Introducing a puppy is an exciting time for you and your family. They are cute and they want to play all day. All puppies need some sort of training, some more than others. You want to start training as soon as possible because it’s easier to train a dog when they are still a puppy. The most important thing you want to do while training a puppy is to stay consistent. Here are the first four things you should teach your new puppy.
Housetraining A New Puppy
Every puppy is going to need to know where they can use the bathroom. Either outside or inside on a puppy pad. House training a puppy can take up to six months and sometimes even a year to fully train. Housetraining takes time but becomes easier when you set up a schedule.
You should start house training when your puppy is around 12 weeks old. At this point, they start to have control of their bladder. Make sure you feed your puppy the same time every day and take them outside after each feeding. If they do not finish their food take it away so we minimize the chances of having an accident.
You should still do regular outside trips even when your puppy hasn’t eaten food or drink. Taking him out first thing in the morning, before bedtime, after playtime and every hour will teach your puppy to go outside. Make sure you supervise and give a reward each time they either pee or poop.
At night you can crate train him. Make sure the crate isn’t too small or too big. Dogs like to be in clean areas so leaving him created at night will reduce the chances of an accident. Also, they will more likely let you know that they have to go by whining or scratching at the crate.
Puppies are like babies. They teeth. Your furniture may not be safe for a while. Puppies teeth for about six months but sometimes they continue to chew. But there are some things you can do to try and help with this.
Don’t give your puppy socks or old shoes to play with. Your puppy won’t understand the difference between your old shoes and new shoes. Give them toys to play with. This will entertain them and keep them from finding other things to play with.
Supervise your puppy when you can. If they chew on a chair and you notice a few minutes later, then don’t discipline. Your puppy will not understand why they are being disciplined even if you are pointing to the chewed-up object. If you can’t supervise at that moment, put them in an area where they can’t get into anything until they understand not to chew. Keep small objects out of reach so he has no access to them to choke on them.
There are sprays that leave a bad taste and won’t ruin your furniture. However, they do not work for all dogs.
Leash Training a New Puppy
I have had dogs that got used to a leash right away and others that need some training. Even if you don’t need to take your puppy for a walk because you have a large yard you should still leash train. You might need to go somewhere that he needs to be leashed.
Let your puppy wear the leash or harness around the house for a while. He needs to get used to the feeling of it first. Once he gets used to it it’s time to take him outside with it.
Don’t pull or drag him. Let him move on his own. It can get frustrating if he wants to sit there but try to coax him. Bring treats with you so if he gets distracted you can try and encourage him to move on.
Make sure your first walk isn’t a long one. Keep them short at first. Once he gets used to being on a leash you can take him for longer walks.
Puppies are very excitable and because of this, they like to jump. This is a habit you want to teach your puppy when they are young and small because they can hurt someone. You don’t want a child or elderly person bowled over because your puppy is excited to see them.
When you have guests over try leaving him on a leash. When he is calm, slowly bring him to your guests. If he starts jumping don’t bring him any closer. It may take some time. This is something you do not want your puppy to make a habit of.
Let your guests know to ignore him when he jumps. This is something you should do too! Once he has calmed down you can start giving him attention again. He will begin to understand he only gets positive feedback when he is calm.
We hope these first four things you teach your puppy will help you to enjoy your lives together.