Getting a new puppy can be fun and exciting but you must show patience for training. Here are 3 pro tips for training puppies you need to know.
There are few things more exciting than bringing home a new puppy. Puppies are arguably the cutest things known to man, right up there with babies. With that in mind, it makes sense that all you want to do with your new pup is snuggle and eat snacks together.
It’s important to start training as you can, though. If you’re new to dog ownership, we’re here to fill you in on a few of the pertinent aspects of training that you can start using right when you bring your dog home.
Even if you’re not looking to train your dog to jump through hoops, there are a few things that help keep your relationship smooth and obedient. Let’s get started.
Puppies: Training to Start Right Away
We’ll touch on three points that every dog owner should work on with their dog.
No matter the breed or personality of the dog, we all have to think about potty training, name training, and socialization for our pups.
- Start Potty Training Right Away
Make sure you have a clear idea of where you want your dog to go to the bathroom and what the consequences will be if they go somewhere else.
Puppies are more difficult to train because their bladders are so tiny, so make sure that you’re lenient with your dog as they’re just starting out. The key is repetition, positive reinforcement, and consistency.
Reward your pup when they go to the bathroom outside and prompt them to go out in the same place each time. If you’re struggling with the finer points of potty training, look at this guide for new owners.
- Choosing a Name
It doesn’t seem like you should have to think too hard about your dog’s name. A name is a name, right?
It turns out that dogs are a little more receptive when called if their names end with a sharp consenant. Names like “Jack” or “Skip,” for example, might be more effective. Now, simple training doesn’t require that you adjust the name too much.
You might only want to go with a specific name if you plan to do extensive training with your dog for things like pageants, or for hunting trips.
Another thing to note is that dogs are very adaptable and can adjust to new names in old age. If you have a new dog from the shelter, for example, you can change his or her name and expect them to get used to it.
- Start Socializing Right Away
Make sure you start allowing your dog to spend time with other dogs as soon as possible.
The more exposure your pup has to different smells, breeds, and dog personalities, the better it will be in the future. Dogs that aren’t familiar with other dogs are more prone to lash out on walks and dislike new dogs you bring into the family.
This is an easy form of training and only requires that you bring your pup into the presence of other dogs.
Need More Training Tips?
Raising puppies is a very rewarding thing to do, especially if you have them trained well. There’s a lot involved with raising an obedient dog, though, and we’re here to help you with more tricks and tips.
Explore our site for more ideas on how to work on obedience with your dog.