Bringing home a joyful and furry member to your family will be one of the most treasured moments in your life. Every dog owner should know that the first couple of weeks are really critical as it marks the bonding time and for the puppy, it is also a time to learn what is expected from him. By nature, he needs your approval for almost all his actions, but it is important that you train him to maintain this belief. So where do you start and what are the important things to be considered first? It can sound overwhelming, skim through these tips to training puppy for beginners to make your beloved puppy a better companion for life.
Preventing excessive chewing
A puppy is always curious and he usually to chews to confirm. He can easily make breakfast out of anything, but you cannot let that happen. So inhibiting excessive chewing is the first thing you can train your puppy to. Puppy often gets excited and commits himself to excessive chewing in anticipation of owners return. In such scenarios where you are not at home, you should not encourage your puppy to wander about, give him his free space and ensure that you scatter a lot of chew toys like marrow bones, kong toys etc. You can even make the puppy stick to these toys by dipping marrow bones in flavored soups or hiding cheese or similar treats in other toys. Appreciate your puppy and greet him only when he is with his toys when you return home and always encourage him to find his toys.
Preventing excessive whining
Puppies tend to whine when you leave them alone in a crate or confined area. The tendency to whine arises when puppies feel that they are abandoned and they whine to let their loved ones know about their location. To prevent such behavior, reassure him that you are not going to abandon him, but this doesn’t mean that you rush back to him, the moment he start whining. Ensure that you take a pause after he starts whining and get back to him, spend some time with him and leave and come back momentarily to reassure him that you don’t plan to abandon him. If he continues to whine the moment you are about to leave, give him a stern “NO”. Ensure that he is engaged with his chew toys to prevent whining. Do not give treats for the puppy to stop whining, it simply provokes him to whine to get the treat or attention, on the contrary, pay attention to him when he is not whining.
It is better to toilet train your puppy when he is 3 to 4 months old, puppies usually don’t have bladder control, prior this age. You can start the training by confining him to a single small room or crate to make him understand that he is supposed to potty outside. Also ensure that he is given an opportunity to do his business outside a couple of hours after his mealtime. When taking your puppy out as encouragement to do his business, it is always ideal to take him to the same spot so that he can identify the scent and readily carry out his business.
Training your puppy can be a tedious and time consuming task, especially if you are a beginner. Ensure that you can earmark ample time for the cause and treat your puppy with nothing but care and affection throughout the training period.