Training any animal is difficult, it takes hard work, dedication and repetition, repetition, repet-you get the picture. Training a puppy can seem impossible, but with these short steps, you’ll be well on your way to prepping that pup.
First of all, introduce your new puppy to their new home, let them get familiarised with their new environment. It’s never too early to start training a new puppy, so within the first few days of your new puppy gracing your home, you can begin.
COMMUNICATION IS KEY
Talking to your puppy is essential, familiarising your new pup with their owner’s voice is obviously going to make the puppy understand voice commands and make it easier for you to understand your puppy’s needs.
NO PUNISHMENT FOR MISBEHAVIOUR
Instead of punishing your pup for misbehaviour, do like you would with a child, only praise the good. Bad behaviour sometimes comes down to habit of reaction. A new puppy is learning, and if it learns that it only gets special praise when being good, then it will take it as gospel.
DEVELOPING A ROUTINE
Starting to organise a schedule with your puppy is important. We as a species of animal learn from doing at set times, in same environments and same people, and so do puppies! That’s why it’s a good idea to integrate basic puppy classes into your dog’s routine. As well as set dinner times, walks and resting times.
LET THEM EXPRESS THEMSELF
Like humans, animals have their very own personalities and each of us is different. Some of us get moodier than others, some of us take longer to learn, and it’s exactly the same with puppies. So let your puppy have that down time where they can just go wild (not feral!) and really express their own individual personality, remember that’s the thing that attracted you to this puppy in the first place.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your puppy won’t miraculously become a show dog overnight. Have patience and perseverance with your pup, and regular praise and cuddles, basically all the love and care that they deserve.
Bringing a new puppy into any new environment can be a scary and daunting experience for any owner but you have to remember that it’s daunting for the new puppy too! But if you both work together, train together and love each other, it will be a friendship for life.