So you’ve recently welcomed the newest member of your family: a months-old puppy. While you’d like nothing better than to play with the new addition to your family, there’s something else you need to pay attention to: his training. It’s crucial that you start this training as early as possible so as to make sure that your puppy’s stay in your household is as accident-free as possible.
Puppy Training Tips for New Owners
But now you ask, “Where do I start?” Let the following helpful tips we’ve compiled help you out.
1. Choose a name for your puppy.
But it shouldn’t just be any name that pops into your head. For training purposes, it has to be a short name that ends on a strong consonant. This ensures that he will always be able to hear you clearly when you call out his name. A strong ending to a name always catches a dog’s attention, especially when you take some effort to emphasize the ending.
2. Set the house rules.
Even before he has arrived at your household, you should already have set the rules for him and his behavior inside the house. What is he allowed to do? And what is he not allowed to do? Are there certain areas of the house that should be off limits to him? Make sure the rules are clear so you don’t end up confusing him when you finally start training him.
3. Set up his own personal space.
Think of your puppy as a child who needs a “room of his own.” Creating a private space for him is important as it will be the place where he’ll get to rest unbothered by you, the rest of the family, or another pet. He will surely benefit from having a space of his own where he can get some me-time.
4. Make him feel relaxed.
The minute he arrives home, you should make him feel relaxed and at ease in his new home by giving him a hot water bottle that he can cuddle with. Having something warm with him will help ease his anxiety of being in a new environment and being around unfamiliar people.
5. Train him to come whenever he’s called.
This should be the first command you’ll teach him as this will help reinforce your alpha status to him, and teaching him any further commands will no longer be that difficult as he already recognizes you as an authority. When he has mastered this command, everything else will come easy.
6. Use positive reinforcement.
Reward him with positive reinforcement whenever he masters your commands or shows good behavior. Treats can be a good example, but it doesn’t always have to be something material. Sometimes, even just showering him with praise or showing him lots of love will do.
7. End each training session positively.
Doing so will help him to look forward to future training sessions in a more positive and accepting manner. Give him some words of praise, pat or stroke him on the head, or even engage in a few minutes of play with him. This will teach him that doing his training exercises well is sure to earn him some good rewards.
While training your new puppy, you may need to take him outdoors for some of the exercises. As puppies can be especially active, they might wander off when you’re not looking in their need to explore their surroundings. When that happens, you can ensure that you’ll always be able to find them and recover them quickly by setting up a GPS pet tracker on their collars. Such a device is typically small and will not inconvenience your pet—what it will do is to ensure their safety and security and to give you more peace of mind.