It’s important that you train your new puppy. Whilst it’s extremely tempting to let them get away with everything when they look at you with puppy dog eyes, you’re not doing them any favours by allowing them to continue to misbehave. A well-trained, happy dog is a pleasure to have, and a positive training method can ensure you and your pup have a great understanding.
Training your Puppy – Toilet training
The first thing you will have to tackle is housebreaking, depending on your breed, your available time and your dedication, this can take a couple of weeks, or it can take months. Young puppies do not have any control over their bladder or bowels. Good and correct house training will strengthen their muscles so that, in time, they will be able to wait until they go out to ‘go to the bathroom’. When you notice your puppy is circling or sniffing, this is a good indication that he needs to relieve himself. Pick him up and take him to your outdoor space. Stand in one spot and let your pup wander around, don’t engage with him, and he will realise he is here for a purpose. When you get the desired result, and he relieves himself give much praise, then immediately bring him back indoors. In the early days, do this with him every 30 minutes, then extend to an hour, then an hour and a half and soon puppy will realise that when you are going out, this is toilet time. You mustn’t shout at or smack your puppy if he does have an accident indoors. He is a baby, and he has not done this on purpose. Don’t say anything to him. Just remove the mess and continue with your housebreaking regime, he will get it in the end, and this is something I am happy to assist you with.
You cannot know in the early days what problems you may encounter with your puppy. Will he be a barker, a chewer, destructive? It’s almost impossible to tell initially, but it is always worthwhile training different commands such as ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ as this is not only stimulation for your puppy it is also a way to establish the relationship that you are in charge and when he follows your commands he gets praise which pleases him. Then if you do come to a time when you face issues, the relationship is already established that you are boss. This makes correction training much simpler to do.
If you and your pup have a good relationship, he will know you’re the boss and love you for it.
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