Bringing home a puppy is a lot of responsibility for a new puppy parent. One of the most important things you can do is make sure your puppy develops behavioral, social, and physical skills. The way you train your puppy plays a huge role in their personality and future. Here are four essential things to teach your puppy to assist in their development.
Puppies will respond well to boundaries if they are clearly defined. Teaching them that they aren’t allowed to chew on shoes by firmly saying no and replacing the shoe with an acceptable toy will show them what they are and are not allowed to chew on. Remember to always reward good actions with lots of praise and treats. Another important factor in setting boundaries is to stick to your rules. If your puppy isn’t allowed on the bed stick to that rule. Allowing them to sometimes do so will confuse your pup and will make it harder for them to understand boundaries
2. Basic Commands
There are four golden commands that will make your life much easier. Sit, stay, come, and leave it. “Sit and “Stay” helps your puppy learn the important of patience. They are particularly helpful when your fur-baby is in a state of excitement. “Come” is a command that will help you get your pup’s attention and is good for distracting them from what they’re doing. “Leave it” is best for when they are focused on a bad activity such as following a treat off to the streets.
3. Potty Time
The best way to train a puppy to go potty in the correct places is to walk them to the spot when you can tell they have to go and when they do go reward them with praise and treats. Praise and treats allow them to recognize that their action was good and should be repeated. Continuing this pattern of positive reinforcement will help develop a daily potty time routine.
4. Their Space in Your Home
Puppies have a natural instinct to den. It’s important for them to know that their bed/crate is their space to claim. Some puppies will naturally understand this concept while others need some help. The best way to get your furry pal to love their space is to reward them with a treat when they are in their bed/crate. After a while they will create a positive association to the area and come naturally.
Training a new puppy can be a difficult task, but as a puppy parent it is very important you take the time to train them and teach them the essentials that will ensure a happy and healthy life for you and your furry friend!