Start Your New Year's Puppy With These Puppy Training Tips
The family and friends have left, the fridge is back to normal capacity, the kids are back in school and the new puppy has been named, what now?
Start the puppy off on the right paw.
When puppy training teach the rules of the house you want her to follow once she's all grown up. Some things that we think are cute in a 5 pound puppy might not be so cute in a 65lbs dog. So whether it is greeting guests by sitting politely, waiting while her food is being prepared or going potty outside, the sooner you teach her these things the better. Keeping your voice light and happy and guiding her with positive rewards is crucial to proper San Antonio puppy training.
Your puppy needs to socialize with others of her kind. Dogs love to spend time with people but they also need to know how to behave around other dogs. Having a sleepover with new friends under professional supervision is an excellent choice. Starting these meetings from a young age will ensure that your dog grows up to be a model citizen.
Starting your dog off with the right nutrition is also a part of puppy training; it will pay off as your puppy grows into a fabulous dog. Learn to read the label and make sure the ingredients are human grade. Your dog doesn't need any by products or corn. It will be important to vary foods and treats throughout your dogs life but make sure you make all changes gradually so as not to upset her tummy.
Your dog is going to need to chew. Provide the puppy with various toys, different textures as well as shapes. Buy at least one that makes noise, one that is purely for chewing, an interactive toy (ball or rope toy) that you can play with, and one in which you can stuff treats in. Don't let her munch on an old shoe thinking she knows the difference between that and your new designer shoes.
Finally, your puppy training should include getting her accustomed to going into a crate. Not only is it super useful in potty training puppies, it will make your life easier when the puppy needs to spend the night away from home. Start off by throwing all sorts of delicious stuff into a crate with the door securely open. Let your puppy find her way in, never push or force her in. Leave it open so that she can choose to go in there when she likes. If you catch her going in, praise her lots with your voice and treats. Eventually you can give the behavior a cute cue like 'go home' or 'in bed'.