Once you have welcomed a new dog into your family, familiarizing the pet and training helps with bonding and responsiveness. Not only will training make you feel more comfortable with your dog, but also training will actually make your dog feel more comfortable as well.
Before you start to train your dog simple commands like sitting or staying, you must pick a name. It is important to pick a name before you start to implement it into training. Switching the dog's name multiple times can lead to confusion. Studies show that the dog will not be as responsive, as it does not know when you are calling it, or speaking to someone else. Once you have found the perfect name to suit your new friend, the training can begin.
One key tip for training is to implement positive reinforcement. Once your puppy goes to the bathroom outside, listens to a command, or performs a behavior you want to be repeated, reward your dog! Whether the reward is a nice pet on the head, or a small little treat they can enjoy, this will allow your dog to recognize that the performed action is something to repeat. Small bite size treats, found at a local pet store, are a great idea when it comes to potty training and command training.
The next item to remember is that although your puppy is small now, and the little nips don’t hurt too much, the behavior you allow now will continue into their adult dog days. So, it is very important to discourage biting and nipping. Because puppies are quick learners in their early ages, the standards and expectations you set now will be their guidelines for the future.
Lastly, during those teething stages in the beginning, chewing is a common way to alleviate their gum pain. Now, we know holey socks and pillow fluff explosions are not things any owner is hoping their new little puppy will participate in, but in the beginning it is inevitable. The best thing you can do to help eliminate these behaviors is to differentiate “your toys” from “their toys”. As fun as it may be to chase your new little friend around the house with a sock in his or her mouth, try and replace “your toy” with one of theirs. Differentiating between these two will help ensure no damages will be done to things around the house.
Training takes time, but you must start somewhere. We hope with the help of these few important training tips, you and your new dog will be on your way to fun times ahead! Also, try Flea Away to keep your new friend flea free while you play.