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Who's a Good Boy? — Tips for Teaching Your New Puppy How to Behave

by Crystal Hedrick December 04, 2019

Who's a Good Boy? — Tips for Teaching Your New Puppy How to Behave

A new puppy is an exciting addition to any family. Of course, puppies need to learn how to behave. You'll want to ensure your new best friend knows the basics, such as potty training. Properly training your new puppy might seem daunting, but you shouldn't fret. Here are some tips to make a smooth transition.

House Training

Every dog must learn the appropriate place to relieve himself. Before diving into house training, remember that puppies are still learning how to control their bodily functions, so accidents are going to happen. You should always be patient with your dog. House training doesn't have to be hard, but it does have to be approached properly. If your puppy is very young, he will need frequent trips outside, sometimes hourly. It's always smart to take him to the same spot. Give treats and praise when your dog does his business in the designated location. A classic recommendation is to create a routine because puppies crave regular patterns. For example, take your puppy out when you wake up every day. Also, a feeding schedule can help to avoid accidents. You'll usually be able to anticipate when he needs to go out.

Obedience Training

It's important to establish good behavior as soon as possible. Most pet owners strive to teach commands such as sit, stay and come. When training your puppy, keep in mind that every dog has the potential to be a well-behaved companion, so it's important to take a positive approach and find the right style of training that best meets the needs of your dog. For example, give your puppy plenty of praise when she does a good job. You want to reinforce your puppy's name in a positive way. Never say her name in an angry fashion. When she notices you've said her name, reward her. Leash training requires a collar or harness. You want to ensure your dog knows you're in charge, so never reward for pulling away.

Socialization

Dogs are pack animals, which means they're born to be part of a group. As such, you should gradually introduce your puppy to others. Whether it's people or other animals, it's important to learn how to be social. Proper socialization helps to prevent aggressive or fearful behaviors. Start slow and don't overstimulate your pup. Take your dog on daily walks so he can experience new sights and smells. Let your puppy meet new people or other dogs. Rewards, such as praise and treats, can be given if your puppy positively responds to newcomers. It is crucial to always watch your pet because dogs will act like dogs. Your puppy will always give you clues, and you must pay attention to them. Never force an uncomfortable puppy to engage with others; that's just asking for trouble. If you find yourself struggling with proper social skills for your dog, there are puppy classes to help. As your pet becomes more familiar with the world, social interactions will become smoother.

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