Puppy Training: what to do the First Week

Every interaction with your puppy is a puppy training opportunity.

puppy trainingPuppy Training when you first bring them home is critical.

You will need.

  •  dog bed or crate,
  • food and water bowls,
  • puppy food ( preferably the one the breeder/pet shop has used for the puppy until now) to start with
  • collar
  • leash
  • toys
  • Schedule an appointment with your vet

It is very important that all family members must decide and agree on routine, responsibility and rules.

Your new puppy has just been taken away from her mom and littermates. Your Puppy is vulnerable and impressionable. What the puppy needs now is security and routine. This is were your puppy training starts.

The first few days are extremely important.

Everyone wants to feed the puppy, play with the puppy and hold the puppy.

Pre-established rules are easily broken.Does this sounds familiar?

Everyone agreed that puppy will sleep in her crate but as soon as she’s home, someone melts and insists that puppy will sleep in bed. Everyone previously agreed not to let puppy jump up on them, but in the excitement, no one even notices that puppy is jumping up. No one sleeps the first night. Puppy wins and gets to sleep in bed. The next morning we find puppy has eliminated all over the bed. So the following night puppy is banned to her crate and screams all night. No one sleeps tonight either.

Is this what happened in your house hold before you read this article? It is very common. We are all guilty of it to a certain degree.

Lets get it right not just for you and your family but for your puppy too.

Since puppies are very impressionable, it is important to start explaining the rules straight away.

The number One Rule of puppy Training your Puppy

Don’t let Your Puppy get away with anything just for being a puppy. If you allow them to have their way about certain things now, your puppy will only be confused later when you decide to change the rules. Puppies learn very quickly. It is either ‘Yes” or “No”. If it is No it needs to be No everytime if you let it turn into a Yes once your puppy will interprete that as a Yes all the time. That is just “Puppy Talk”. Yes Puppy training is that simple (on paper) but in real life it is that hard.

Never hit your puppy or give harsh reprimands, the besst approach is positive puppy training. They don’t mean to misbehave – they are just doing whatever comes naturally. Instead, you need to encourage your puppy what kind of behavior you want. Make playing with Puppy Toys fun and exciting. Let her know how happy you are and how good she is when she chews them. And tell Your Puppy Firmly “No or Off” and immediately show them one of their own toys. Then praise them.

Schedule an appointment with your vet immediately. If you haven’t got one Yet, go to the dogpark and talk to the dog owners there. They will tell you who they go and see and what they are like.

What to discuss with Your Vet:

Make sure you take the records you got from the breeder or the pet shop so your vet can see what vaccinations your puppy still need and if the worming routine is up to date. You will need this information to find out when your puppy will be allowed outside.

Socialisation a vital part of puppy training

Socialisation is the most important thing your puppy needs to learn between 6 and 16 weeks of age.  This is the life stage your puppy will learn the most. Puppies are susceptible to many canine diseases until they are fully vaccinated; so don’t take your puppy outside until your veterinarian says it is OK. Once you get the ok you will need to introduce your puppy to as many situations as you can.

  • bus trips
  • Load noises ( firework, thunder and lighting )
  • traffic
  • kids parties ( high pich voices)
  • Men with deep voices
  • Dog parks
  • Beach and Sea ( if you are planning on beach walks with your dog)

Good luck with your puppy on this First week. Cont with First month with your puppy…

Your puppy’s emotional and mental health is just as important as their physical health. When your schedule your puppy’s first veterinary visit, also schedule her into a puppy socialization class. Your puppy may not be able to attend yet, but reserve your place now so you don’t miss out it is a vital part of your dogs puppy training. Puppy socialization classes give your puppy an opportunity to meet a variety of people and dogs in a controlled situation and have a chance to just romp and play with other young puppies.

 

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