As any dog expert will tell you, it’s important to start the puppy training process as early as possible in order to avoid your pet developing bad habits that will be difficult to shake later on. Proper puppy manners need to be taught early, and this involves teaching your new dog how to react to certain situations properly, and how to socialize properly with people and other animals.
This a crucial step toward a happy relationship between a pet and its owner. Learning a few basic puppy training tactics will start you on your way to successfully rearing your pup into a full grown, well-mannered dog.
How to Toilet Train Your Pup
Toilet training should begin the moment your puppy gets home. Puppies urinate quite frequently and being successful at in-house training depends greatly on anticipating the needs of your dog. Your puppy should be given an opportunity to relieve itself as often as possible, and this isn’t as difficult to anticipate as you might think.
You can usually tell when your animal wants to go because the animal will usually look around anxiously, or may walk in circles, and will likely start sniffing out suitable corners or tucked away areas to do their business. This is usually your cue to take your pet outside.
Of course, not everyone has the time to devote to round-the-clock puppy pee-time vigilance. For those who can’t always be in the same room, there are a number of products on the market that can help, including commercial pee-pads.
These pads are made from 100% natural grass and can be a great way to ensure your pet doesn’t make a mess during early stages of training because the animal will use the pad rather than the furniture. You should consider dog pee grass mats for your condo or home if you are unable to be present at all times.
How to Motivate Your Furry Pal
Remember that as soon as you bring your dog home, you need to step into his frame of mind. Dogs are pack animals and naturally enjoy following a leader. If you act like such a leader, your puppy’s largest motivation will instantly become making you happy.
All you need to do is commit to some minor reinforcement of positive behaviour and your puppy will suddenly realize that all it needs to do is follow the rules you set to ensure that you are both happy with where the relationship is going.
Puppy treats are obviously a major motivation factor, but you should make sure that there are no free rides. Make your puppy earn each and every one of the treats you give.
It’s also important not to hand out food as a reward every time you want to positively reinforce your furry pal. Start to gradually replace treats with praise and eventually you will phase out the need for treats altogether.
If you are able to stick to a routine and follow the above advice, you’ll be well on your way to a perfect relationship with your new pup.