Here are some puppy training tips to make teaching your new puppy fun and effective! If you follow these short but useful tips, they will eliminate a lot of the stress associated with bringing a new puppy home.
When To Start Puppy Training
So when should you start training your new puppy? Immediately!
Puppies, like children spell love “T-I-M-E”. Don’t worry about buying the perfect bed, or filling your home with lots of toys. Yes, your puppy needs a safe place to sleep and good food, but your puppy also needs a strong leader – that’s you.
It’s your job to work with your new puppy to teach him the rules of the house and what behavior is acceptable. I know it’s tempting to spoil a puppy ‘rotten’, but this will definitely lead to issues later on and add stress now.
Be firm, but not mean. If you do not want your puppy to sleep on the sofa – start that training now. If you want your puppy to wait to go outside rather than bolting out the door in front of you – start that training now. If you want your puppy to listen to you as the leader, be the leader from day one.
Potty Training Your Puppy
Puppies naturally want to keep there home clean. They do not ‘want’ to soil where they sleep. This is good news!
Make sure that your new puppy has a place to relieve himself where he feels safe and always go to the same place with familiar smells. This is not the time to introduce variety!
Take your puppy out first thing in the morning, and every time you take him out of his crate. Take him to the same spot in the yard. This will help him form the habit of going to potty outside, in the same spot.
Do not go back inside until your puppy is successful and then praise, praise, praise him. NEVER punish your new puppy when he has an accident – you don’t want to create a negative association for relieving himself.
Training Your Puppy To Walk On A Leash
Puppies need LOTS of exercises! There’s no better way to get some good exercise and create a life-long bond with your puppy than a daily walk.
Here are some basic rules that you should follow.
Make sure that you’re puppy is completely calm before you leave the house. This is the one puppy training tip that most of you will ignore – and you’ll pay the price LOL. This will be a lesson in patience and impulse control for you and your puppy.
Once your puppy is completely calm, then you can start walking toward the door. If your puppy starts to pull or lead you in in way, either stop and wait, or calmly start walking in the opposite direction.
The same rule applies during the walk. If your puppy starts to pull or take the lead, calmly turn and walk the other way.
Remember, you are in charge – not your puppy. Don’t give in to the cuteness. Stay strong and stay patient.
Follow these simple puppy training tips and your puppy will be headed in the direction of being a great dog!