The 10 Most Important Things To Teach A Puppy

  • 08/04/2019

And They Call It Puppy Love

Now that you have your pup, it’s all too important to know how to properly care for it and foster its individual personality. Believe it or not, there are people out there that have no idea how to care for their puppy. Yes, you read that right, not a clue. Fortunately for you, this guide is a refresher for most important things that a puppy can learn today.

Socialising And Situations

Dogs react to different people in different ways. Perhaps your little friend is aggressive towards strangers or shies away from them. There are a number of ways to expose your puppy to the hustle and bustle of the real world, making sure they’re having a good time in the process:

●      Take your beloved pet to a safe place, free from danger and harmful distractions.

●      Go for walk with other puppies and show your dog to other company.

●      Expose your puppy to your friends and family, encouraging them to touch and be kind to it.

Socialisation acts within the first 14 weeks of birth, so if you haven’t thought of this already, you should give it a go with your pup today.

Reinforce Trust

After socialisation is complete, you will need to reinforce trust. If your dog can’t trust you then how will you have control over their life? Don’t let people mistreat your pet and reward good behaviours when they are carried out.

Wipe Out Separation Anxiety

Prevent isolation behaviours within your beloved dog by gradually introducing them to alone time. This could be done with small times away and out of the room, or even a playpen environment so that they can be safely on their own while you are someplace else. People like Charles Ebert the chief of EduBirdies says that the key is to slowly increase any distance between you and the pup so that when they are alone they can feel relax instead of agitated.

Chewing But Not Destroying

Every dog loves a good chew, but they can’t chew on your furniture or homework. Provide a large range of safely chewable items until you find what your dog likes best. Let them chew on objects which are of least importance to you, such as balls and pretend bones. Don’t give your dog house-freedom until you have confidence that your home won’t get damaged.

No Mess

Your puppy can’t be making a mess everywhere! Successfully house train your dog by introducing a bathroom area to them. Sandboxes and outside areas work wonders to act as a bathroom. Reward your puppy correctly when they have done their business and make sure you provide reinforcement when they’ve done it correctly. It’s also a great idea to do this with different textured surfaces so that they can learn to urinate where it is appropriate.

An Obedient Pup

Newer studies have indicated that training need not apply brutal force. One doesn’t need to choke or hit their favourite animal, nor be mean with rewards. It is important to remember that creatures repeat what is reinforced. Carry round treats with you and reinforce the good behaviours - you will want to show that the good behaviours go rewarded so that they repeat them.

A Positive Training Foundation Means an Obedient Dog

Studies have indicated that force-free training is quicker and generally better than old methods that use force, there is no need to be stingy with or defensive about food rewards.

Knowledge Is Fun

The training process is best embraced when both the trainer are having fun. Squeaky toys, happy voices and lots of energy in order to motivate your pup. Make their beady eyes light up and allow them to bring you joy.

Come Here!

One of the most important behaviours you will need to teach is for your dog to respond to a call by coming towards you. This can eliminate potential dangers your dog may encounter and will signify that you are the dominant animal in your relationship.

Cars Are Cool

We all drive and even if you don’t, your puppy will encounter cars in its lifetime. To increase familiarity around these heavy and moving objects, give your dog car rides whenever you can. You do not want your dog to build up a negative impression of a car, because they are all over the place.

Fun Times Ahead

Some of these tips may sound like a lot more work than anticipated, but a puppy is not a toy and there is a sense of responsibility. Take on board the advice, and do things right and foster a loving relationship between you and man’s best friend.

Do you have a dog? Any tips on how one can raise it in its infancy? We’d love to hear from you, share your thoughts with us below.

About the author: Sophia Clark is a dog blogger and pet copywriter. As an enthusiastic writer, Sophia shares her ideas and creativity with pet lovers.

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