A new puppy is an incredibly exciting addition for any household. They
bring a breath of fresh air and a new lease of life to your home with their
bounds of energy and funny antics. Puppies aren’t just a form of entertainment,
though; they require care and training to ensure that they grow into
well-behaved dogs. Most people have met a dog owner who has not trained their
dog from a puppy, and it is not difficult to see what a challenge that dog has
become to handle.
To give your new puppy the best start in life and train it to be
well-behaved, take a look at these top tips.
Give It Plenty of Water
In all their excitement and youth, it’s easy for puppies to forget about
their own basic needs, which is where you need to step in. After walks and
particularly active playtimes, make sure your puppy drinks lots of water to avoid dehydration. Always keep a bowl of fresh water available
for it to drink, especially if you go out of the house and leave them alone.
Train as Much as You Play
Training is an essential part of any puppyhood! Your puppy has to learn
where it can and can’t go to the bathroom, when playtime’s over and, perhaps
most importantly, to listen to its own name. For excellent training tips and
advice, visit bestbehaviourdogtraining.co.uk; they can help you help your puppy.
Talk to Your Kids
Puppies and kids play off each other very well, but one thing they both
have in common is that, often, neither of them knows when to stop. Educate your
children about how to properly play with a puppy, as well as other animals. For instance, they
shouldn’t pull its tail or ears. You can also encourage them to use dog toys
when playing with the puppy. Even if the puppy is small, it still has sharp
teeth to use when it’s annoyed.
Let It Explore
Everything is exciting and new when you are only a few weeks old. Let
your puppy explore your house to its heart’s content, within reason. A puppy’s
extremely strong sense of smell will take it on a whole tour of your house and
allow it to get used to its new home.
Decide If It Can Go on the Furniture
Dog owners are divided on whether dogs should be allowed on the
furniture. Is it worth the dog hair and scratches? Do you want to give up some
special cuddles? Before you get your puppy, you should firmly decide whether
you will let yours onto the sofas or not. If you let your puppy on them within
the first few weeks or months but then change your mind, it will be very
difficult to get the puppy to change its mind, and it will only confuse
them. Make a decision either way and stick to it.
Puppies are all about fun, play and exploring. Let them have their fun,
but make sure the basics are noted down as well.