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!