Starting training sooner rather than later can help prevent puppy nuisance behaviors before they begin.
Here are some tips that can help if you are welcoming a new puppy into your home.
- Sleeping. Many puppies like the security of a crate, providing your dog with a safety zone while you are busy or away. The crate is a great tool when housebreaking, as it is unusual for a puppy to have accidents where he sleeps. It is best NOT to let a puppy sleep with you, because this can create problems down the road.
- Off Limits. Baby gates can be a good training tool to “block off” areas that are off limits to your puppy.
- Chewing. Puppies are known to chew. It is best to remove any hazards such as power cords or small items that can be easily ingested. Never use old shoes or socks as chew toys, because a puppy can’t differentiate between old and new. Also, remember that certain garage items (such as antifreeze) can be toxic. Just like child-proofing your house for an infant that is learning to walk, you have to puppy proof your home.
- Identification. Get your puppy a pet ID tag or microchip in case he runs away. Bark Busters clients have an extra layer of protection with the use of the Waggtag Identification Tag.
- Housebreaking. In the first 24 – 48 hours in your new home, the puppy may have some acclimation issues such as housebreaking. Be patient and don’t yell, swat, or rub the puppy’s nose into the waste. Show and guide to the right choices!
- Schedule. It is important to put your puppy on a schedule right from the start, particularly for bathroom breaks (every two – three hours), eating, and sleeping. In the beginning, he may sleep a lot. Take advantage of nap time!
Remember to exercise your puppy daily. Your puppy will definitely try to push your buttons unless you establish your authority and ground rules right from the start. We encourage all dog owners to either attend training classes with their dogs or have training in their homes to see how simple and fun training can be, and how patience, consistency and a deeper understanding of a dog’s behavior can lead to happier, healthier and harmonious households. Call us and we’ll develop a consistent training program that will set precedents and boundaries that can last a lifetime!