Puppy training actually begins the moment you bring a new puppy into your home. The first week is very important. Everyone in the family needs to be on the same page when it comes to the routine, responsibility and rules that will be set for the newest member of the family. This is also a good time to be thinking about pet insurance, as small puppies have yet to develop a strong immune system or sense of danger, and the new environment could contain many potential hazards, most of which could seem perfectly harmless! Animal Friends Insurance is one provider which can offer you a range of dog insurance plans to suit your needs and budget, including full lifetime cover for your new puppy.
The first few days in your puppy’s new home are extremely important and will be a time of much excitement and joy. However, remember your new puppy has just been taken away from the only place he has ever known and is very vulnerable and impressionable. You have to set up a routine and rules from the start. Puppies are very smart and will learn very quickly.
First you need to set up a special place for the newest member of your home. Puppies need security and a set routine. Set up a small room to be their own special safe place for the next couple of weeks or so. Make sure you paper the entire floor and put down food and water bowls, a bed and scatter plenty of toys around.
Try playing with your puppy quietly and gently. If your pup seems to be tired, leave him alone in his special place and let him sleep. Puppies are like babies, they need lots of sleep. Puppies are so irresistible and most people want to give them whatever they want. If you allow that to happen now when the pup becomes older you will find you may have problems breaking bad habits.
Never hit your puppy. They don’t mean to be bad or misbehave- they are just doing what comes naturally to them. Show the pup what kind of behavior you want and teach him how to play with his toys. Make sure that you show him how happy you are that he is chewing on his toys and not your furniture.
We all know that puppies are chewing machines. That is why it is important to have plenty of chew toys around for them to use. When you see the pup start to chew on your furniture or a shoe, immediately grab one of their toys and get the pup’s attention. When the pup starts to play and chew on its toy make sure to praise them profusely. This shows them that you are happy with what they are doing. This shows them that when they do certain things which make you happy they will receive attention. You want to reward the good behavior and not the bad.
Puppies have to be watched over very closely for the first few days until they figure out what their boundaries are. They have to be shown what is acceptable to be chewed on and what is not. They are just doing what comes naturally and don’t know any better. If you are not available to watch over them make sure they don’t have access to places where they can get into trouble. This is where a baby gate can come in handy if you want the pup to be around the family during the day but out of harm’s way.
Routines are especially important to establish with your puppy. Having a set routine gives your puppy security and helps to keep him calm and not fearful. If you and other family members will be gone during the day or on certain nights you need to get the pup accustomed to being alone. Every time the puppy whines resist the urge to comfort him.
One of the first things to take care of after the puppy is settled into its new home is to make an appointment with your veterinarian. Make sure to do this right away and to set up the schedule for vaccinations. Vaccinations are very important because puppies are susceptible to many canine diseases. Take out a comprehensive pet insurance policy too, as vet’s bills for unexpected mishaps and illnesses can be very expensive.
If you establish a routine and rules from the start, everyone, including your puppy, will be able to form a bond that will last a lifetime. Puppies grow up very quickly and you will want to be able to enjoy all of the different stages they will go through. When you get frustrated with potty training and the chewing, just remember it will pass and soon you will be over the hardest part of the adjustment period. Like raising a baby, puppies need a lot of love, attention and special care. In return you will get devotion, love and loyalty from the newest four-legged member of your family.