Bringing a new puppy home is almost like bringing home a new baby. Even before you step through the door, you need to prepare. From buying a comfy bed to plenty of toys, new puppy owners have a lot to do. But, after you and your new pup get settled in and they start to grow, the real fun begins. Training a new puppy not only spares your home from being destroyed, but it also helps your pup learn much-needed manners to become a welcomed member of the family and eventually the neighborhood. Below are a few tips to help get the ball rolling and teach your new furry friend the basics.
What to Use
Puppies are curious by nature, so you need training aids that are durable and safe. Puppy pads are a must, so buy ones that can withstand your dog’s desire to rip them to shreds. For leash training, choose a harness instead of a collar for walks. Collars can pull on a puppy’s delicate neck and trachea, causing unintentional damage. Leashes should also be long enough to grow with your puppy, but strong enough to withstand the pulling phase. When it comes to rewards, Pet Supermarket says to stick with treats specifically formulated for your puppy’s digestive system. Adult dog treats may cause gastrointestinal upset. If you’re not sure, you can ask your vet which treats are safest.
When to Start
According to Positive Paws Pet Training, puppies as young as eight weeks can be ready for training, so you can start training the moment you bring your new dog home. Granted, you may want to give them a day or two to settle in and relish in all of the cuddles. But, since puppies are eager to learn, it’s important to start as soon as possible, especially when it comes to potty training and chewing. After all, training a puppy is hard work.
Most people want to start with housebreaking but teaching your puppy basic commands can save their life. Puppies want to explore, often in places they don’t belong. Teaching your dog to “sit” and “stay” can prevent them from running into traffic if they escape the leash. These commands, in addition to “come,” should be at the top of your puppy training to-do list.
New puppies bring so much joy, but they’re also a huge responsibility. If you’ve never had a dog before, you might not know where to begin or when to start for that matter. As much as you may want a new furry friend, never impulse buy. Take the time to learn about different dog breeds, and make sure you have the time and financial means to properly take care of a puppy.
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