Getting your new puppy home is like bringing home a new born child. The little thing is unfamiliar with the surroundings, a little scared, a little curious and also young and innocent. You have just brought it away from its familiar surrounding and hence you need to care for it with patience, understanding and love.
Training your new puppy is a step that should begin from Day One, from the moment you get it home. Do remember that your puppy will take some time to adjust to the training process.
We bring to you a few basic tips that will help you train the new member in your family.
Toilet training – It is the most important part of training a puppy and often the one that worries people the most.
- Set a schedule: You can start by setting a pattern wherein you feed the puppy and then take him outside within 15 to 20 minutes so he can relieve himself.
- Create space: You need to keep a designated place for the puppy to relieve itself. Dogs like to pee where they have peed before. You could try using a cloth to soak up your puppy’s pee and the next time you take it out again, bring the soiled cloth and put it in the same spot. The dog will sniff the cloth and immediately wet it again. This trick can be used for the initial days till the puppy is accustomed to the place.
- Observe signs: Watch for signs of urination/defecation like turning around in circles, whining, digging the ground and the likes and immediately take him out.
Once your puppy starts going to the door or crying when he needs to relieve himself, you know that he is now potty trained. Do remember that if the puppy is left alone at home or you ignore its calls to go out in time, he might end up urinating/pooping inside the house. And that wouldn’t be his fault.
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Preventing destructive chewing/ biting: You need to observe what leads to the puppy chewing on things, is it boredom, lack of attention or so on. Whenever you see him trying to chew on something, distract him and give him chew toys that will keep him busy. You need to be especially careful when leaving the puppy alone; keep him in one room where his toys are easily accessible and other possible chewable things are kept out of his reach.
Your puppy will also have a tendency to bite albeit in a playful manner. But you need to train it in a way that it doesn’t bite too hard or doesn’t bite at all. You can do this by making a loud disapproving sound whenever it tries to bite you. The puppy will eventually realize that biting upsets you.
Obedience training: It is important that you train your puppy to obey certain commands as this will discipline the relationship. Teaching your puppy commands like come, sit, fetch etc. is important. You need to say the word loudly and repeatedly and get the puppy to move accordingly. You might have to repeat it several times but do not lose patience. Reward the puppy each time it gets the command right.
Rewarding your puppy: This applies to every step of the training. Always praise the puppy and reward him when he gets his action right. Praising him will make him realize that the action makes you happy and hence he will try to follow it. Avoid reprimanding the puppy as this will make him fear you and could also lead to bad behavior and encourage aggression. Use simple words like good, bad, yes, no or a belly rub and a food treat to convey the right things to the puppy.
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We also have some yummy treats that can be used to reward your dog while training here!