New Puppy? 4 Must Do Training Areas to Consider

If you just brought your new puppy home, or are about to, you are probably letting her get away with many things… you’re to busy playing with her and showing her off to family and friends. This can be a big mistake! Training a new puppy needs to start at day one. Rules and boundaries should be established and taught as early as possible.

The following four training areas should be considered the minimum start to ensure a happy relationship with your dog as a puppy and as a full grown friend.

A Keeshond-Sibirian Husky puppy

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Socializing

Probably the single most important thing you can do to help your puppy grow up to be a friendly, confident, reliable and happy family member is to socialize your puppy now.

 - Patricia McConnell, PhD

Introducing your puppy to other dogs and people from an early age is essential if you want her to remain calm as she grows older. The best way to do this is through puppy kindergarten classes that might be run in your local area. It allows them to be comfortable around other dogs and humans without getting nervous or aggressive. This will pay off in the future when she gets bigger and stronger and you need to have confidence that she won’t chase after the neighbors kid when she’s not on the leash!

Obedience Training

Obedience training is vitally important if your puppy is ever going to listen to your commands for any other type of training. Unless you make her completely obedient to your commands she will continue doing her own thing and might even get aggressive as she gets older and you try to stop her doing what she wants. The problem you want to avoid is to allow her to become the pack leader. Obedience training teaches her that you are the leader and she must follow your commands.

Potty Training

The amount of poop that can come out of your puppy can defy the laws of science, but potty training for your puppy is an unavoidable process. You cannot get angry or aggressive if she has a little accident around the house, even if it’s after weeks of training. Positive affirmation with clear guidance that if she experiences a call of nature she should either wait for the daily walk or indicate that she needs to go outside. If you discover a small puddle in your home, give a stern “No!” command before leading her outside. Many puppy training experts also talk about the advantages of crate training for teaching your puppy to go potty at predefined times.

Behavior At Home

Similar to socializing, you need to train your puppy to be a considerate household member. This includes things like not jumping up at visitors, not chewing the slippers (or the kids homework!), not barking continuously and not being aggressive to anyone. This training can be done through positive affirmation where compliance is met with treats and rewards and non-compliance is met with ignoring, time-out zones and verbal dressing down with a loud, sharp “No!”.

I intend to go into much more detail on each of these areas in the future, but at least now you have a basic understanding of what areas of training are important early in your dogs life, and why.

 

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House training your new puppy – start early

When you bring that new puppy home, it is hard to think of anything but cuddling her and making her feel at home. That is an important thing to do, but only goes so far in ensuring a great relationship between you and your dog. House training should be started almost immediately. And by house training I mean much more than just the potty training aspect.

House training is a very important phase in a dog’s life. It secures the tight bond and good relationship between the master and the dog. Experts advise that house training must start while the dog is young.

By starting young, any misbehavior issues will be caught and corrected that much sooner, before the misbehavior becomes habit.

Here are some guidelines on going about your dogs house training.

Let her have her own space

Untrained puppies or dogs should not be allowed to wander around the house without any supervision. While you may not know it, your pet might already be chewing on things. Even worse, that chewing may cause injury or electrocution, if the wrong item becomes the dogs chew toy.

While you are at home, try to keep your puppy in a place where you can clearly see her. If you have to leave the house and leave your dog alone, place her in her den or crate. Speaking of crates, make sure you make it comfortable and a place your dog enjoys being in. Make sure you have made her a bed of her own, such as a cozy towel or dog pillow. Add some toys, water, and food. She will come to love her space and need little coaxing when it comes time for you to leave.

But don’t just leave her in her crate. Regardless of how comfortable you have made it, it is still very limited and will not allow your pet to get the exercise she needs.

Introduce her to new areas

After you have taught her how to behave in her own place, it is now time to introduce your puppy to the other areas of your home. Be sure to spend time with him in those area. If you want to show him the new place where he can eat, do it under your supervision. Introduce the place and what is allowed or disallowed in that place. You can do this by initially using a leash to control her reactions. Unleash her when you think she has gotten familiar with the new area. But remember to keep watch or else he might get into trouble and cause further damages.

Potty train her

Show her the area where she can do her thing. Make sure not to confuse her. Never allow her to play in that area or she might get the idea that she can use the same place for all her activities. (note that if you have a large fenced yard, and you want to allow her to use that entire area, then the advice of not playing where she does her business does not really apply. That same yard would be the best place to get her exercise also.)

Teach her the “No Chew” command

By nature, dogs like to chew on things since it aids in the strengthening of their teeth and gums. It is also a healthy exercise for their jaws. Part of your dogs house training is providing her with toys that she is allowed to chew on, then letting her understand that not all things can be used to strengthen his teeth and gums. Be stern as you give him the “no chew” command. Praise her when she has done the right thing, perhaps also giving her a reward.

Set off limits areas

I will not be hypocrytical and tell you to keep your puppy off of all your furniture. My wife and I allow our dalmation on both our sofa and our bed. But there are certain pieces of furniture, and one room, that we just don’t want her near. So teach your puppy what “off” means, and mean it. Be stern but not angry, and reward her when she learns to stay away.

These are just a few items to work with in house training your new dog. I hope you found them useful, and know that if you apply them you will have a long and happy relationship with that newest addition to your family, your dog. Start as soon as you can!

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Dog Carved Pumpkins

Tommorow, many of us will be celebrating Halloween, a night for tricks, treats, costumes, and carved pumpkins!

I just got an email from my older brother which contained about 15 different pictures of dogs standing or sitting near pumpkins that had been carved in their image. Just thought I would share some that I thought were particularly clever. I hope you enjoy them, and perhaps become inspired for next years celebration.  ;)

Chihuahua

Chihuahua

Boxer

Boxer

Dachshund

Dachshund

Amazing the creativity of some people. I am not an artist by a long shot, but do have friends that are. I think I will have one made of Roxy, my dalmatian.

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