Terrific Training to Undertake With Your New Puppy

by - November 28, 2018

To be able to live side by side with our dogs harmoniously, we need to train them and teach them how to act. This involves setting rules, following routines and letting them know what is and isn’t acceptable in a way that they can understand. Here are some of the ways we need to teach puppies to behave well, and ensure they grow up happy and balanced.

Toilet training
It’s so important to teach puppies where they’re allowed to go to the toilet. This is something that you actively need to teach them as they won’t know it instinctively, and can take time and effort in the beginning. You need to be regularly taking them outside after every meal and drink, waiting until they go and praising them. You could use a puppy training potty and puppy pads to prevent accidents in the house while they’re still learning. It’s a relief when this step is conquered, your puppy will learn how to ask you to go out. They might whine or scratch at the back door, no more accidents!

The world can be a big and scary place to a puppy. It’s your job to introduce them to new things, and show them that they don’t need to be fearful. A nervous puppy will usually grow up to be an aggressive dog, and so this is such an important part of raising a pup. Take them on walks to busy places such as towns and cities, where there will be adults and children, pushchairs, bicycles and traffic going past. Take them out in the car, and on public transport. Get them used to going up and down stairs, in the bath, and meeting new people and animals. Puppies are very adaptable, and doing this in the early stages will lead to a happy and balanced dog as they grow up. There are all kinds of dog meets that you can find on Facebook and other social media sites- see if there’s anything local you can take them to. It’s a great chance for you meet new people!

Agility training
A tired puppy is a happy puppy, and agility training is a great way to teach them new tricks while wearing them out. Lots of dog trainers offer this so check online to find out what’s local to you. It’s another chance for them to socialise with other dogs if it’s a group session, or with the trainer if it’s one-on-one. It will keep both you and your dog fit, provide them with plenty of stimulation and is great for bonding with them too.

Just like people, puppies will all have their own individual strengths and personalites. Some will be smart and learn quickly, others will be stubborn and so it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to training. Stick with it, be firm but fair with your pup and in time, they’ll understand what you want and be happy to please you.

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