If you are a new puppy owner, you may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of training. However, reading over some basic tips and tricks will help you feel more at ease in the role of puppy trainer and will lead to a better behaved pooch overall.
One important area to master with a puppy is housebreaking. Puppies are smaller in all ways, and that includes their bladders. Subsequently, they will need to urinate more than a more mature dog. You will want to display to your puppy how they can use the restroom outside at all times- this includes taking them out when they wake up, after they eat, and before they go to sleep. Developing comfort with the outdoors is crucial to getting your puppy housebroken. To properly housebreak your puppy, you may wish to use words of praise and positive reinforcement, as those methods work very well for dogs.
Crate training is another step to training your new puppy. It is best to have your small dog sleep in a crate at nighttime. This is because then you can get a good night’s sleep and the puppy won’t chew on things or muss up the house in other ways. Crate training can be hard for some, as your puppy may cry before he is able to sleep in the crate, but if you wait just a little bit; your puppy will soon get used to it and will enjoy his or her sleeping area. For added comfort, you may also wish to cover the top of the crate with a blanket to add some warmth and snuggliness for your pup.
Another thing a little puppy will need to get used to is being able to walk on a leash. However, before your dog steps outside, you will want to make sure he has all his shots. After that process, you can go ahead and strap on the leash. However, make sure you don’t pull too hard on the leash. Positive reinforcement is also a helpful method for training your puppy to walk on a leash. Dogs are naturally obedient creatures and subsequently respond very well to positive reinforcement for a number of training concerns. Your dog will be delighted to be considered a good boy!
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