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Dog Training News - Raising Your Puppy

08-03-2012

A new puppy is a bundle of happiness and can bring an abundance of joy to the family through the unconditional love they provide.

However, owning a puppy is not easy, and is not all fun and games. It does infact involve a huge commitment, in terms of the time you need to spend with your dog and the effort needed to ensure your puppy grows up to be a model citizen in the dog world and around other people.

Here are some top tips to think about when raising your puppy;

  • Don’t accept behaviour now, which you wouldn’t like when your puppy is ten times the size! For instance mouthing and jumping up.
  • Be clear and consistent with rules and boundaries, such as no jumping on furniture! If you let your puppy on the sofa one day but not the next, it causes confusion and frustration.
  • Crate train your puppy to aid toilet training and to reduce separation anxiety.
  • Make the crate den nice and cosy, and even feed your puppy in there or encourage them in with toys and treats to make it an extremely positive place to be!
  • Leave your puppy alone in the crate for at least an hour a day to get them used to being on their own and prevent separation anxiety. Start with just ten minutes and increase gradually.
  • Never leave your dog for more than a couple of hours, especially as a puppy.
  • Create games for you and your puppy to play such as fetch and hide and seek!
  • Teach your puppy to respond to obedience commands such as sit, down, stay and leave it.
  • Attend training and socialization classes to develop your dog’s obedience and his/her ability to interact with others in a safe environment.
  • Ensure your puppy is happy for you to take things away from them, by playing exchange games with toys and chews.
  • Add tasty treats to your puppies bowl when they are eating and stroke them, in order to make you being around their food a positive thing.
  • Let your puppy outside at least every couple of hours for them to go to toilet. Praise when they go to toilet outside and use a key word such as ‘be quick’ as an eventual cue to the behaviour.
  • Don’t punish your puppy for having accidents in the house, but if you catch them in the act, make a sudden high pitched sound and quickly pick them up and put them outside.
  • Always reinforce behaviour you like with praise and affection.
  • Ignore or correct behaviour you don’t like and teach them an alternative!
  • Set your puppy up for success by preventing negative behaviours in the first place through good management and training!

If you'd like your dog to learn more, please contact us today to book your dogs obedience assessment.


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