New puppy owner – Tips to get you started

Tips to get your puppy off on the right foot

Bringing home your new puppy is exciting for sure. Tips to get you started.Silver Spring puppy training Maryland

Is your puppy too young?

Picking up a puppy before 12 weeks can result in the puppy experiencing severe stress.

What is stress in a puppy?

Stress can include, separation anxiety and much puppy biting. It is advisable to not separate young puppies from their mom and litter mates prior to 12 weeks. This will  help avoid potential problems as they grow.

Not starting basic puppy training immediately:

A young 10 week old puppy’s brain is open and soaking in new information.  Starting basic training immediately will help install optimal behaviors as your puppy develops into an adolescent.

Crate training:

Crating your puppy helps satisfy their desire to feel safe,  settle and relax. I recommend crate training especially if you are a to new puppy owner. A crate should be large enough so your puppy can feel comfortable. The ability to eat his meals, chew bones as well as able to stretch out and stand up is optimal.

Why use a crate?

The use of the crate is excellent training tool to contain your puppy.  Crating a puppy should be carried out for small periods at a time.  Always ensure your puppy continues to enjoy his new space by using continued positive association.

Too much free time:

Their new living environment is enriching with new things. To a puppy everything is a chew toy or a play thing. If allowed to run free he is likely to destroy household items.  Too much free time can also encourages your puppy to go potty in the home.  Limit free time, if your puppy is out of the crate, he must be supervised at all times.    Once your puppy can be trusted not to go potty in the home, and less destructive only then he can be afforded more free time in the home.

Free Feeding:

It is not advisable to leave food out all day. If you allow your puppy to free feed it will make it difficult for you to know when your puppy has eaten. Regulating food helps also with housebreaking.  Puppies that are free fed can end up putting on large amounts of weight.  They also reduce the value of their food. Increasing the value of food is beneficial as it can be used for training purposes.

Exaggerating greetings and departures:

Over excited puppies often results in jumping  on guests. When you greet your puppy it’s advisable to wait until he is calm and not excited and to keep any interactions relatively low key. Your puppy will learn that calm behavior gets him greeting rewards.

Scolding your puppy:

Scolding your puppy is a bad idea!  As your puppy is learning its important for us us to teach him the rules of the home.  Positively reinforcing behaviors your desire.  If you scold your puppy you run the risk of creating a fearful puppy who doesn’t trust you.  So lets communicate with our puppy in a way they understand with kindness so they can trust us to provide for them with the feedback they need.

Failing to socialize your puppy:

The first 13 weeks of your puppy’s social life is the most cruciate time period in his or her life. During this period  your puppy should be socialized with men, women, children,  puppies, and friendly adult dogs. If your puppy does not receive this important socialization your puppy will develop anti social behavior.  Anti social behavior can result in fear aggression as your puppy matures.   Find other friendly dogs in your area that your puppy can physically play with. Sit outside the local hardware store, letting strangers give him  treats as they walk past.

Certified Profesional Dog Trainer – CCPDT-KA

Associate Dog behaiovr consultant – IAABC


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