Puppy Training Tips for New Dog Parents
We all love our furry friends – they’re cute, cuddly, and make us smile. But having a new puppy around isn’t all fun and games! Puppies are known for being a bit mischievous and learning how far they can push the limits. Before you know it, your furry friend will be out of those puppy stages and fully trained. Devote the time that your pet needs to learn how to become the best pet in the world. Here are some puppy training tips every new dog parent should know:
- Be Consistent: Your new puppy is learning everything he can about the world. He doesn’t understand why one thing is good and the other is bad, and he’s still getting used to your rules. It may take some trial and error, but it’s all part of the learning process. That’s why it’s important to hold your ground and be consistent when it comes to enforcing your rules. If he’s not allowed on the dinner table, then this behavior needs to be corrected each time he jumps up asking for food.
- Be Prompt: It’s important to correct any undesirable behavior as soon as possible. Arriving home and reprimanding a dog who’s chewed up a pair of shoes while you were away won’t be effective, because the behavior happened hours ago. Your dog won’t understand that those two actions were related, and he won’t understand the connection, if any. Instead, be diligent and aware of what your puppy is getting into, and ready to correct the behavior if and when it happens.
- Be Firm: Having a strong, forceful “NO” is the best way to show your puppy who is in control. Never use physical force when training your puppy. Instead, work on building trust and showing that you are the “alpha dog” in the house by setting the ground rules, and sticking to them.
- Use Positive Reinforcement: Don’t just correct your pet when he does something wrong; reward them when they do something right! If it’s a behavior that you want them to continue to do, then shower them with praise or a treat. Did they go to the bathroom outside? Tell them “good boy” and toss them a treat. This will let the dog know that what they did was what you were looking for. They will remember this positive interaction and want to continue it.
- Have A Routine: Dogs, like humans, need structure to their day. They need time to go to the bathroom, they want to know when they will be fed, and they want love and affection. It’s good to have a routine so that they know what to anticipate during their day. When things constantly change, it can create an unstable environment for your dog which can make them feel anxious.
Even if your pet is the best dog around you and others, they might act differently with new people. Always introduce new people slowly and calmly to see how they will react. Starting good pet parenting habits now will create a happy environment for everyone. Be mindful of changes in the routine that may be making your furry friend uncomfortable. Is there a new member in the household? Did their food change? Are you not home as often as before? All of these things can lead your well behaved dog to start acting out. Figure out what might have changed so that you can fix the problem.