New Puppy Tips
Having a new puppy comes with excitement and with it also comes challenges because it has not yet been trained how to behave.
You will have to deal with some unfavorable behaviors such as chewing, whining, pooping and jumping.
It is therefore important to ensure that you start your relationship on the right foot and that you train the puppy the right way to behave in addition to providing it proper care.
You can get insight on how to train your puppy on the Doggy Dan website http://theonlinedogtrainer.com/. There is a whole section on puppy training. What the puppy learns is more likely to affect it in the future.
Below are some new puppy tips to help you as you establish a relationship with your pooch.
- Have a designated place for the puppy. A puppy needs a room or a crate where it can be trained to spend most of its time. Having a crate makes it easy to house train and the crate can be placed in the bedroom next to your bed during sleep time for the first few days. You should also put the puppy in the crate or room when you are not watching him.
- Visit the vet. A puppy needs vaccination and flea control. Among the first things is to take the puppy to the vet so that you can get information about ticks and flea control, vaccinations and other important information. It is ideal to take the puppy to the vet in the first few weeks because it is advisable not to take the puppy to public places before vaccination.
- Have a daily routine. This helps when you are house training, as the puppy knows what to expect in the day.
- Select a potty spot. A new puppy is likely to poop all over the place. To curb this, you should pick a place and take it there when it needs to poop. Make sure you take it to the spot every time you notice it needs to poop. In most cases, the puppy may need to poop every two hours, especially after meals. Have a regular schedule for him.
- Socialize the puppy. The puppy needs to associate with people and other puppies. Introduce it to family members and friends or you can enroll in a puppy class. You can let your puppy meet two new people every day. Have meet-the-puppy parties with your friends and family so that the puppy can meet more puppies and people. You can do this when the puppy is between 3 to 12 weeks of age after which it can be difficult to socialize.
- Discourage harmful behavior. If the puppy gets used to behavior such as jumping, it can prove harmful later on when it turns into a big dog. It is therefore important to discourage such behavior early.
- Reward the puppy. When the puppy does something good, reward it. Avoid giving him attention when he misbehaves. This shows the puppy that you pay attention to it when it does well. Focus on training the puppy the behavior you want, such as teaching it to sit when greeting people instead of showing attention to it when it does something wrong, such as yelling at it when it jumps.
- Have feeding times. The puppy should have specific feeding times, which is good in potty training due to regulation when it poops. You should not leave the food for the puppy to nibble on.
- Puppy proof the house. A new puppy is not well disciplined and it may end up destroying things such as chewing the shoes and other items. Make sure you keep valuable items away from its reach to prevent it from chewing and provide it with chewable toys. By making your home puppy proof, you are making the environment safe for it. Some of the things you can do are to remove toxins and poisonous plants as well as use electrical cable protectors.
- Have the puppy micro chipped. Chances are that the new puppy does not know its way home. Therefore, it can get lost easily. To avoid losing it, have it micro chipped at the local shelter or at the vet.
- Give it toys. A puppy needs toys to play with. Make sure you provide it with its own toys. This way, it is likely to chew on its toys rather than chew on your valuable items. To keep it interested, give it a few toys each time. You can also make toys for the puppy because sometimes it may prefer to play with homemade toys instead of the purchased ones.
- Let the puppy get used to separation. You should not spend all your time with the puppy to prevent it from developing separation anxiety. Have it spend some time in its room or crate. In addition, you should not make it a big deal when you are leaving or coming home.
- Train the puppy how to walk on a leash. When walking the puppy, ensure that the leash is not too tight and there is no pulling. This is because it will be difficult to walk when the puppy grows and pulls on the leash.
- Exercise the puppy regularly. Exercise ensures that the puppy remains healthy. Make sure you exercise the puppy regularly, such as walking it daily.
- Teach it obedience. A puppy may not have the best of behavior and that is why it is important to teach it obedience skills, such as to sit or come when called. However, you should wait until it is about three months to start proper courses on obedience.
It is exciting to have a puppy at home, especially the first few days. However, puppies are still young and they may not know the appropriate behavior to exhibit. Some of the things a new puppy needs is training on aspects such as obedience, potty and separation. The puppy should also be taught the right behavior, have it seen by the vet, receive adequate exercise, have toys and many other things. This ensures that you will have a peaceful coexistence. Learn more about how to train your dog.
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