Great Tips You Should Know About Raising A Puppy

  • 15/09/2021
puppy-training-tips.pngBringing your new puppy home is an exciting time! You can’t wait to explore everything with her and see the world through her eyes. First, you need to make sure you’re prepared to raise a puppy. They need more attention than people think, and your new family member will need help to grow into the special dog you know she can be.

Become a Puppy Expert With These 10 Tips

People usually prepare the basics for their new puppy. You might have a cute collar and leash and a couple of food bowls waiting for him at home. However, those items alone won’t raise your puppy or teach you to be an excellent dog owner. You should be prepared for both the good and bad parts of raising a dog, as you’ll experience both while training your puppy.

1. Crate Training Will Help

Many people view crate training as savage or mean. A crate is only a punishment if you make it one, and you want your puppy to associate his crate with something pleasant rather than negative. Many dogs feel comfortable sleeping in their crates, with or without the door open, because they see it as their “room.”

By getting your pup used to his crate from a young age, he’ll grow to see the crate as his bedroom rather than a punishment. If your dog has a favorable opinion of his crate, it’ll help you if you need to go out for a while but can’t put him in a puppy-proofed room. Make sure to put your puppy on a crating schedule from the start so you can use it as a bedtime routine and potty training tool.

2. You Will Find Accidents

Training your puppy to use her puppy pad (a thin, absorbent pad that teaches her not to use the bathroom on your floor) will assist you with those initial accidents. Sometimes, puppies will pee to mark their territory or because they’re feeling happy, anxious, or sad.

When your puppy does so, you should redirect her to a puppy pad rather than yelling at her, else she might feel afraid to use the bathroom in front of you and will instead do it out of sight. Keeping her on a regular walk schedule to use the bathroom outside regularly can help cut down on the number of accidents you see in your home.

3. Puppy-Proof Your Home Immediately

Similar to how people baby-proof their houses before bringing a newborn home, you should puppy-proof your home. Secure any wires that can be chewed, and ensure cleaning chemicals are put away so your puppy cannot find them. You should also make sure your trash cans can’t be tipped over, as your puppy might be curious about what she smells in the garbage.

4. Practice Every Day

When you teach your puppy his initial commands, you will have to reinforce them. Similar to how you can’t learn something without studying, your pup won’t be able to replicate a command without some practice. Every day, you should aim for about 15 minutes of puppy training, depending on the level of distractions and his focus that day.

Once he understands all the basics — like sit, stay, lie down, and no — you can move on to more complicated commands and tricks.

5. Be Patient With Teething

If your puppy is teething, she needs something she’s allowed to chew on. Offer to swap something you don’t want to be chewed for another “correct” object or a teething toy. Allowing your pup to switch things will make her realize that she has something she’s allowed to chew.

Sometimes, teething can result from being weaned early or even too early. Your best bet is to keep an eye on your puppy during this time and provide her with objects she can chew on to soothe the pain and irritation.

6. Let Your Puppy Meet Others

Your puppy should meet other people after he gets used to his new home. Allowing him to meet other people will expose him to different situations and teach him that humans are okay to meet and play with. Socialization at an early age decreases your pup’s anxiety in new situations and transforms him into a confident individual.

You should also socialize your puppy with other dogs, particularly if you have another pet or get another dog down the line. Taking your puppy to the dog park is a great way to teach him to play with other dogs nicely.

7. Avoid Negative Reinforcement

Don’t yell at your pup for doing what she thinks is right. You might shame her into never doing something again or make her want to lash out and get back at you out of spite. She may become fearful of you, too. It’s always better to reward good behaviors than to punish the bad ones.

8. Touch Your Pup’s Paws

Dogs should get used to being touched, particularly for groomer or veterinarian visits. By holding his paws and getting him used to it, he won’t feel as tense about other humans touching their nails. This is an easy way to avoid a bite in the future. Getting your puppy used to new experiences is key.

9. Teach Your Pup to Play Nice

When you play with your puppy and she nibbles on you, she’s just playing, and you’ll probably hardly feel it. When she bites too hard, though, you should yelp as if you were another puppy. Your puppy should stop playing immediately and check to see if you are okay.

Though you won’t be hurt, you’re teaching your pup the valuable lesson of playing gently instead of roughly, so she doesn’t accidentally hurt other dogs in the future.

10. Spend Time With Each Other

You may have plenty of things going on and a thriving social life, but your puppy won’t be experiencing the same thing. You are his link to the outside world, which means that if you don’t take him out, he doesn’t get to see the world. Having a puppy is a huge responsibility. And if you’re not going to be able to commit to another life for at least 15 years, you shouldn’t get a puppy.

Raise Your Excitable Puppy Into an Excellent Dog

Much of how your puppy turns out hinges upon how you raise her. If you train her well and teach her what she’s allowed to do and what she can’t do, she’ll grow into an independent and confident dog. Exposure to different situations means a world of difference to a learning, growing puppy. Take your puppy out with you — spend time with her while teaching her about the world around her and its rules, and she’ll grow into a loving family member.

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