Training your puppy correctly is one of the many responsibilities of being a pet parent. Here are 27 essential tips that we have summarized just for you.
The 27 tips are divided into six major categories namely:
- Chewing and Barking
- Potty Training
- Health, Exercise and
- Breed Specific Advice
Chewing & Barking
1. Pups are known to chew on anything they can get their teeth into. In most cases, they prefer chewing on furniture. Spraying areas your pup loves to chew with bitter apple spray will stop this destructive and annoying behavior.
2. Alternatively, you can purchase chewing toys with a variety of textures. These toys need to be placed in their mouth any time they chew on something you don’t want them to chew on. It works well as they will understand that they can chew on their toys without disruptions or reprimands.
3. To stop a puppy from barking, take it out when it starts barking. Let it know it is okay to bark and comfort them. This way, they will stop barking randomly. Take note the process will help them know when to bark, such as when a stranger is in the vicinity.
4. Avoid using retractable leashes on your puppy. They are likely to snap, which in turn encourages the dog to pull. Start with a soft and sturdy leash. It will give you more control of your dog.
5. The best type of leash is one with a harness that connects the leash in the front of your puppy’s chest. Such a leash is sturdier and gives you more control of your dog.
6. You will need to balance the training process. The puppy needs to be well socialized and affectionate. At the same time, you need him or her to be independent to the point it is not stressed when left alone.
7. Expose your puppy to other dogs and people as a way of socializing. One way to do this is to introduce it to as many places as you can. Do not forget to introduce it to as many people as possible.
8. If you have a specific breed, research local groups with the same breed. Find and attend meetups within your area. It will allow your puppy to socialize, and you can use it as a resource for advice, concerns, or questions.
9. Make sure your puppy is introduced to everything in your surroundings. The dog should be comfortable with people walking with other dogs, wearing backpacks, wearing hats, different noises, people of different races, and other animals.
10. Introduce the pup to individuals in all kinds of appearances and clothing. This should include people with glasses and beards. Make sure you have treats at hand for rewarding the dog.
11. In the first several weeks, carry your puppy to the grass for nature calls. Do not let them walk there if they are very small. Carrying it reduces the chances of accidents happening outside. You will also be able to place them at designated restroom locations.
12. Positive reinforcement should be used during potty training. For example, you can do a “potty party” for each time the dog uses the restroom outside. It can be done by offering lots of pets and scratches, or giving them a little treat.
13. A bell on the door is a good idea for potty training. You can use it to signal the puppy it is time to go to the restroom. Take note this may require you to have some inkling on the times the puppy needs to go to the restroom.
14. Potty off-leash and on-leash is another part of training. You should train your dog to potty when they are on leash and when they don’t have a leash. This will ensure they can effectively go to the restroom whether or not they are on a leash.
15. Do not scold your pup for making mistakes during potty training. You are to blame when your dog does “their business” indoors. For instance, if you do not take your pup outside frequently, they may start going to the bathroom in the house
Health, Exercise & Grooming
16. Naps are important for any young dog. Make sure your pup gets enough time and space to relax. Avoid overwhelming him. Just like a baby, he needs frequent day time naps.
17. There are several methods you can use for separation anxiety and teething. For example, you can fill a Kong with natural peanut butter and food, then freeze it. Additionally, puzzle toys are wonderful.
18. Even though regular exercise is recommended, there is a limit. Exercises are likely to tire the dog out. Training also provides mental exercises, which are also tiring. Try and find a balance. A good sign of a tired puppy is when they start losing interest in an activity.
19. Make sure you take you puppy to puppy classes. As you do this, ensure the dogs it mingles with are up to date with their vaccinations. Such a move will ensure you protect your dog from any infections or diseases.
20. Take care of the teeth. Veterinaries put down many small dogs due to a number of diseases. The main cause is usually rotten teeth and mouth infections spreading to their bodies. Annual dental visits prevents the occurrence of such situations.
21. Keep your puppy away from your small child. Children who are less than three years old should not be near a puppy. They may end up squeezing, holding them by the tail, put them in the trash, and so forth. Get a puppy when children are four years old.
Breed Specific Advice
22. Beagles are mistaken to be naughty. In fact, they are highly intelligent and require a lot of interaction. If they misbehave, it is a sign of boredom. The best remedy is taking them outside for some exercise or a walk.
23. Training and more training is crucial for any dog breed. If you don’t train your dog when it is young, you are in for some trouble. People with poorly trained dogs will find them going to the restroom inside the house even with adult dogs.
24. For Boxer puppies, invest in a good number of good toys. To avoid such breeds from touching your furniture or belongings, rotate the stash. This will ensure they do not get bored and start experimenting with items in the house.
25. If you are planning on getting a boxer, plan for two. One boxer will become a pain if you do not know how to manage it. To ensure it is comfortable, get it a friend they can play with. The decision will cost you less than maintaining one boxer.
26. If you have Great Danes, take note they can reach door and faucet handles. These dogs are very smart. You may be required to dog proof your home as you raise such a puppy. Some have been reported to know how to open an oven!
27. For a Rottweiler puppy, try and feed it using your hand. Use this routine as part of your strategy to help him not guard his food. Rottweilers are known to be quite protective of their food. They may end up hurting an unsuspecting child.