You’ve just brought a new, cuddly pup home, but now what do you do with him?!
We are here for you! We have compiled a list of the top 4 things you should start with your puppy as soon as you bring them home.
The key to any potty-training plan is to careful supervision. We recommend using a leash and tethering the puppy near you to something they can not pull. This will help you keep an eye on them and catch them quickly if they start to potty. Even if it is hard to bear being away from them, if you can’t watch your puppy, they should be placed in their crate.
You will also want to put their water bowl outside and get in the habit of letting them out every 2 hours to get a drink and go potty. When they do go to the bathroom outside, wait until they finish going potty before giving them 3 tasty treats. If you catch them going potty inside use a firm “no” and then take them outside.
One of the most critical aspects of puppy raising is socialization. When taking your puppy out bring plenty of treats and feed them often when they see new people and dogs or hear new noises. You should aim for your puppy to see at least 20 new people and dogs each week and visit new locations regularly.
Appropriate Toy Play
Almost everyone has experienced the “piranha” puppy or lost a shoe to their little teeth. As cute as it might be in the beginning, the charm may wear off quickly. To help avoid this, it is important to teach your puppy appropriate toys from the beginning. We recommend crossing any stuffed, rope, or rawhide toys off your puppy shopping list and selecting rubber toys such as Nylabone, Kong or Starmark, deer antlers and sterilized femur bones instead. When playing with your puppy encourage them by praising and petting them anytime they have an appropriate toy in their mouth and stopping attention when they drop the toy.”
Lastly, begin feeding part of your puppy’s meals by hand every day. Everyone in the house should participate especially children. Hand-feeding associates your attention with food and gets your puppy used to working for things. This helps you avoid needing to break out a steak if your dog is struggling with learning new behaviors down the road.
Further Resources and Training
In order to develop a healthy and happy dog, follow the tips we have outlined above. We also recommend using our resources page for further assistance. Beyond the Dog is dedicated to helping owners and dogs live better lives through science-based training. Contact us today if you’d like additional assistance with your puppy’s training. You can reach our Kansas City office by calling (913) 514-4930. Our team will find the right training program for you and your puppy!