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Top Tips to Train your Puppy
Monday February 15th 2016
Getting a puppy is probably one of the most exciting things you can do, and rightfully so. However, unless you have trained dogs before, there are many things you need to remember when you get your pup. First and foremost (after loving them more than anything else on the planet) is to make sure that they are properly trained. This will make your life so much easier, and for so many different reasons. This will ensure that your house stays your home without it becoming a puppy play-pen, it will make sure you can sleep through the night without being woken up, and it will ensure that your puppy will respond to its name, amongst many other things.
This is always something that needs to be addressed immediately, as no-one likes little unexpected puddles inside their house. It’s useful to note when your puppy needs to go during the day and night to monitor when and what makes your puppy need to urinate or defecate. Generally however, puppies usually need to urinate as soon as they wake up, within fifteen minutes of eating, and at least every hour or two. Always make sure to go outside with your puppy when they need to go, and use encouraging words or phrases such as ‘be busy’ or ‘be clean’ for their different actions. This means that they will then learn to do whatever it is they do on command when you say these phrases. Puppies can also urinate spontaneously when they get excited so make sure to take your puppy outside frequently when they have been playing or been active.
There are many common misconceptions when it comes to toilet training a puppy so ensure you don’t do these. Puppies and dogs love routines so always feed your puppy at a regular time to ensure that they begin to understand the idea of a routine. This should mean that later on your pup doesn’t develop an unusual toilet habit at 3AM, if they always receive their dinner at the same time every night. Also never expect a puppy to go the whole night without being let outside when they are very young.
Training a puppy not to bite
It’s natural for puppies to bite when they’re very young and still teething. As a general rule, you should teach your pup not to bite by the time they are four months old, which is the age that they would learn this from their mother, if they were left with their litter. The main way of inhibiting your puppy from biting is through socialisation, as they learn what is right and wrong from the way other dogs react when they interact with them. This is also beneficial as they will use other dogs as their playmates rather than you, and it has been shown that a puppy that can’t play with another puppy is more hyperactive and can therefore be more destructive around the home.
A lack of socialisation will cause your puppy to be more likely to bite, as they react to situations that they are uncertain in with aggression. If there is anything you don’t want your dog to be afraid of or aggressive towards, then it is imperative that they are socialised with your puppy before they are four months old. Another great way to ensure your puppy won’t bite is to pretend that you’re in a lot of pain if he bites you. He’ll be very surprised and will likely stop immediately if he thinks he has put you in that much pain.
Puppy obedience training
Crate training is one of the most effective methods of puppy training, as once he’s used to being in his crate, he will then not have a problem with trips in the car, or being taken to the vet etc. Some people think dog crates are cruel, and act as a prison, but since dogs are den animals they fully appreciate having that space to retreat to.
It’s important when training your pup to decide exactly what is right and what is wrong for you. There’s nothing more unfair than telling your puppy one day that something is OK and then the next day it isn’t. Decide clearly whether or not they’re allowed on the sofa, whether or not they’re allowed to bark and jump up etc. before beginning to train your pup. However, even though you will need to teach your pup that certain things are wrong, you should always praise your pup when they do something good. This shouldn’t always be in the form of treats either, and could just be lots of praise, or a new toy.
Overall, the most important thing to remember is that your puppy will only be properly trained if he respects you. It is only when they start to respect you that they can start to trust you, and it is only at this point that they will to properly listen to you, and therefore react to your training.
This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers Pet Insurance. Visit us online at http://www.helpucover.co.uk