- Socialize your puppy
Socializing is just what it sounds like: It’s about getting your puppy out and about experiencing new people, places, and situations. Puppies that are well-socialized usually become well-adjusted adults. Many of the most common behaviour concerns in dogs can stem from a lack of proper early socialization, like fear, aggression, and excessive barking.It’s important to get your puppy used to a variety of people, animals, places, sights, and sounds so he will not react poorly to them as an adult. In addition, is essential that your puppy is accustomed to being handled in different ways. This will help your puppy feel more comfortable at places like the vet and groomer.
- Familiarize the puppy with house life
House training is one of the first things you will work on with your new puppy. Get your puppy off to a good start by putting him on a regular schedule. Feed him at similar times each day. Take him outside to potty every time he eats, drinks, or wakes from a nap.Keep in mind that punishment does not usually have the desired effect. Things like scolding or rubbing a pup’s nose in his mess will only scare or confuse him. A better method of housebreaking a puppy is to reward him with praise, treats, and playtime when he does what you want him to do.
- Familiarize your puppy with its cage/crate
A crate is used to confine a puppy when you are unable to supervise him. If your puppy is given enough time to become comfortable in his crate, it may become one of his favourite spots. Crates can help prevent your puppy from developing bad habits like inappropriate chewing or soiling.Crates are also good tools for house training. Most dogs will not relieve themselves in the same place where they sleep.
- Learn to confine your dog properly
A puppy shouldn’t be kept in his crate for more than a few hours at a time. However, he should not have the full run of the house, even when you are home to supervise him. There are too many things in a house for a puppy to chew on, hide under, or get harmed by. Confining him to a kitchen or another small room with a door or baby gate can go a long way in preventing your puppy from developing bad habits.Remember, a puppy who gets the opportunity to do something he finds enjoyable, such as gnawing on your furniture, is more likely to repeat the behaviour. Confinement keeps him from getting these opportunities.
- Prevent destructive chewing
Puppies love to chew. This probably isn’t news to most people, especially those with a new puppy at home. Rather than trying to prevent a puppy from chewing, teach him which things are appropriate to chew toys.Confinement is one of the tools in your arsenal when it comes to chewing training. It allows you to prevent your puppy from having the opportunity to chew on furniture, shoes, toys, or anything else you don’t want him to have.
Redirecting him to appropriate toys is another part of chew training. It’s not enough to tell your dog “no” when he picks up something you don’t want him to have. Instead, you need to redirect him to something he can have, like a dog chew or a Kong.
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