5 Great Puppy-Training Tips
Before you start training, make sure you puppy-proof your place. If you don’t want chew marks on it or if it could hurt the puppy, lock it up or put it where your fur baby can’t reach it. If that is not possible, get some bitter spray and liberally spritz after stain-testing the product. Keep most rooms closed off from the dog, let them adjust to smaller spaces in your home first.
Get a Crate
One of the first things you need to train your puppy is to get into their crate. This is the place you can help them learn manners and potty issues. It is also a place he needs to learn to be when your attention can’t be focused on him. Make sure the crate is big enough for your new pooch to grow but small enough for them to feel safe. Put in some nice soft towels or blanket/pillow so they can curl up, and if you can place it near a window with sunlight or a heat source in cold weather, they’ll learn to love their little space.
Leash and Collar
Get your puppy used to wearing a collar. It needs to be tight enough that they can’t slip out of it easily, but you should also be able to slip a couple of fingers in between the collar and the dog’s neck at all times. If your puppy fights it too much, give them treats when they react well and just keep going when they don’t. If your dog is high-strung, consider one of the leashes that wraps securely around their body like a hug. This will give them a feeling of security. If you and the dog are city-dwellers, never allow them outside without a leash and you (or a family member/friend) on the other end.
Funny, it doesn’t seem like you would have to train them to play, but you want them to learn to play the right way. Without biting hard or clawing at you. Get plenty of toys with different purposes, pull toys, chew toys, challenging toys that make them think or work to get a treat, and plush toys too.
Even the dog’s schedule is a matter for training. Decide on how often you will feed, play, nap, go for walks, and other things. Once your new doggy knows the schedule, their body will adjust as needed, and they will probably begin to let you know when it’s time for a walk or food.
This is something you need to decide among your family members who will be working with the dog. What words to use and for what purposes. If you want to train Fido or Fifi to shake hands, then you don’t want one person saying, “Paw” and another saying “Shake.” But you do probably want to teach the cues to sit, get down, stop, even to charge if the dog will provide protection and security for your family.