When you finally get to take your pup home, the last thing on your mind is training them to behave and where to go to the toilet straight away, right?
Although this may be the case and helping to settle your pup in as easily as possible is the only goal at this moment in time, it is really important to start communicating with your puppy about the way you want them to behave – we would advise you do it almost immediately so that they get in to a routine straight away.
Here, we’ve listed 10 top tips on how to train your puppy from bringing them home for the first time.
Your pup will benefit from short periods left alone in the comfort and safety of their private space. Reward your pup if it remains relaxed and quiet. Your pup’s private space will also be a valuable tool for house training.
Get on your pup’s level and call it to come using your chosen name. When your pup does as it is told, make a big deal using positive reinforcement. Then try it when he/she is busy with something interesting. You’ll really see the benefits of perfecting this command early as your pup gets older.
When your pup’s doing something bad, try your chosen training technique right away so it has a chance to make the association between the behaviour and the correction. Consistent repetition will reinforce what your pup has learned.
Your pup will be surprised that you are reacting this way that your pup is very likely to stop immediately. If this doesn’t happen, try trading a toy and if all else fails, break up the biting behaviour and then just ignore.
First thing every morning, bring your puppy outside to the same general area. It is important to remain consistent throughout the process so that your puppy can learn the habit.
Once your new puppy has successfully gone outside, it is important to reward the good behaviour.
In the early stages of housebreaking your bound to have an accident or two, but be sure not to punish your puppy for an accident or do anything to create a negative association with your pup’s bodily functions. Stay calm and assertive and quietly remove the puppy to the place where you want them to go.
For more information or to have a chat about the next steps you should take to train your puppy successfully, please give us a call on 07779 956076 | 01282 694461