5 Tips for Training Your New Puppy
Learning how they are expected to behave in the world, in your house, in the car, around other animals, and around other people are all skills that puppies need to learn through proper training and socialization. Working with your new puppy to teach them how to behave and even learn some new tricks is a great way to form an immediate bond while also setting your puppy up for a happy and healthy life.
5 Puppy Training Tips
1. Use Positive Reinforcement Training
Positive reinforcement training is much more effective in terms of training and also forming a strong bond because it’s focused on rewarding good behaviors with praise and treats, instead of discouraging bad behaviors with fear-based punishments. Use training-sized treats to avoid over-feeding.
2. Work on Crate Training
Get your puppy used to their crate (carrier or a sleeping kennel) right away. Help them associate the space with positivity and security by feeding them lots of treats in and around the crate while also praising them when they go in or near it.
3. Start Potty Training
Take your puppy outside every hour (or even more often for young or smaller puppies). When they do their business outdoors, be sure to reward them consistently with a treat, lots of praise, and plenty of love.
4. Socialize Your Puppy
Socialization is a process of gradually introducing your puppy to different things in a safe and controlled environment. This includes different kinds of people (adults and children), other animals (other dogs and other species), textures (carpet, linoleum, tile, grass, sand, gravel, dirt, etc.), sounds, sights, and smells. You have a short window to help your puppy feel confident, and this helps them not be afraid.
5. Enroll in Puppy Training Classes
Puppy training classes are a good way for you to learn how to better work with your new puppy while training and socializing your pet.
Talk to Your Veterinarian About VetMedics Compounding Pharmacy
We wish your puppy a happy and healthy life through and through. As dogs grow older, however, they sometimes need medications to manage illness or to mitigate pain following a surgical procedure such as a spay or neuter surgery. If your pet is in need of any medications, we encourage you to talk with your veterinarian about compounding your pet’s medications into tasty, easy-to-administer treats or another simple form with VetMedics Compounding Pharmacy.