It can sometimes be challenging to own a new puppy, especially if you are a first-timer. There are many lessons that you need to learn. Hopefully, you need those lessons fast because if you don’t, you and your pet may suffer. The very first thing that needs your attention is puppy training. As this is the first time owning a dog, it may take you some time to get up to speed with your dog training techniques.
Here are some tips that may help you.
Understanding your puppy
Know that your puppy is still a very young animal. And because it is still a baby, it cannot control its bladder very well. In other words, you can expect your puppy to create some problems for you, especially in the first few weeks. Also, note that your puppy still doesn’t know how to behave. As a child, it doesn’t know what is the right and wrong behavior.
Again, it takes time for the young pup to pick up social cues and learn how to behave properly. It is your job, as the owner of the pup, to train your pet.
The social hierarchy
Dogs are, by nature, social animals. But there is a social hierarchy that dogs keep to naturally. So if a dog misbehaves, let it know (with love and patience), that the wrong behavior will not be tolerated. In other words, you must assert yourself as the “boss” early on. Otherwise, the dog may grow up thinking that it can bully you (and other family members) into giving in to its demands.
When that continues to play out in the family, your training has failed.
Housebreaking your puppy
Housebreaking your puppy is all about helping your pet to develop good habits. This needs to begin at a very young age. For very young pups, it is common to see it urinate every couple of hours or so. This eventually lengthens to every 4 hours after a few weeks, as the pup starts to grow up and can control its bladder better.
There are various housebreaking techniques available. The most commonly known (and rather effective) method is the crate training method. This involves placing your pub in a relatively comfortable dog crate to help the puppy adjust to a desirable schedule.
You can also train your puppy to eliminate in a specific location. You do this by placing the paper with special odors near where the pet usually urinates. These odors are created with special liquids that can be bought from the local pet store. The animal will soon recognize the odors and will eliminate in the same spot. You may then start moving the papers slowly to the spot that you want.