The Initial Steps in Training Your New Puppy
February 18, 2019
If you want to adopt a puppy or you are looking for puppies for sale you should know what comes after your new family member enters your home. Training a puppy isn’t for the fainthearted. It takes a lot of time and commitment. And you can’t hang around in getting their new training routine started.
You must start the training as quickly as possible as it is better to train your new puppy at an early age because it is more receptive and intrigued by training than an older dog. There’s a reason why “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a very common saying!
If you don't train your puppy at an early stage and wait a few months instead, attempting to, later on, will be much harder because the puppy already might have picked many unfortunate habits. In this article, you will read about the things you must do to train your dog successfully, from the moment it's in your hands and in your home.
It is recommended that you begin training when your puppy is around 12 weeks old. And you’ll need to know which the best place to start with the training is. The primary step is giving him a chance to recognize their name. This will be essential when it comes to the rest of the training. Then you can start with other commands like "sit", "stand" and so forth. Having a charming puppy and a decently behaved dog are extremely different things. Most new puppy owners get captivated by their puppy's honest looks and charming barks. Having a strong hand may be hard when your puppy is so adorable, but it is in their best interest and yours that you ensure training starts and you assert yourself as the dominant party in your home. Some breeds are more strongminded than others, with dogs such as Huskies, if they don’t recognise you as the dominant one, there isn’t a chance that they will listen to you.
You’ll need to prepare your puppy to work well both outside and inside. This is why preparing a puppy to walk on a leash is one of the important things you have to educate them.
There are so many things you’ll have to teach your new puppy, but remember, first things first, you’ll be able to teach your new family member some awesome tricks when they are older and they have got the basics down!
Here’s the best way to get started:
Let Them Learn Their Name
Use your dog’s name every day, and remember to use it constantly. Use it during play time, feeding time and cuddle time. It won’t be long until they will come to you when their name has been used. Only when this happens you will know that it is time to start teaching them more commands!
Accepting the Leash
It goes against the nature of every animal to be restrained or collared, so you’ll need to be very patient when it comes to getting them used to their collar and leash. Always ensure that the collar is tight enough not to slip off, but not to choke them. You’ll need to get them used to the collar in the home before you step outside when you do take them outside make sure that you are in a safe secure environment away from traffic. Never let your puppy off the lead at this stage. You will also need to ensure that your dog is fully vaccinated before they are going outside.
Once they are used to the big wide world, you’ll want to make sure your puppy knows how to deal with other people and animals in it. This is vital to ensure that you have a confident and happy adult dog. Let your dog engage with other puppies in friendly, fun and safe spaces – you can always look for local puppy parties or seek out friends with other friendly dogs. Your puppy will learn how to have fun, at the same time as learning how to behave from other dogs. Remember that your dog will be used to the company, they were taken from a litter of puppies, so no matter how much they love you, they will always need the company of other furry friends.
Socialising shouldn’t only be about your dog making friends with other dogs, it should also be about interacting with strangers, this will allow your dog to learn good manners which will make them the perfect family pet.
Puppy Training from the Pro’s
If you’re struggling with your puppy training you can always enlist your pup in a training class if they are between the ages of 12 and 16 weeks and have had all of their jabs.
Here, your dog will be able to learn the basic exercises and commands, and in time they will learn some fun tricks too. But it’s imperative that you start with the essentials of “Sit”, “Come”, “Stay”, and “Down”.
If you’re struggling with your puppies training and you need a bit more advice, you can always contact a local trainer or animal behaviour expert. Don’t expect the experience to be a walk in the park (no pun intended), there will be frustrations plenty. But remember, your dog is only just learning about the world – just as you had to! So there will be minor mistakes your dog makes along the way, but never punish them for not getting it right straight away, patience really is key here!