your puppy, and it involves teaching them to use their teeth gently. Puppies will begin to learn bite inhibition from their mothers and interactions with their littermates. Most will need to continue learning this once they go into a home. One method of teaching your puppy bite inhibition is allowing them to use their mouth when playing with them and ending playtime when teeth are used too hard. Once your puppy learns that playing stops when they bite too hard, you should see a result of them using their mouth more gently. Letting out a yelp can be helpful as to give verbal feedback too.
The reason bit inhibition is so vital is because it keeps you safe from the needle-like puppy teeth. Still, more importantly, it also helps prevent serious biting from occurring when they grow into adulthood.
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