Puppy Training 101: How to Train Your Puppy
A puppy is a lot of work. They're energetic, they make messes everywhere, and they don't know how to behave themselves. Puppies are adorable though! It's worth it to put in the time and effort into training them because they will grow up into an amazing dog that you'll love for years to come. In this blog post we'll discuss some basics on how to train your puppy so that he or she can be well behaved and enjoy life with you as much as possible.
First, it's important to establish a routine right away. You want your puppy to be able to understand the difference between night and day so that he or she can sleep through the night peacefully without waking you up at all hours of the evening. It'll also help them stay healthier by knowing when they need their food, water, exercise time, etc. Just remember not to give too many treats after dinner because this will mess with their stomachs if they are still hungry from other meals throughout the day. One treat is enough in order for them to know what they're getting but then move on afterwards (unless you have some kibble left over).
Second, keep an eye out for any signs of anxiety like whining or barking. Some dogs may experience separation anxiety, which is when they are really clingy to you and don't want to be left alone. If this sounds like your pup then make sure he or she has lots of things to do while you're gone so that it doesn't seem like such a big deal.
Third, work on getting them comfortable with new people in the house by letting friends come over for playtime instead of just having one person handle all their interactions. This will help prevent any future problems if someone comes into your home unannounced and scares him or her away from ever wanting anything else!
Fourth, start training early because puppies learn quicker than older dogs and taking some time now can save you tons of headaches down the line. These tips are just a few of the many things you can do to teach your puppy some good habits and make sure they're on track from day one!
You should also be aware that puppies don't understand anything, so being patient with them is key. They'll always respond to what you tell them (even if it's "don't!"), which means obedience training early on will help prevent all sorts of unwanted behaviors in the future too - plus it's super cute when they try hard not to chew up your favorite shoes or knock over decorations while out exploring their new home together.
Introduce him or her to as much stuff as possible: people, places, animals, objects and everything else in between because he or she will learn through experience and association.
Teach them to go outside by using a specific phrase like "Go potty!" so they know what you want from them, but also take them for walks as part of their daily routine (which is just one more thing Sleepy Puppies agree is important!). They'll be much faster learners if you stick with this strategy!
Remember that very young puppies can't hold it in all day: most need at least three bathroom breaks per 12 hours, which means he or she might not understand why they're being punished when accidents happen. Be patient and have faith that the training process will eventually pay off once your pup gets older.
Play time should only last about 15 minutes max before coming back inside for a break.
Avoid using towels, newspapers or anything else that can't be washed to potty train your pup: a clean floor is the best thing for their feet and it's not worth the risk of bacterial infections just so you don't have to buy more supplies!
Reward good behavior with lots of praise (alongside treats) and he'll quickly learn what they're supposed to do when given permission. Soon enough, all this work will pay off in less time than you might think possible!
Remember that any accidents are an issue; even if they happen outside, take care of them right away because this could lead back to marking behaviors indoors as well as outdoors. This means getting rid of urine smells on hardwood floors or carpet as soon as possible.
If you're not sure how your puppy is feeling, try to read their body language: if they look scared or are very tense, it's best to avoid any attempts at discipline. Take the time for a break and then come back when he seems more relaxed!
Keep in mind that this is a long-term process, and it may take months before your pup starts fully catching on to what you're trying to teach them. Patience is key: there's no such thing as instant gratification when training a puppy!